Birthday Week 2013 – Take 1

In keeping with a longstanding tradition that I established last year(*), I’m going to offer about a week of videos I like so that everyone can celebrate my birthday with me. For the record, on Thursday the 14th of March I will be 58 years old – and counting!

Today we’ll start off with a wonderful piece of modern dance, choreographed and performed by Milena Sidorova to “Anitra’s Dance” from a childhood favorite, Grieg’s The Peer Gynt Suite. I’m sure you’ll recognize the music even if the name doesn’t ring a bell.

(* If you would like to see last year’s videos, start here. I’m a lot more self-revealing this year, I see.)

Wednesday Video: Thousand Hand Guan Yin

This stunningly beautiful modern dance is performed by deaf dancers. The women in white around the stage are directors who use hand signals to cue the dancers, who cannot hear the music. The dance, choreographed by Zhang Jigang is performed by the  China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe. Unfortunately, I do not have the credit for the composer of the music.