This is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guanyin, which is making the rounds across the net.
Considering the tight coordination required, their accomplishment is nothing short of amazing, even if they were not all deaf . Yes, you read correctly. All 21 of the dancers are deaf. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is both intricate and stirring. Its first major international debut was in Athens last year at the closing ceremonies for the 2004 Paralympics. But it had long been in the repertoire of the Chinese Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and had traveled to more than 40 countries. Its lead dancer is 29 year old Tai Lihua, who has a BA from the Hubei Fine Arts Institute. The video was recorded in Beijing during the Spring Festival celebrations this year.
The 15th Annual Pacific Northwest Optimist Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sponsored by the BC Provincial Outreach Program and Optimist International is approaching quickly. It will be held on April 1st this year at Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. Please open the attached flyer for more details on the event.
Come one, Come all!
This invite is open to all parents, teachers, colleagues, friends, family of the participants and media. Join us in encouraging and in being inspired by participants from all across BC as they present on this year’s theme “For me, optimism is…”