From Aus­tralia to the Palace of Art in China

Special Focus - - Contents - 从澳洲步入中国艺术殿堂Liu Dongli 刘冬莉

In the Spring Fes­ti­val of 2018, Han Show The­ater, lo­cated on the lush shores of the East Lake, the big­gest ur­ban lake in China, at­tracted the most tourists, who were com­prised of Chi­nese and for­eign na­tion­als. It is a world- class the­ater that ac­com­mo­dates an au­di­ence of thou­sands. In the past four years, it was Pene Quarry, a beau­ti­ful stage artist from Aus­tralia, who im­bued the the­ater with energy and ex­cite­ment.

It is her pro­found artis­tic tal­ent, wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and heart­felt de­vo­tion to stage per­for­mance that has en­abled her to shine as brightly as the spot­light that brings her craft to the world from atop this stage in the past four years.

When she grad­u­ated from the Sid­ney Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art in 1991, Pene took on a mi­gra­tory life for her artis­tic ca­reer, tour­ing around and leav­ing her foot­prints in al­most all the fa­mous art cen­ters in Aus­tralia. She rose to fame step by step, and even­tu­ally joined the team for the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies of Syd­ney Olympic Games as a stage man­ager. Af­ter that, Pene de­cided to chal­lenge her­self on a big­ger stage, so she took her art all world­wide, to places like Ger­many, Switzer­land, Monaco, New Zealand, Korea, Ja­pan, Thai­land, Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, where she was the or­ga­nizer and de­signer for a num­ber of grand per­for­mances. In the win­ter of 2008, Pene came to China with the troupe of Cats

( the fa­mous Broad­way mu­si­cal) on its world tour, which was the first time she had ever been to Wuhan. The downy white snow that blan­keted the city that year is still as fresh in her mind as the day it fell. Six years later, Wuhan Wanda Dragon En­ter­tain­ment Com­pany ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to her. Af­ter read­ing the pro­posal from Dragon, Pene felt it was the ideal place to live her dream, so she gladly ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion.

In Pene’s own words, she was born for the stage, which is the only place she holds dear. The more ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing the per­for­mance is, the more ex­cit­ing she will grow. Usu­ally, as soon as she ar­rives at her of­fice, she drops her bag in her of­fice and spends hours on end in the au­di­to­rium. She al­ways or­ders de­liv­ery, as she has no time for a proper meal. Be­sides, she lives far from her

work­place, so it takes her a long time to go to work, and from time to time, she leaves home be­fore dawn and re­turns af­ter dark. Even so, Pene is al­ways en­er­getic at work, and she sel­dom takes a nap dur­ing the day.

Power, pas­sion and per­sis­tence are the core el­e­ments for suc­cess. In Pene’s eyes, it def­i­nitely gives her a stronger sense of self-es­teem to see that her in­no­va­tive ideas have brought joy and smiles to the au­di­ence, who shows her a lot of love at the end of each show. “I love Wuhan be­cause of the Han Show. This city makes me feel at home. I am com­fort­able liv­ing here, and I want to stay here for as long as pos­si­ble.”

Pene grad­u­ally adapts to her life in Wuhan. She has made ef­forts in learn­ing the Wuhan di­alect, and it turned out that she has learned it pretty well. Like the Wuhan lo­cals, Pene loves eat­ing hot- dry noo­dles. She also cares about the daily changes tak­ing place in Wuhan, and she agrees with the city slo­gan—“Wuhan, Dif­fer­ent Ev­ery­day!” “Wuhan is changing so fast. It seems that the con­struc­tion of Metro Line 8 has been com­pleted overnight,” Pene re­marked.

In terms of au­di­ence

at­ten­dance, en­thu­si­asm and com­men­tary, Pene feels that Wuhan’s cit­i­zens have a greater and greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for art, and notes that peo­ple today tend to leave home and watch a per­for­mance in the the­ater, which not only in­di­cates an im­proved liv­ing stan­dard, but also peo­ple’s love and pur­suit of art.

Pene loves life and makes each day count. Apart from liv­ing a healthy life­style, she gets close to nature when­ever she is free. She likes to carry a cam­era to pho­to­graph the sprout­ing of the wil­lows and the green grass, re­lax her­self in a land­scape of lakes and moun­tains, and find in­spi­ra­tion and joy in nature. This is the year of Pene’s birth sign in the Chi­nese zo­diac, quite aus­pi­cious, as she was also born in the year of the dog. Out of her love for the joy­ous Chi­nese Spring Fes­ti­val, she rev­eled in the am­biance of the fes­ti­val by dec­o­rat­ing her of­fice with cel­e­bra­tory or­na­ments just like the lo­cals, and she also sent out red en­velopes to her col­leagues and made new year wishes to all. (Trans­la­tion: Zhu Yaguang)

汉秀剧照 A per­for­mance at Han Show The­ater

乔佩妮 Pene Quarry

汉秀团队(后排居中者为乔佩妮) Group photo of Han Show staff (Pene Quarry is the one in the mid­dle of the back row)

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