Dance of a Thousand Hands~Awesome Video!

June 10, 2007 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Asian, Blogroll, Dancing, Hearing Impaired, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Princesses! | 13 Comments


Fellow Kindermusik Educator Jeanne Lippincott sent a link to this video of the Dance of a Thousand Hands. Read on to understand the completely awesome nature of what this video encompasses… 

Thousand-Hand Guan Yin    ~    There 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 complete deaf-mutes. Relying only on signals from trainers at the four corners of the stage, these extraordinary dancers deliver a visual spectacle that is at once 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 Persons’ 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 this year. More information

As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
A thousand hands will naturally come to your aid
As long as you are kind and there is love in your heart
You will reach out with a thousand hands to help others

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

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  1. So very lovely.

  2. Mesmerizing! This takes concentration for their precision. Remarkable.

  3. Really this is great . I surprise those dancers who are physically challnaged belong to hwere ? Can anyone say me about these dancers ? You can mail me at nirupam_bondhu@rediffmail.com .Who trend these persons

  4. This was great viewing.

  5. This is so humbling to those of us who HAVE full health and capacity yet never attain the achievement that these performers have.

    God Bless them and their teachers!

    Howard Harvey – North Carolina

  6. A truly amazing preformance – I thought it took great coordination before I read the information on it- now I am doubly impressed. It shows that handicapped people can do a lot of things if they are willing to try.

  7. This dance is absolutely beautiful! And to think that is is performed by people who are handicapped is truly amazing…I am in awe and salute these dancers!

  8. There is no more accomplished artistic expression than that coming from the Mid and Far East! This group is astounding, beautiful, and Yes, even Spiritual! Whose heart and Soul can avoid being touched by this performance?!!?

  9. The dance is absolutely beautiful The shape of human hands is unique and probably the most expressive part of our body. This dance was just mesmerizing. However it deserved better music, instead of this sweet, pseudo-oriental, kitchy music. What a pity! With music of the same quality as the dance it could have been a perfect work of art.

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