THH2017 Feature: The CDPPAT’s “My Dream”
The World of Tzu Chi | July 13, 2017 by Tzu Chi USA
The China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe’s (CDPPAT) world-famous show “My Dream” features at the heart of our “Thousands of Helping Hands” THH2017 charity art performance tour. The dedication of these visually, hearing, and physically impaired artists, who invite us to “take on all the challenges in life with hearts full of happiness and gratitude,” as they themselves pursue artistic perfection with disabilities, is deeply inspiring. In fact, their outlook echoes that of Tzu Chi volunteers who equally strive to overcome all obstacles on their path as they serve those in need and help relieve suffering.
The line-up of the CDPPAT’s show for our THH 2017 event includes musical or dance performances of exquisite beauty and profound meaning. The centerpiece of “My Dream” is the astonishing Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Dance that mesmerizes audiences around the globe. This dance, featuring 21 hearing impaired dancers who transform into a single heavenly being with what appears to be one thousand hands, reveals how with goodwill and cooperation, united by love, we can achieve any dream, and be of great benefit to others.
“My Dream” inspired everyone who attended our “Thousands of Helping Hands” charity concert at the Lincoln Center in New York in 2016!
Highlights of the “My Dream” Show:
A prologue sign language performance by Jiang Xintian.
“Every dance you see is the pulse of our hearts. Every piece of music you hear is the song flowing in our veins. Please join us and enjoy My Dream.”
The Happy Life in Farmland
A dance by Huang Yangguang (physically disabled) and hearing impaired dancers. Although Huang has no arms and hands with which to touch the audience, his heart, talent, and optimism are infinite and could embrace the world.
The Soul of a Peacock
While music is the soul of dance, Wei Jingyang (hearing impaired) draws on a deeper well of inspiration to guide her movements to synchronize with an imagined universe of sound, and this she does with impeccable grace, helping us appreciate what she cannot.