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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chinese Operas

1.Peking opera
Also called Beijing opera, it can be called the most famous and widely-accepted opera in China as well as one of the most well-known operas all over the world. The video is White Snake Girl, enjoy it!

2.Yueju opera
This one refers to Shaoxing Opera, it is a form of Chinese opera founded around 1906. With time passing by, it grew increasingly popular, now second only to the Beijing opera.

it is a part of the performance of a famous Chinese play"Xixiangji"
Kunqu, also known as Kunju, Kun opera or Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, originated in the Wu cultural area. Sometime in history, it has experienced a declining period, while, in 2001, after being listed first as "the human oral and the non-material cultural heritage representative works" by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). It, again, attracted worldwide attention.
Taohuashan(peach blossom fan), a famous play in China

as Kunqu has regained its status in China, even little kids can play some fragment of Kunqu

It is a very popular and one of the most representative form of folk arts in northern China, both in the countryside and cities and especially favored by older people. Crowds of people go on street in the evening and dance together in a line or in a circle head-to-tail.

Yangge is most favored by middle and old aged people, they can both enjoy themselves and do physical excercise.

Sometimes, it is also named as Luantan, it is the representative Chinese folk opera of the northwest Province of Shaanxi, China and originated from the rural areas of ancient Shaanxi and Gansu.

Beautiful, isn't she?

6.Huangmei Opera
Huangmei Opera can also be called Huangmei tone, which is stemed as a form of rural folksong and dance that has been in existence for over 200 years. The music is performed with a pitch that hits high and stays high for the duration of the song, while it is also different from the typical rhythmic Chinese opera.

exquisite clothes

7.Cantonese opera
Cantonese opera is mostly called Yueju in China, it is one of the major categories in Chinese opera, originating in southern China's Cantonese culture, widely accepted in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.

8.Sichuan opera
Sichuan opera, namely Chuanju, is a type of Chinese opera originating in China's Sichuan province around 1700. Regionally Chengdu remains to be the main home of Sichuan opera, while other influential locales include Chongqing, Guizhou, Yunnan, Hubei and Taiwan. Chuanju is particularly famous for its skilled applying of "The Sichuan opera turns hostile" in its performance.

I always wonder how can they change the patterns on their faces in several seconds, magical, indeed!
Literally, Huaguxi means "flower drum opera", originated in Hunan province, featured for its earthy quality. Different from other forms of traditional Chinese operas, since its took shape in Qing Dynasty, Huaguxi had only two roles.

one of the most commonly seen folk art in Southeast and Middle China
Lhamo, also known as Ache Lhamo, as introduced at onlinechinatours, that it is a Tibetan folk opera. It is a combination of dances, chants and songs, whose repertoire drawn from Buddhist stories and Tibetan history.

mask is a necessary tool in their performance

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