Friday, May 19, 2006

Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva

The performers of the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva are all hearing or speech-impaired who can hear nothing at all. They vividly present to us the images of the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva in Dunhuang painted sculptures. As all the performers have disabilities, they must work much harder and more laboriously than the regular performers. Since they are unable to hear but are required to move in synchronization, there are four sign language conductors located at each corner of the stage to direct them during their performance. Throughout the performance, the performers must constantly move their hands. With all the 21 performers close to each other, there is a mere one-inch space between the hands of one performer and another. Furthermore, they must finish each motion within a single beat of music (about one second), while presenting the image of a thousand hands consistently and beautifully. Needless to say, this is extremely challenging for these hearing and speech-impaired performers. During their practice, the hearing-impaired performers must position their ears very close to the sound box to feel the rhythms of the music through vibrations. Compared to regular performers, they must work harder to create beautiful formations and move to the rhythm of the music.

The impact of this performance results not only from the wonderful artistic expertise and skill of the performers, but also from their unrelenting spirit of persevering through hardship and striving for excellence, which is reflective of the spirit of Huawei. Looking back at the 18 years of Huawei's development, it's the same unrelenting spirit of persevering through hardship and striving for success that has helped Huawei overcome unimaginable difficulties and challenges and This spirit has been the driving force behind the achievements of Huawei people today.

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