Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of by Alexandra B. Bonds

By Alexandra B. Bonds

"Beijing Opera Costumes" is the 1st in-depth English-language ebook concentrated solely at the costumes of Jingju, the top kind of degree arts in China. This entire quantity offers either conception and research of the costumes and the strategy in their choice for the jobs in addition to technical details on embroidery, styles, and development. vast descriptions remove darkness from using colours and floor photos derived from historic gown and transformed for the level. info on make-up, hairstyles, and dressing thoughts current an entire view of the Jingju performer from head to toe.Meticulously researched in Taipei and Beijing, this definitive paintings starts with an overview of the wealthy and complicated heritage of Beijing opera and important advancements in layout during the last millennium. Chapters on gown idea and layout parts and their amendment to create a wide selection of pictures are by means of shows of person costumes including their historic historical past and use of colour and trend. A survey of the add-ons and headdresses, make-up and hairstyles, accompanies the dialogue of every dress. The intricacies of selecting costumes for a creation and dressing actors also are discussed.Lavishly illustrated with greater than 250 colour and black-and-white pictures and development drafts, "Beijing Opera Costumes" is an essential list of and source for Jingju because it is played in China at the present time. fabric artists will have fun with the great thing about the colours and designs in addition to the knowledge on embroidery thoughts and symbolism of the photographs. China students will price the contextual research and theater experts the explication of costumes with regards to functionality. eventually, dress designers will take pleasure in the chance to envision intimately their paintings in one other cultural surroundings and theatrical sort.

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62). N; Table 6 is located in Chapter Eight, and references to the illustrations found in that table will henceforth follow this format). When horses are needed for travel or battle, a riding crop (mabian) decorated with tassels represents the horse (Fig. 27). A square block of wood wrapped in a yellow scarf stands for the official seal of the emperor, and a round block in a red scarf signifies a severed head. For a banquet, cups for wine or tea are brought on without any food or liquid. Drinking from a cup becomes symbolic for eating the entire meal.

12. The jing roles, bold men of great strength, range from fierce warriors to court administrators. Their character is revealed through their painted-face makeup, in this case, the white color indicates his treachery. This jing is wearing a red mang and xiangsha (prime minister’s hat). The Gathering of Heroes (Qunying hui). Character: Cao Cao, actor: Luo Changde. BJC, Beijing, China. July 23, 2000. ings and morals. The heightened facial impact is balanced by a broad padded vest (pang’ao), a long, thick beard, and high-soled boots, creating overall a largerthan-life visual image to match the power of the characters in this role (Fig.

The Phoenix Returns to Its Nest (Feng huan chao). Character: Cheng Xueyan, actor: Zhu Jinhua. BJC, Beijing, China. July 9, 2000. a costume shorter than the ideal, the color may be out of the accepted range, and their embroidery may be less decorous. Wenchou can also play servants, woodcutters, boatmen, waiters, and other working-class men. For these roles they are dressed in some of the simplest costumes in traditional Jingju, unembroidered silk or cotton robes tucked up to reveal their trousers and gaiters (bangtui) underneath (Fig.

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