An Afternoon Tea of Beijing Opera Tidbits

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Long River Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Drama - 163 pages
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"On the Beijing opera stage, every human sound uttered is song, and every movement is dance; realism is taboo and real-life objects are banned." In fascinating detail, jingju aficionado Chengbei Xu, examines the cultural and artistic themes of Beijing Opera. Xu's expert eye unveils the mystery through a dizzying array of observations that only an experienced opera-goer can spot: themes and stories, characters, movement, makeup, props, action, voice, and music. Filled with color performance photos, this is an indispensable reference and definitive guide to perhaps the pinnacle of Chinese performance art.
  

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You cant sit round a square table
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How a soninlaw was chosen by the feel of his skin
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Two grave mounds shaped like mandarins hats
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Silver dollars on the pay table
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Close consanguinity among Beijing opera artists
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What is a jue er superstar?
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Plain boiled water is not without its flavor
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Gorgeous body measurements are not essential attributes of femininity
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