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Chinese Opera at Liangjiazhai Shanxi Province China

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The Leading Mother and Courtier at the Chinese Opera at Liangjiazhai
The Leading Mother and Courtier at the Chinese Opera at Liangjiazhai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanxi

Shanxi Opera (晋剧 Jinju) is a popular form of Chinese opera in Shanxi. It was popularized during the late Qing Dynasty, with the help of the then-ubiquitous Shanxi merchants who were active across parts of China. Also called Zhonglu Bangzi (中路梆子), it is a type of bangzi opera (梆子), a group of operas generally distinguished by their use of wooden clappers for rhythm and by a more energetic singing style; Shanxi opera is also complemented by quzi (曲子), a blanket term for more melodic styles from further south. Puzhou Opera (蒲剧 Puju), from southern Shanxi, is a more ancient type of bangzi that makes use of very wide linear intervals.

Back stage before the Opera started gave us a chance to meet the actors as people before seeing them as characters
Back stage before the Opera started gave us a chance to meet the actors as people before seeing them as characters
The fully painted face of the Leading man who plays the villain in the story
The fully painted face of the Leading man who plays the villain in the story

DSCN1The villain complete with beard and hat on stage being the villain387

The opera starts with the announcement of the Emperors desire to add another two sisters to his huge collection of wives...2-3000 is a huge number
The opera starts with the announcement of the Emperors desire to add another two sisters to his huge collection of wives…2-3000 is a huge number
He wants the two  beautiful sisters...one is played by a male
He wants the two beautiful sisters…one is played by a male
The Mother gets told and she is the leading lady and the entire story is sung by her in 3 hours
The Mother gets told and she is the leading lady and the entire story is sung by her in 3 hours
Amazing face rich with emotion and changing expressions as she sings the tale
Amazing face rich with emotion and changing expressions as she sings the tale
The mother
The mother
The two beautiful sisters
The two beautiful sisters
The courtiers from the Emperors Court
The courtiers from the Emperors Court
The good courtier and men of the court in their extravagant costumes
The good courtier and men of the court in their extravagant costumes
Mother discussing the situation and what to do about it. She comes up with a plan
Mother discussing the situation and what to do about it. She comes up with a plan

 

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