8-episode Documentary: Peking Opera More

Peking Opera is one of China´s best known cultural symbols - a unique stage performance that has charmed people for hundreds of years. CCTV documentary production "Peking Opera" reveals the stories behind this form of Chinese opera.Eight episodes take 8 different perspectives in exploring art form. By weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

Main Roles in Peking Opera

Roles in Peking Opera fall into four categories: Sheng, Dan, Jing and Chou. The roles have the natural features of age and sex, as well as social status, and are artificially exaggerated by makeup, costume and gestures.

Sheng (生)

Civil, military; Lao Sheng ; Xiao Sheng; Wu Sheng

Dan (旦)

Qing Yi; Hua Dan; Gui Men Dan; Dao Ma Dan; Wu Dan; Lao Dan

Jing (净)

Jing´s facial colors symbolize the type of character: red = good, white = treacherous, etc.

Chou (丑)

Dim-witted, amusing, rascal, occasionally slightly wicked.

Stills of Peking OperaMore

Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

  • Weaving together real stories and reproductions of classic stage scenes into the history, the creators present traditional Peking Opera in a lively and realistic way.

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