What you'll do
Wondering stories and meanings behind Peking Opera? Wanting to know magnificent facial make-up and opera costume? At the birthplace of Peking Opera in Beijing, we will get a rare chance to discover the intrinsic culture stories and uncover secrets. Male impersonator of female roles (also called Male Dan) is a unique phenomenon in Peking Opera. A young male impersonator will walk us through his studio with a private wardrobe, and give vivid narratives on the trainings he received and stories passed on from master generations. Rarely shown to the outsiders, the actor will undertake full make-up process and transform from a young man into a fair lady with royal elegance. We will watch him sing and perform as a gorgeous royal lady in a classic repertoire calls “Drunken Royal Lady”. Then, culture guide will dissect the short act and give step-by-step narratives on the beauty, artistic attainment and social teachings behind the opera moves to help you discover this amazing performing genre with worldwide prestige. Itching to try on opera costume? Time to dress up like a pro, get on the stage to learn a few moves and get ready for shining Peking Opera moment! Now, give us a big smile!
I’m a Beijing native girl Feifei，culture experience designer and also a graduate student at Peking Univ. Loving culture and history of Beijing, I co-founded 心动工场 “Chinese Culture Live!” to offer immersive local experiences. Join us! Mr. Hu is a Hutong enthusiast and has unique insights into local culture and Hutong folk custom. Fluent in multiple languages, he is good at offering cross-culture narratives about Beijing culture. Dean, my co-founder of “心动工场 Chinese Culture Live!” As a former Cisco/IBM executive-turned entrepreneur, he has rich background and can offer overseas guests interesting cross-culture perspectives and decipher charming ways of oriental life. This four-part Peking Opera Culture Discover Experience will be guided by either one of us, together with host/performer Mr. Lu in his private studio. Wait to be fascinated!
Where you'll be
Meet-up Location Subway Line 7, Hufangqiao Station, outside Exit B at ground level. At the birthplace of Peking Opera in Beijing, we will get a rare chance to enter the private studio of a professional Peking Opera performer.
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Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.
Meet-up Time 9：30-9：40 (please be on time) Meet-up Location Subway Line 7, Hufangqiao Station, outside Exit B at ground level.
Peking Opera : Discovery&Costume Play