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Peking Opera

3rd Edition


Part of Introductions to Chinese Culture

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521188210

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  • Peking opera is one of the most distinctive traditions in Chinese culture – a tradition that can seem mysterious and complex to foreign eyes. In this illustrated introduction, Xu Chengbei explains the colourful make up, intricate costumes, characters, staging, stories and music associated with Peking opera, and discusses the origins and development of this unique performance art. Peking Opera is an essential starting point for all those interested in this intriguing part of China's cultural heritage.

    • An accessible introduction to the history of Peking opera
    • Written by a leading Chinese expert whose work is not widely available in the West
    • Full color illustrations support the discussion throughout
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521188210
    • length: 138 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 156 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 120 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The birth and evolution of Peking opera
    2. The stage, props and orchestra
    3. Performing art
    4. Performers and performing schools
    5. Classic plays
    6. Modern Peking operas
    7. Conventions of Peking opera
    8. The appreciation of Chinese opera
    9. Peking opera today
    Appendix: chronological table of the Chinese dynasties.

  • Author

    Chengbei Xu, Chinese Art Academy
    Xu Chengbei is a researcher in the Chinese Art Academy and a member of the Chinese Writer's Association. His research is focused on Peking opera and the urban culture of Beijing, and he has published over sixty works on these subjects. The Peking opera he wrote for the actress Li Shji won the first Wenhua Award.

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