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Chinese Opera Mask Painting

Peking opera or Beijing opera (Chinese: jing ju) is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.

It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. Peking Opera was extremely popular in the Qing Dynasty court and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. The art form is also preserved in Taiwan, where it is known as Guoju. It has also spread to other countries such as the United States and Japan.

In this workshop, your students will receive a introduction of Peking Opera and watch a video of classic performance. All the students then will have a chance to make a mask (one of the key elements for Peking Opera) of their own and perform a piece of Peking Opera.

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