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Friday, November 13, 2009

Keeping Chinese Opera Alive - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Music

Just like in most modern countries, Singapore's youngsters are more interested in modern music.With the decline of interest in Chinese opera, we need to think of ways to revive its popularity. How do we keep this traditional art alive?

I introduce my students to Chinese opera. We had a fun time trying opera makeup, face-painting and the costumes.

Chinese opera is a difficult art synthesizing music, drama, dancing and acrobatics. In Chinese Opera, the actor must convey the story through voice, movement, and gestures. Each character wears a distinctive and traditional costume and makeup that tells the audience about their status and personality. It takes years of practice and hard work to become a good opera performer.

I just love the elaborate costumes and headgear. :)

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