- There are mainly four role categories: Sheng (the righteous young male character type), Dan (the righteous female character type), Jing (the "painted face" male minor role type with vivid character), and Chou (the "clown", or funny, ridiculous or villain in drama). Each role category has its own characteristic performing skills.
Four Famous Dan actors
It refers to the four outstanding Dan role artists Mei Lanfang, Xun Huisheng, Cheng Yanqiu and Shang Xiaoyun. Ever since the 1920s, characterized by distinguishing styles on the stage, the four people formed their own schools and initiated the new picture of acting the main role as a Dan role, creating a more flourishing and colorful Beijing opera art. Mei Lanfang
Artistic Forms of Beijing OperaAs a comprehensive art system, the Beijing opera is a combination of singing, speaking, acting, dancing and martial arts. It tells stories and depicts characters through stylized performing skills, expressing all emotions of human beings.
Classical Plays of Beijing OperaThere are over 5800 plays in total in Beijing opera with a large number of classical plays handed down from the past, among which the most famous ones are: Top of the Universe, Chang Ban Po, Gathering of Heroes, The Fisherman's Revenge, Wild Boar Forest, Jade and Spring, The Legend of the White Snake, The Drunken Concubine, The Ruse of Empty City, The Crossroads, Farewell to My Concubine, Yang Silang Visits His Mother, Tears of Wasted Mountain, Lady Zhao Jun Bidding Farewell over the Frontier and Story of Heroic Sons and Daughters, etc.
The Movie Farewell My ConcubineIt was originally one of the classical plays performed by the Beijing opera master Mei Lanfang. In 1993, the Chinese director Chen Kaige adapted the opera into a movie bearing the same name. The movie was starred by Zhang Guorong, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li as the leading roles, and once won several awards including the Golden Palm Awards in the 46th Cannes International Film Festival. Through the film we could appreciate the endless charm of Beijing opera art in China.
Appreciation of Famous Section in Peking Opera