September 20, 2011: "There are over 60 million disabled people in China."
The dance in the attached video is called "Buddha with a Thousand Hands". What makes this dance truly beautiful is the performers are all deaf. They are part of the China Disabled People's Arts Troupe.
The China Disabled People's Arts Troupe was established in 1987. It is a professional performing troupe subordinated to China Disabled Persons' Federation. The handicapped members, either deaf, blind or mentally challenged, are also normal workers, farmers, students and employees. The Art Director and other staff in charge of stage art, lighting, audio effects, costume design, vocals, instrument playing and dancing are all leading Chinese artists.
For over 18 years, the troupe has put on stage more than a hundred performances and toured over 30 countries, "demonstrating the rich inner world of the disabled." All of the troupe's performances were to "sold out" audiences and received only the highest reviews. Former Premier Zhu Rongji once acclaimed that the troupe's performance "demonstrates the greatness of human being and the power of will".
Enjoy "Buddha with a Thousand Hands"
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Sources: YouTube, tontotings, chinaculture.org