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Sharing the Beauty of China: Peking Opera (English Edition)

Author:Xu Chengbei

Publication date:2018-08-01

ISBN:9787508540191

Language:English

Abstract:

Seeing a Peking Opera performance for the first time, a foreigner would wonder: why are faces of actors painted red, white, black, yellow or green? Are they masks? But masks are separate from the face. Facial make-ups in Peking Opera are different from masks. Intrigued, many foreign tourists would g...
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Seeing a Peking Opera performance for the first time, a foreigner would wonder: why are faces of actors painted red, white, black, yellow or green? Are they masks? But masks are separate from the face. Facial make-ups in Peking Opera are different from masks. Intrigued, many foreign tourists would go backstage to see actors and actresses remove stage makeup and costume. Next time, they would go there before a performance starts to see how performers do their makeup. Luciano Pararotti, the great tenor of international fame, once had a Peking Opera actor paint on his face the makeup of Xiang Yu, a valiant ancient warrior portrayed in numerous Peking Opera plays.

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  • Cover

    1
  • Titlepage

    2
  • Contents

    3
  • Author Introduction

    4
  • Foreword

    5
  • The Birth and Evolution of Peking Opera

    6
  • The Stage, Props and Orchestra

    7
  • Performing Art

    8
  • Performers and Performing Schools

    9
  • Classic Plays

    10
  • Modern Peking Operas

    11
  • Conventions of Peking Opera

    12
  • It is Not Easy to Appreciate Peking Opera

    13
  • Peking Opera in the Contemporary Era

    14
  • Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties

    15
  • Copyright

    16
  • Backcover

    17

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