The Thousand Hand Bodhisattva Dance
Performed by China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, the Thousand Hand dance is a portrayal of Guan Yin (Chinese: 觀音菩薩), an East Asian spiritual figure of mercy, the Goddess of Mercy, and a bodhisattva associated with compassion.
The thousand hands represent Guan Yin’s many abilities to render assistance. There are a thousand eyes on these hands which give her great powers to observe the world. Guan Yin also has many faces so she can become who people need her to be, not necessarily herself, because her help is given in a way that is literally selfless.
All members of the dance troupe are hearing impaired.