With a history of more than 200 years, Beijing opera, the essence of Chinese culture, is a perfect combination of music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics, which is highly favored by people domestic and abroad. Beijing opera is originated in Beijing around 1840 and prospered in 1930, which is prevailed among Beijng, Hebei province and Tianjin city. Now, Beijing opera has become one of the largest influential opera form in the world. Characterized by its rich characters, sophisticated performing skills and overwhelming momentum, Beijing opera has become an representative of Chinese opera.
Beijing opera is derived from four local operas, Hui opera in Anhui, Han opera in Hubei, Kun opera in Jiangsu and Qinqiang opera in Shaanxi, which drawn the merits of these local operas and created in its own style. Beijing opera is of Banqing style, which applies Gong, drum, Erhu, Huqin and Yueqin to accompany.
Speech, song, dance, and combat are the four classic performing arts in Beijing opera, which is also the basic skills for performers and is usually trained since the performers are very young. There are many roles in Beijing opera, mainly Sheng, Dan, Jing, and Chou, each of which has its own costume and mask-paintings. Masks with different colors have different meaning, which is used to portray the character of the roles and illustrate their emotional state.
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