Symmetry in a Thousand Hands

The coordination and tight symmetry in this performance of The Thousand-Hand Guan Yin is truly stunning to watch. Beautiful performance art. I wonder if those pointed apparatuses on their fingers are sharp?

This came in an email to me and it’s worth sharing:

There is an awesome dance, called the Thousand-Hand Guan Yin, 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 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 this year.

I’m actually not a big Muse fan but here’s a video that I think is appropriate for this Kick Start Your Weekend post, “Bliss” from their Origin of Symmetry album:

Conversations @ Dancing on YouTube

OK, you may have seen the wedding video of the attendants and bride and groom dancing their way down the aisle on YouTube. I thought it was pretty cool too, especially the faux Slow Mo part (which the news clips seem to leave out). What I’m more fascinated by is the viral wave that took over after it was posted (July 19th). The couple was featured on Good Morning America; there was a story about it the Washington Post and they were featured on ABC’s Nightly News that night (July 24th). That’s pretty crazy. If they aren’t publicists they should be.

The conversation came up about this at dinner that night. My older son, Piers, mentioned the “Where the Hell is Matt?” video craze on YouTube. “What, you haven’t seen it yet!?”….”No, I’m just your cave mom, must be living in the dark.” But, I’m happy he told me about it because it has more viewers (over 22 million) than the wedding video (nearly 5 million) and is more interesting as far as the internal wave that took over to get it produced with “fans” joining him to dance in the 42 countries that he visited over 14 months. Culturally, it’s also entertaining, like N. Korea, New Guinea and Japan among others and artistically, there must have  been a lot of editing to get the end result.

Then, I mentioned how I also saw a piece on the news regarding a musical documentary of sorts that started with SXSW recording a street musician singing “Stand by Me” in Chicago and then other musicians and vocals were taped in New Orleans, Spain, Russia, South Africa and others and their tracks were added to create one piece. I thought this was a creatively cool concept; plus, I always liked this song.

Then, the conversation was abruptly dismissed by my 17 year old, Jackson, saying, “Yeah, but it was cheesey, kinda like Bono’s world peace or we are the world”….Teenagers. He hasn’t seen the Matt one yet….Well, then we got on world peace and racism and the latest headlines in the news, much to his chagrin. 🙂