In October, the exhibition “Peking Opera Art Show” will reveal the fascinating world of 京剧 jīngjù (Peking Opera); costumes, makeup, characters and many other intriguing features of this ancient art will no longer have secrets for you.
From October 4th to 25th the China Cultural Center will host the “Peking Opera Art Show”, an exhibition dedicated to the ancient art of jīngjù (Peking Opera) organised in cooperation with the Shanghai Culture and Art Archives (上海市文化艺术档案馆).
京剧 jīngjù came into being during the Qing Dynasty. Born out of a meeting between artists from the province of Anhui and artists from the Han ethnic group, it also integrated tunes, acting techniques and plays from the Kun and Shanxi operas forms over the years, and rapidly became a very popular art at the Qing court. In 2010, the art of Peking Opera was officially added to the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the UNESCO.
The “Peking Opera Art Show” introduces the history and development of the Peking Opera from the end of 18th century, thoroughly presents the distinctive characteristics of each of the 4 main roles – Sheng (生, male role), Dan (旦, female role), Jing (净, painted face role), Chou (丑, clown role) – and uses them as a connecting thread throughout its display. Photo boards of these four distinguishing figures will also be available for the visitors to take fantastic souvenir pictures!
About the Shanghai Culture and Art Archives
Established on April 6th, 1987, this municipal institution is in charge of collecting and managing the cultural and artistic resources of Shanghai. The archives collection is composed of precious art records and materials on ancient Chinese drama, music, dance, folk art, acrobatics, puppet theatre techniques… While the Shanghai Culture and Art Archives’ main function is to provide supervision and guidance to cultural groups and organizations from the city of Shanghai, they also actively participate to the dissemination of culture through the creation and publication of books and compilations and the organisation of exhibitions.
Peking Opera Art Show
Organizers: Shanghai Culture and Art Archives, China Cultural Center in Brussels
October 4th to 25th, 2017
Open Monday to Friday according to the opening hours of the Center.
Walking in the Moonlight, a Peking Opera Concert of Ancient Chinese Poetry
By the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company
Wednesday 4th of October at 19.00 at the China Cultural Center
Free Entry, registration is compulsory, more info HERE
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