Zhang Jigang
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
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Answers to Quiz #453 - November 2, 2014
1. What is the name of this dance?
2. What is unusual about the first group that performed it?
3. What is the symbolism of the story?
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sickness out there too, both physical and mental. Sometimes though, we really have
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i think shes going to need some more arms.
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1.  Thousand Hand Bodhisattva (Guan Yin)
2. They are deaf.
3. The thousand hands represent Guan Yin's
many abilities to render assistance.
Thousand Hand Bodhisattva is
internationally acclaimed choreographer
Zhang Jigang's most famous and
influential production. The piece 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. The
show quickly became a national treasure
and overwhelming domestic success. It
was first performed internationally at the
Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. in
front of former President of the United
States Bill Clinton, senior White House
staff and spectators. It generated rave
reviews and was showcased shortly
thereafter around the world in countries
including Australia, Japan, North Korea,
Egypt, Turkey and Italy. In 2004 it was
performed at the Closing Ceremonies for
the 2004 Summer Paralympics in
Athens, Greece (see it here) and Miss
World 2004 pageant held in Sanya,
China. The primary filmed version was
captured in 2005 at the Spring Festival in
China on CCTV. It subsequently spread
across the internet on such sites as
Google Video and YouTube (see below).
It is widely estimated that hundreds of
millions of Chinese and international
viewers around the world have viewed
the videos online.
The Thousand Hand Bodhisattva
Zhang Jigang (born
December 25, 1958) is an
internationally acclaimed
Chinese choreographer and
a Lieutenant General in the
People's Liberation Army.
He was the former director
of the Song and Dance
Ensemble with the People's
Liberation Army before
promotion in 2006. Zhang
Jigang now holds the
highest non-combat
military officer rank in
Course of Development

In 1987, about 30 disabled persons who loved arts were approved to participate in the
1st China Art Festival and founded the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe

In the first 13 years, CDPPAT was an amateur organization with low arts level and the
performers aimed to pass the idea of “Equality and Participation”.

In 2000, CDPPAT created the large-scale Music & Dance MY Dream by the unique
performing way and improved to professional level.

In 2002, CDPPAT entered the cultural market and made their commercial shows
successful and got recognition by audience.

In 2004, CDPPAT turned into a professional arts group from an amateur one. With the
aspiration of being “Truth, Honesty and Virtue” and human spirit of “Harmony and
love”, CDPPAT has became uplifting.

Construction of Troupe

There are 110 disabled performers and 37 staff members in CDPPAT. The average age
of disabled performers is 20 and that of the staff members, 29. The President, Art
Director, Dance Arranger and Music Arranger are all disabled people. With a philosophy
based on self-respect, self-confidence, self-improvement and self-reliance, as well as
mutual respect, mutual care, mutual aid and mutual complementarities. They design and
create program, train performers, produce promotional and audiovisual products, and
also publicity and marketing. The troupe has got two teams of performers to be able to
perform in two different countries and regions at the same time. They have also set up
a trainee team aimed at training young talents.
He is the only choreographer to receive the crown title of
"Century Star" in the country, and is responsible for the
creation of more than 300 large-scale productions in over
60 countries.
The China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe
Soul of a Peacock
To See Spring
From the Repertoire of the CDPPAT
Click on link below each image to read more.
The Happy Life in Farmland
Guanyin (in pinyin; previous
transliterations Quan Yin,
Kwan Yin, or Kuanyin) is an
East Asian goddess of
mercy, and a bodhisattva
associated with compassion
as venerated by Mahayana
Buddhists. The name
Guanyin is short for
Guanshiyin, which means
"Observing the Sounds (or
Cries) of the World". She is
also sometimes referred to
as Guanyin Pusa (simplified
Chinese: 观音菩萨;
traditional Chinese: 觀音菩
薩; pinyin: Guānyīn Púsà; literally: "Bodhisattva
Guanyin"). Some Buddhists believe that when one of their
adherents departs from this world, they are placed by
Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the
western pure land of Sukhāvatī.

It is generally accepted among East Asian adherents that
Guanyin originated as the Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara
(अवलोकितेश्वर). Commonly known in English as the
Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin is also
revered by Chinese Taoists as an immortal. In Chinese
folk religion there are mythical accounts about Guanyin's
origins that are not associated to the Avalokiteśvara
described in Buddhist sutras.