Thoughts of Jeanmarie

Frank and Jeanmarie, the main characters of “The Dwarf in China”, have taken up a new adventure in the city of Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province. They performed their dwarf show in kindergartens from March 10th until April 10th 2015. Frank & Jeanmarie will write about this period on this blog.
Read bottom posts first to read in chronological order!
Frank en JM handenschudden
Thoughts of Jeanmarie 
A day of resting….
I sit on my bed on the 26 th floor of a tower that serves as our base for a one month expedition in the concrete jungle of the urban giant called Chengdu.
The foggy-smoggy blanket- that progress has layed over the citycenter- is particularly thick today and i can hardly see our neighbouring towers all around.

On the ground i imagine loads of chinese people going around with their smartfone at hand for selfies that will show tomorrow that they have been in the promised land of a neokapitalist paradise in the artificial heart of the city center with its material goods and gods of luxurious brands from all over the world.

Tonight this part of the chinese dream will even be more convincing with all the lights that will bring in the colours and moving picture fantasies on giant screens that are spread all over…to lure the public into the impression that this is the place to be……Allmost day and night cleaners by the hundreds,sometimes well dressed in specially designed costumes are washing away the dust that  keeps on coming down from the sky…….painting the concrete universe even more grey all the time….

And yet……surprise surprise……allmost everywhere i see and feel a people that is genuinally joyfull and relaxed..

On the free saturday i took the metro untill the terminal to reach for the outskirts of this jungle and was happy to discover that  the people are continuing their lives in their good old kashba like working class neighbourhoods.In an ongoing chaos of foodshops,drugstores,traditional healing clinics,welding workshops and what more…..litlle kids playing around,elderly people playing

majing games,boys and girls enjoying each others company in the general mood of spring…that just accomplished gods most delightfull trick on the planet…even here,amidst all those pollution loaded dust damping grey world of running cars all over the place.

Vive la vie,where ever