Unforgettable Beijing Opera

This is a different type of opera unlike any other operas – because it’s looks like a theater. The main features of traditional Beijing opera is freedom and relaxation. To conform these requirements the actors must know the basics of the national acting – “four skills” and “four stages”. The first four – the singing, recitation, reincarnation and gestures, the second four – “game by hands”, “game by eyes”, “game by body” and “steps.”

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There are several forms of Peking Opera depending on what is important. Sometimes it is dominated by dancing and singing, sometimes-facial expressions; in other focuses on battle scenes and acrobatics; sometimes it is dialogue.

In Peking opera there are four main types of acting roles. This is the “Sheng” – the leading male role, “Dan” – women’s roles, “Jing ” – the role of actors with painted faces, “Chou” – men’s and women’s clown roles. Beyond that you can see characters which representing the guards, soldiers, etc.

The orchestra consists of a minimum 8-10 participants: string-band brass and drum groups which typically accompanied by scene of battle. Orchestra manages a musician who beats off a rhythm on a small drum which determines the pace of the action on stage.

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Costumes are sewn on models during the reign of Han, Tang, Song and Ming and also during the reign of the Manchu emperors.

The martial art involves a fight without weapons, swordplay (swords, lances, spears), acrobatics, face to face fighting with the enemy and massive battles.

Duration of the opera is about 2-3 hours, but there are operas which may continue a few days, as, for example, the opera “Meet the heroes”, built on one of the stories (“The Battle of Red Rock”) from the “Three Kingdoms” and includes a number of individual scenes. The basis for Peking Opera are historical compositions, life story, fairy tales and legends, as well as popular works of literature and drama.

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