This weekend my family were invited to see 'My Dream' from China's Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe. Formed in 1987 with more than 85 performers this troupe has performed in over 40 countries on five continents, from Beijingâs Great Hall of the People to the Sydney Opera House, New Yorkâs Carnegie Hall to Milanâs Teatro alla Scala. In 2004 it was performed at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics in Athens. Choreographer Zhang Jigang is currently co-directing opening and closing ceremonies for Beijing 2008.
The highlight of the show is the Thousand Hand Bodhissatva, which features 21 hearing impaired dancers who form remarkable arm and hand positions by standing behind each other in a perfect column. Breathtaking images are created as the dancers produce perfectly timed and choreographed movements. All performances were amazing and the visually impaired piano player definitely put my skills to shame!! I must say we were all a bit apprehensive about going to the show as we really didnt know what to expect as performers are visually or hearing impaired or in wheelchair but it was delightful to see such talent!