First-Class Performances and Cross-Cultural Experiences
Through Collaboration Between Canada, Italy and China
About the Beijing Opera
Mei Lanfang Beijing Opera Troupe
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Fondazione Roma
Astro from South Korea
Facial expressions and costuming vividly portray the characters whose performance helps the audience follow the emotion and flow of the story line. This is the principle of artistic expression in the Beijing opera. The second characteristic of Beijing Opera is the stylization of the symbolic artistic language that is more beautiful, more typical and more vivid than life. Although Beijing Opera uses stylization, the performance, personalities, and characters all contribute to the program. The stylized symbols of Beijing Opera are also displayed by the unique and beautiful faces. The pattern, composition and color of the faces portray character; for example, red is for loyalty, yellow for bravery, blue for rudeness/vulgarity, green for irascibility, black for unselfishness, white for treachery, and clear for sacred.
The third outstanding feature is freehand brushwork. Freehand brushwork is aesthetic Chinese painting, derived from the aesthetic standards of ancient Chinese painting. Its purpose is not to express content or performance, but to make the stage more beautiful and creative for the performance of the actors.
The experience of the Beijing Opera is profound, not only in artistic performance but also in appreciation for the Chinese people and heritage, as well as an opportunity for the development of cultural and international friendship.