Mainland performance presented at Taipei Deaflympics opening 2009-09-06 00:09:42   Print

    TAIPEI, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sixty-three hearing-impaired dancers from the Chinese mainland performed the Thousand-hand Bodhisattva at the opening ceremony of the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei on Saturday night.

    Their performance was warmly welcomed by Taiwan compatriots as well as delegations from 101 countries and regions. Audience waved light sticks and applauded.

    "Love is our common language. If you have love in the heart, you will offer one thousand hands to help others. Let us send the wish of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva to the typhoon-hit victims in Taiwan," it said on the screen when the dance was over.

    The dancers came from the mainland's Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe.

    The Thousand-hand Bodhisattva has been widely known both at home and abroad after it made its first major international debut in Athens for the closing ceremony of the 2004 Paralympic Games.

    Deaflympics is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and sponsored by the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

    The games, first launched in Paris in 1924, are now held every 4 years in the year following the Summer Olympics.

Editor: Yan
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