Decoding Chinese Opera: Appreciating Beauty

August 20, 2022 - 10:30am 

Decoding Chinese Opera Part Two : Appreciating Beauty

Chinese Opera

Classical Chinese drama, or opera, can be challenging for the uninitiated. This standalone companion to Part 1 looks at what makes Chinese theater mei (beautiful). We’ll see how the characteristic charms of opera relate to Disney animation, drag, and Las Vegas-style stage magic. We’ll conclude by watching comic and musical excerpts from the masterpiece Peony Pavilion.

Presenter Jon Wai-keung Lowe is a Bay Area theater director and designer whose work ranges from puppetry to short films and interactive narrative. He has studied the chou role-type with Wang Baoshan and holds a certificate from Shanghai Theatre Academy.

 

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