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The Soul of Beijing OperaTheatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World$
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Ruru Li

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099944

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.001.0001

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Staging the Ugly and the Beautiful in the Millennium

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The Soul of Beijing Opera

Eugenio Barba

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses how jingju coped with a shrinking audience and a fast-changing world since China adopted its open-door policy and started its economic reforms. It describes the comic character Chou in jingju. It further explains that the role's trademark make-up is a white patch on the nose/eye area, and is called “small flowery face” (xiao hualian) as distinct from the “big flowery face” of the jing role. It notes that chou is often associated with the ugly and grotesque, which means it has “something in common with comic figures right across the world”.

Keywords:   jingju, China, comic character, chou, small flowery face, xiao hualian, big flowery face, jing role

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