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Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Siu Wang-Ngai


Chinese opera embraces over 360 different styles of theatre that make one of the richest performance arts in the world. It combines music, speech, poetry, mime, acrobatics, stage fighting, vivid face-painting and exquisite costumes. First experiences of Chinese opera can be baffling because its vocabulary of stagecraft is familiar only to the seasoned aficionado. Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft makes the experience more accessible for everyone. This book uses breath-taking images of Chinese opera in performance by Hong Kong photographer Siu Wang-Ngai to illustrate and explain Chinese opera st ... More

Keywords: Chinese opera, Chinese performing arts, Costumes, Gestures, Acrobatics, Props, stage craft, Stage techniques

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208265
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Siu Wang-Ngai, author