Types Of Peking Opera

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China is known for their traditional theatre art form, the Peking opera, or Beijing opera which combines music, vocal, performance, pantomime, dance, and acrobatics. It started in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid 19th century. During the Qing Dynasty court, it became extremely popular and came to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. Beijing, Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south was where their major performances were based in. There are four main types of Peking opera. The four main types are Sheng, Tan, Ching, and Ch’ou. The first type is Sheng. Sheng was for heroic characters. There are 3 types of Sheng. Those types are wusheng, laosheng, and siaosheng. Wusheng were warriors and heroes. Laosheng are scholars, officials, and advisors. Siaosheng are young scholars and lovers. The second type of Peking opera is tan. Tan were originally for women role, but men usually played the role. There is 5 types of tan. The five types of tan are blue cloth man, flower tan, laotian, wutan, and ch’outan. Blue cloth women are usually middle age and wear blue sleeves. Flower tan women are usually flirtatious. Loatan are usually older women. Ch’outan are women who are very ugly. Wutan women are usually heroins. The third type is ching. Ching is where people would paint their face instead of using masks. The character usually had supernatural power. There are 3 types of ching. The three types are fuching, wuching, and

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