Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hearing-impaired dancers perform 'Buddha with 1000 Hands'

I stumbled on this video and thought it was pretty cool. It shows 21 hearing-impaired members of the China Disabled People's Performing Arts Troupe performing a dance called 'One Thousand Hands Bodhisattva' in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China. It was a charity fundraising performance to raise money for the handicapped in the province.

The group performed a similar dance at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, to much acclaim.

The routine goes a bit 'Las Vegas' towards the end but the beginning is quite mesmerizing. Bear in mind that being hearing-impared, the dancers can't time their moves to the music but have to rely on visual cues from their trainers offstage:

via A Real China

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