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Dan in Beijing Opera

Dan in Beijing Opera

 The Dan (旦) refers to any female role in Beijing opera. Dan roles were originally divided into five subtypes. Old women were played by laodan, martial women were wudan, young female warriors were daomadan, virtuous and elite women were qingyi, and vivacious and unmarried women were huadan.
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Peking Opera-Huadan

Peking Opera-Huadan

Huadan characters are vivacious maidservants serving well-bred ladies, unmarried girls of humble birth or young-married women seductive in appearance and rude in words. They are in short costumes and, in most case, speak in jingbai-the current Beijing dialect.

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Main Subtypes of Sheng

Main Subtypes of Sheng

 The Sheng (生) is the main male role in Beijing opera. This role has numerous subtypes.
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Peking Opera

Peking Opera

The Nightingale by Hans Christian Anderson tells of a bird that sang the most beautiful melody in the world. There is also a nightingale in China, and its name is Peking Opera.

This performance art is full of vigor and vitality, and its songs are cheerful and charming. This program takes a light-handed approach to the many aspects of making a Peking Opera happen, including make-up, musical training, movement training, set design, and costumes.
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The Roles in Beijing Opera

The Roles in Beijing Opera

 In Beijing opera, there are four roles: the male and female roles, the painted-face role, and the comedic role. Every role has its own specific brands.
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The Jing Roles

The Jing Roles

Only "painted face", or jing, usually has facial makeup. They are all male with a rough, bold and uninhibited character. They speak loudly, shout at the slightest provocation and, if irritated, may use force.

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