Tag Results for: Opera  Found: 21 Results

The Peking Opera – Music Beijing Province Posted Jun 20, 2012 by 0

Although the singing and musical instruments in the Peking Opera are notoriously shrill and may be unpleasant to the foreign ears, the Chinese see it as the “shrieking of the heart.” To them the music is shrill because it is ...

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The Peking Opera – Costumes and Colors Beijing Province Posted Jun 20, 2012 by 0

In the Peking Opera the costumes are as important as the characters themselves because each piece tells a story. Sewn in workshops behind the theater streets, every piece is intricately made with great consideration to design and color, and these ...

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The Peking Opera – Characters in the Peking Opera Beijing Province Posted Jun 20, 2012 by 0

There are four main characters roles in the Peking opera. They are : shêng(male character), tan (female character), ching (painted faces), ch’ou(jester). To make the role more specific prefixes are added. Some important prefixes are wu (warrior), Lao (elderly person), ...

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The Peking Opera – Introduction Beijing Province Posted Jun 20, 2012 by 0

The Peking Opera can be traced back to ancient times when dancers would perform at religious ceremonies and the festivals of feudal lords. The dancers, accompanied by lutes and pipes, would act out battle scenes as monsters and animals from ...

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Introduction Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

Bristle doll maker Bai Dacheng has been designated a master artist of Chinese intangible culture and is renowned for his Peking Opera-based figures. Fifty years ago, when Bai was an airplane-maintenance student at the university, he learned to make the ...

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Artist At Work Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

Bristle dolls have truncated clay cores. Bai glues boar bristles onto their wide bottoms. While the figures were originally clothed in paper, they are now clothed in silk. The silk clothing is backed by rice paper that Bai makes himself, ...

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Gallery Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

View Bai Dacheng’s delicate bristle dolls, depicting characters from Peking Opera.

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

Bristle dolls are modeled after Peking Opera roles. Dolls are arranged on a metal plate and “dance” when the plate is struck. When struck, the plate resonates, sounding much like Peking Opera music. When creating the dolls, Bai takes care ...

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Gourd Engraving: Li Yu Cheng 葫芦: 李玉成 – Introduction Li She Village, Shandong Province Posted May 2, 2011 by Chinavine

Li Yu Cheng lives in Li She Village in Yan Si Town and has been engraving gourds for twenty years. Li Yu sees himself as a folk artist and aspires to be a National Heritage Fellow, and so he practices ...

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Gourd Engraving: Li Yu Cheng 葫芦: 李玉成 – Gallery Li She Village, Shandong Province Posted Mar 30, 2011 by Chinavine

Examples of decorated gourds are found nearly everywhere in the world. In China the gourd is associated with longevity and fecundity, and is used as a charm to ward off negative influences. Shou Lou, the God of Longevity, carries a ...

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