Dance can express many human emotions: grief, fear, longing, and undeserved pride in your passable imitation of a swan. Honk for fancy footwork with this GrouponLive deal to see My Dream, performed by the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe at the Sony Centre on Friday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $40, you get one G-Pass for seating in the mezzanine section, rows AA–DD (up to a $69 value, including all fees).
- For $40, you get one G-Pass for seating in the rear-orchestra section, rows T–Z (up to a $69 value, including all fees).
- For $57, you get one G-Pass for seating in the mid-orchestra section, rows J–Q (up to a $100.75 value, including all fees).
- For $68, you get one G-Pass for seating in the front-orchestra section, rows A–H (up to a $140.75 value, including all fees).
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Chinese folklore leaps to life at the hands and feet of the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe in their inspiring dance showcase, My Dream. All 90 members of the vividly costumed ensemble are blind, deaf, or otherwise disabled, including president, artistic director, and star Tai Lihua. Tai takes the lead in the Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva dance (seen here in a 2010 performance), in which 21 dancers don elaborate golden costumes and perform a mesmerizing, 42-limbed manifestation of love. For much of the piece, they stand in a single-file line facing the audience, snaking out their arms in multitiered formations that resemble sunbursts and blooming flowers, made all the more evocative by the leaf-like extensions on each of their fingers. Later in the program, a couple reveals fluttering technicolor wings underneath their robes during a romantic duet entitled "Fairy Butterfly." In "Green Seedlings," double-amputee Huang Yangguang demonstrates jaw-dropping strength and flexibility as he lifts objects with his feet and spins a weighted bar over his shoulders without hands. The night takes a dramatic turn in "At the Crossroads"—deaf actors engage in swordplay backed by music and spoken dialogue from a group of blind musicians.
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
The largest soft-seat theatre in Canada, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is perhaps most famous for its overhanging marquee outside. The diagonal canopy and its snake-like rows of lights were restored to their original form in 2010, along with the facility’s wood, brass, and marble accents. Inside the lobby, York Wilson’s mural, The Seven Lively Arts, fills eyes with fractured, panoramic representations of various artistic media, from slanted musical staffs to menacing Greek theatre masks.