Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Buddha's touch

I haven't been able to find out much about this performance, dubbed "Chinese Hands" on the web, but it's so striking I thought I'd share it with you. What few scraps of info I've been able to discover only confirm that it's an evocation of bodhisattva (the Buddhist concept of "enlightened existence") performed by a troupe of deaf Chinese performers - which only makes the perfection of its synchronization all the more extraordinary. (Hat tip to Larry Stark.)

1 comment:

  1. I first saw this a few years ago. It's really gorgeous.

    Another interesting note is that with Buddhist (as with Hindu) devotional art there is a rather developed iconography of hand gestures that is shared by sculpture, painting, and dance-- which only makes me wish I could read this performance as well as enjoy its sensual and technical aspects.