Saturday, November 14, 2009

Keeping Chinese Opera Alive - PH

PhotoHunt theme : Music



Just like in most modern countries, Singapore's youngsters are more interested in modern music.With the decline of interest in Chinese opera, we need to think of ways to revive its popularity. How do we keep this traditional art alive?





I introduce my students to Chinese opera. We had a fun time trying opera makeup, face-painting and the costumes.



Chinese opera is a difficult art synthesizing music, drama, dancing and acrobatics. In Chinese Opera, the actor must convey the story through voice, movement, and gestures. Each character wears a distinctive and traditional costume and makeup that tells the audience about their status and personality. It takes years of practice and hard work to become a good opera performer.

I just love the elaborate costumes and headgear. :)







First Commenter - Renny

59 comments:

  1. How great of you to keep up this wonderful art tradition!

    Happy Weekend dear blog friend :-)

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  2. that's you ecl right? wow pretty in costume!

    happy weekend!

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  3. Snap, ECL! And I hope you'll like my Photo Hunt entry this week... ;b

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  4. I have just come from another Chinese opera choice for this week's theme.
    I must say it makes for very colourful photos.
    Happy weekend to you ECL.

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  5. It all looks so fun and interesting!
    You look great all done up in your costume! Can we now hear you sing? ;)

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  6. Great shots and take on the theme. Happy weekend.

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  7. The make up of these opera never fail to amaze me! :P
    As for their songs... I've difficulty concentrating!! *lol*

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  8. Hi Renny,
    Congrats for being my First Commenter!

    Need to preserve this traditional art or else it will be lost!

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  9. Ayie,
    Yeah, that's me in the first picture. You won't be able to recognise me when I put on a headgear and have the make-up on. :D

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  10. jmb,
    I thought I was the one with a unique post. :P

    Chinese opera is fascinating.

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  11. Lina,
    Thank you. :)

    I love wearing the beautiful costumes. You should try it if you get a chance. You would look beautiful in it.

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  12. yes, the elaborate costumes are amazing! the details and creativity that go into it are just fantastic.

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  13. The Fitness Diva,
    I should put up a photo of me all done up in opera gear. I wish to sing for my readers too.... one day. :P

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  14. napaboaniya,
    The make-up is so thick. For the ladies, it is simpler. For some of the man actors, the make-up is complicated.

    Depends on which opera, I have difficulty understanding the lyrics too. haha.....

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  15. luna miranda,
    It's a beautiful form of art. It can an interesting and fun learning experience for those who wants to know more.

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  16. ECL,
    did you get to show your opera singing prowess too? :)

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  17. Lina,
    Oh no, Singapore will start snowing if I sing. haha....

    I can't sing well. Chinese opera singers have lots of practice in their skills. It is not easy to be an opera performer.

    I hope to be able to have one chance to perform Chinese opera on stage. :)

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  18. ayie said u look good in this. it should b corrected. ECL looks good in everything :)

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  19. I am not into Arts and music. My grand Dad used to sing his Cantonese Opera and we kids were rather rude to pretend to sing with him.

    Now, we wish had had made a recording, so much culture wasted.

    When I was in Singapore, My friend's kid went to a Chinese Camp. They sang the Ah Niu's songs and the kids loved it.

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  20. What a fantastic post! Would love to see a Chinese opera so will be on the look-out in case one ever comes here to UK

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  21. aiyoh Bengbeng,
    You flatter me lah! *blush*

    I must work harder to bring you a performance of this traditional art. :P

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  22. Ann,
    awww.... you could have learnt something about Cantonese opera from your GrandDad.

    The youngsters would prefer the latest pop songs over Chinese opera. We need to do something quick before they completely lost interest in their culture.

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  23. Chris,
    Yes, it would be an interesting and fascinating experience when you get a chance to watch Chinese opera. :)

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  24. Wow, that is nice and fun way of teaching them about your heritage :)

    Happy weekend!

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  25. I'm trying to imagine ow difficult it must be to wear that head gear! ;-) I enjoyed this post.

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  26. Good one! I'm trying to imagine wearing a head piece, though!

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  27. great shots for this week's theme.

    Happy Weekend

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  28. Thise costumes really are impressive. Happy weekend ECL

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  29. I bit you that is cool and fun thing to do... Happy hunting and thanks for coming by.

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  30. Never been to a chinese opera but love to have that experience. Cultural music is great as well as the movement. Happy weekend!

    Mine is here My Life’s Journey in Focus

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  31. I am sure it must be a wonderful experience watching a Chinese opera. Unfortunately, I don't know how to appreciate this art form.

    I am back in M'sia. Visited Perth in mid Sept.

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  32. This sounds like the CHinese opera that you have mentioned?

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  33. Our very beloved amah used to take us kids sometimes to wayang festivals around Joo Chiat Road.My bro and I never understood them but we loved the costumes,sweet treatsband seeing our beloved Amah enjoying herslf with her friends.
    My parents also installed a private radio station for her called Rediffusion where at 4:30pm everyday there was a wayang on the air and Chinese music afterwards.Don't know if it exists anymore.We're talking early 80s here.Bravo ECL for stirring up interest in a fascinating facet of S'pore.

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  34. Good heavens, I'd probably fall over from wearing such heavy headgear! Wonderful photos!

    Happy Photo Hunting! I hope you get a chance to visit my post today at New York Traveler.net. Happy trails!

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  35. This is just gorgeous. You absolutely MUST keep the tradition alive. How awful it would be for everything to be the same the world over. Celebrate!

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  36. Hi ECL! Woot~ u looked great in that costume! ;)

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  37. hmmm I've never been a big fan of Chinese opera :-P
    enjoy yr weekend ECL! :)

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  38. used to watch opera show when i was young..

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  39. You actually introduce Chinese Opera to your students? Kudos ECL! I have never seen one in action before. :)

    By the way you, yourself looked very "opera". :D

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  40. Hi ECL! Wah nice dress ur wearing, green colour again! :)

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  41. So cool la you, I bet ur students love having u as their teacher. Hugs! :)

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  42. Dropping EC here tonight, so lazy la wan to drop 900 today sigh...

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  43. this is fantastic! music is a medium through which history and culture are passed on, appreciated, and preserved =] i hope your students now have more Chinese opera music in their iPod selections =]

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  44. What beautiful costumes and such elegance! I would love to see this in real life!

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  45. What a nice suprise for me to discover Chinese opera! I hope to have the chance to see it one day!

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  46. Wow this is cool ECL. I didn't know there's a Chinese opera here as well...

    Where is this? I am trying to do as much and see as much these coming months cause we might leave SG sooner or later :( for a new adventure.

    Oh busy busy:P

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  47. i find the makeup very sophisticated! if we notice carefully, some people have it wrong n some are really professional with it. :)

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  48. Great shot of yourself in the costume. Will be even better if with the madeup and headgear. I used to dream of being a chinese opera singer dancing gracefully in that flowing long sleeves colorful costumes when as a child..ha.ha.. Its sad now this culture is dying away.....

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  49. Oh, that's youuuuu!! wonderful tradition, great shots and magnificent take on the theme, ECL!!
    Hugs, my dear.

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  50. Ecl- love to see you and your students put up live performance of the Chinese Opera.

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  51. hi ms. Ecl! nice costumes you got there, I never been to a chinese opera in my entire life but it sounds pretty interesting and love to experience that someday.
    btw, i have an award for you and i hope you’ll accept it. thanks in advance! :)

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  52. Great job. It so important to pass along the tradition and history and blend the two to keep life rich and interesting. great pics too.

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  53. phewitt! you look nice in that costume. chinese opera is a common sight in Penang. unfortunately, many youngsters don't appreciate this kind of art.

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  54. btw, this is an interesting theme. hopefully i can play again this week.

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  55. Most of the troupe comes from Thailand nowadays, especially Teowhew ones!

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