Last weekend I saw the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe for the second time – this one was at the opening concert of the Asia-Pacific Youth Arts Festival in Shenzhen – and I was as enthralled by their performance as much as I was when I first saw them in Beijing last year.
The 21 dancers are deaf and mute, so they take their dance cues from two instructors who stand at the side of the stage. The grace and symmetry that they achieve would be impressive even for dancers who were not hearing impaired, but the fact that they cannot hear the music makes their performance all the more amazing.
This is their best-known dance – the ‘Qianshou Kuanyin (Bodhisattva with 1,000 Hands) Dance’ – which they have performed in many countries around the world. My 1/60th sec shutter speed has caught a couple of their arms slightly out of sync, but to the naked eye their synchronisation looks perfect.
I was sitting next to someone from China Central Television (who produced the show) and he told me this was the seventh time he had seen them perform, and he gets a lump in his throat every time. The way in which these young women have overcome their disability, and become world famous performers, could be an inspiration to hearing impaired people everywhere.
The background is soft because the dance was performed in front of a large man-made waterfall and there was a mist drifting across the stage. I couldn’t avoid cutting off the bottom of the dancers’ dresses because I was sitting below the level of the stage, so I hope that doesn’t detract too much from the enjoyment of the photograph. It was shot at ISO-400, noise removed with Neat Image, and then I did some colour correction because the stage lights had made the skin tones too orangey.
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miumiu (4632) 2007-09-30 7:10
Very interesting photo!
I like it!
cessy (13647) 2007-09-30 7:35
yes I have heard about this dancers, a friend show me a video about them.
they are fantastic, and you were able to capture their 'action' very nicely. the hands, the lines of lights, all are awesome.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-09-30 8:34
Splendid artistic composition, excellent coreography very well captured. I like the colors, the perfect light and nice details.
kevinos (7385) 2007-09-30 8:47
What a truly amazing image, David! The graphic effect is so impressive and you have caught the action at the perfect moment. they certainly don't look disables. regards kevin
jaywalker (16095) 2007-09-30 9:01
Hi David, A stunning photo, the colours & light are both out standing, you have captured the scene perfectly from a well chosen POV, beautiful costumes & a beautiful lady, a first class piece of work, kind regards Wilson.
vincz (19099) 2007-10-01 0:26
This is an extremely impressive picture (and note). I like so much the effect with the multiple arms, hands and fingers. The colors are fabulous, right out od a dream. Excellent post processing as well. A great one.
ktanska (23922) 2007-10-01 2:29
Wow. Beauty, colours and coordination are wonderful. And you have timed your shot well to catch the motion. One of the most elegant shots I've seen for ages.
feather (51130) 2007-10-01 6:54
What a wonderful story and image to go with it. It's amazing what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. It puts me in mind of Dame Evelyn Glennie, who I'm sure you know, is profoundly deaf and yet is a composer and solo percussionist.
I love the vivid colours of your image and your slightly off-centre position works very well to show the impeccable in-built timing to achieve this precision. Good PP work too.
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2007-10-04 3:30
Your framing and composition are very nice, the effect F is excellent. Great exposure and colour.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-10-04 7:45
This picture is very intelligent and unusual. Very very beautifull perspective. The dancers and beautifull, you get a nice light. sharpness is nice.
What a great post !
pboehringer (770) 2007-10-05 9:46
what an awesome decisive moment! I will take it into my favorites to have it for a longer while to look at it. It is perfect and yet I wonder how that would look with a slow shutter and all the blur around it.
hattori (0) 2007-10-05 23:04
what an amazing shot, you've got the perfect harmony with nice details
jhm (134498) 2007-10-07 3:23
Many thanks for your interesting note.
Also this picture is wonderful, splendid artistic composition, excellent choreography very well captured. Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice sunday,
jmcl (14535) 2007-10-07 20:46
Wonderful image .. the colors .. great capture through the stage lights .. at an incredible moment .. from a great point of view .. of an inspiration .. wondrous. Thank you so so much for sharing it.
batalay (34575) 2007-10-08 3:36
This is the most extraordinary package of spectacular photograph and a most engaging note. The composition and perspective are excellent; the colors and resolution wonderful. Thanks for letting us all share this experience vicariusly,
AROBN54 (11471) 2007-10-08 5:48
..this is one of the most awesome photos I have ever seen. The perfect snychronization, contrast, lighting. Beautiful skin tones and incredible colors. And to read your note of what these amazing women have accomlished?? I have no words. Wonderously done!
Polonaise (5802) 2007-10-09 13:09
This is one of YOUR productions, David!
Clean cut, respectfull choice, pros presentation...
How difficult it is to make a 'proper' photo? ?
Obviously very difficult since there is only few around.
"Proper' = A photo that not evokes in me an urgent desire to correct it in the Photoshop (:-)))
All the best, dear friend
stego (22558) 2007-11-04 17:19
What an amazing photo! It looks like it was produced by one of those "gee-weez" filters of dubious taste.
The fact of you having achieved such a high quality image of an indoor play is as impressive as the fact of the dancers being deaf.
They are so gracious!... Beautiful colours, great sharpness, remarkable PP!
TFS, Regards, José.
Stepan (27210) 2007-11-11 0:34
Simply amazing !!!
You had the best pov for that performance and you captured that perfectly. Crazy !!!
jemaflor (80000) 2007-11-11 11:37
Well taken, perfect angle to show this impressive effect, perfect light capture and sharpness, congratulations and tfs these dancers.
plimrn (21344) 2007-11-12 8:21
This is a truly amazing work!! Their synchonization is just incredible; and you captured it with with excellent detail. Your light management is also very impressive. I know well the difficulties of stage lights and when you add mist!!
xuaxo (6846) 2007-11-12 14:21
Truly amazing. Outstanding. What can I say?
You impressive photo (and the useful note) is enough.
By the thumbnail, one would guess: too much photoshop ;-)
colinbrenchley (6431) 2007-11-23 15:19
I like the photo and the colours - well captured in the lighting conditions. Good narative.
belido (19934) 2007-12-05 12:48
incredible shot. Everything work perfectly in here: colors, graphical apealing, lights. And the perspective coudn't be better to produce this pleasant and attractive image. Very well done!
PS: thanks for your words on my "sightseeing point" post.
cuneyt-sb (6559) 2007-12-05 22:35
Great shot, Lovlely colors and effect of hands.
Lucky you captured this scene
wawa (692) 2007-12-08 5:46
Incredible photo & a great story !
Thumbs up !
PJE (20758) 2007-12-10 19:09
Hello David. I have to say the flowing nature of this row of girls in simply incredible to see like this. What rhythm and symmetrical patterns of design in human form. Gorgeous David here is your capture. Excellent work!
vinicio (23415) 2008-01-19 12:19
Lovely note and beautiful image of these dancers, well done David, unusual theme but with an excellent image, compliments.
Jeppe (18654) 2008-02-03 13:34
Wow - what a shot and story as well.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful moment.
prumod (8300) 2008-02-05 11:06
it's a lovely scene and nice capture... moreover it's a nice information... this artform is well captured by you... thanks...
sadeik (3268) 2008-04-05 12:34
I'm quite impressed with this and even more impressed by the note. Thought it was some sort of artistic shot but when you open it up you realize what it really is, a beautiful photograph and very very pleasing to the eye
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-09-23
- Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED
- Exposure: f/5.3, 1/60 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Portraits [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-30 7:04
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