Is China ready for global leadership?

  Much was made of President Xi Jing Ping’s address at Davos a few weeks back, extolling the virtues of globalisation in the face of increasing isolationism from Western governments.  Davos participants and the press made much of the ironies that such endorsement should come from the world’s largest communist party, marvelling at the extraordinary … More Is China ready for global leadership?

Wake up France!

When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customers […]

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Wake up France!

When I moved to France 6 years ago after 7 years of living in China, I got to know a young Chinese woman who managed the Louis Vuitton branch on the ground floor of Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Married to a Frenchman and having lived here many years, she recounted to me how Chinese customers … More Wake up France!

Hua Dan Goes to Edinburgh Festival – making our Dumpling Dreams come true!

Throughout my time of working in China and setting up Hua Dan, I have been privileged to hear the stories of migrant, rural and urban women who have generously shared their experiences of what it means to be a woman in modern China today. Furthermore, as theatre people, stories are our medium of communication, windows through … More Hua Dan Goes to Edinburgh Festival – making our Dumpling Dreams come true!

State of grace

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace recently.  Grace as a concept of forgiveness, redemption, of righting past wrongs and moving forward At the same time, I have been working to better understand ideas about beauty in relation to this idea of grace.  As a creative person and spiritual thinker, I see beauty and grace … More State of grace

Returning Home

Well, here I am, on the plane to Chengdu, my first trip back to China in over a year. I’ve missed the Hua Dan team.  It’s been a rocky road for all of us, in one way or another, and I’m eager to be together again, after so long.  I’m excited to be working with … More Returning Home

Achieving personal transformation through the arts

(originally published at http://www.forumblog.org)  I have seen the transformative power of working from a view of the world that places love at the heart of our actions and the power of the arts to facilitate this experience. In the last 10 years, I have witnessed the extraordinary power, courage and tenacity of a group of … More Achieving personal transformation through the arts