If you want to learn something about Chinese culture, then Peking Opera can be a great start. It is a major opera genre of the nation and definitely one of the most colorful, exquisite, and powerful expressions of art—you don’t want to miss out! It presents sonorous music and singing, brilliant dance and acrobatics, as well as dazzling makeup and costumes. It tells legendary stories of love and hate, laughter and grief, loyalty and betrayal, virtue and pettiness... When you watch Peking Opera, you will enter a wonderland of romance, chivalry, friendship, humor, and so much more.
This fun and informative picture book introduces Jing—one of the four major roles of Peking Opera performance. You will learn a lot about the acting style, the stories about some famous characters, and their signature costume and makeup for this role. At the end of the book, you can also come up with your own facial makeup for your favorite Jing characters!
About the Author
Zhou Chuanjia was born in 1944. He studied at Peking University and Chinese National Academy of Arts, where he received his doctorate in literature. Zhou is a professor at Beijing Union University, a researcher at the Central Research Institute of Culture and History, and an expert who enjoys the special allowance of the State Council. Zhou has been teaching and researching Chinese literature, opera history, and opera critique for a long time. His major publications include Introduction to Opera Script Writing and Opera: Chinese Cultural Elements. Pangbudun’er is an independent writer and painter of the post-80s generation. His work is engaging with its own unique style. He painted illustrations for Fun Talks on the Three Kingdoms by Cai Kangyong and Hou Wenyong; his other publications include Raising the Curtains: Will you Hear Some Peking Opera? and several Peking Opera picture books such as Protecting the Protected and Empty Fort Strategy.