Yan Qinggu —

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099944
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207394 | DOI:
Yan Qinggu —

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This chapter discusses how jingju coped with a shrinking audience and a fast-changing world since China adopted its open-door policy and started its economic reforms. It describes the comic character Chou in jingju. It further explains that the role's trademark make-up is a white patch on the nose/eye area, and is called “small flowery face” (xiao hualian) as distinct from the “big flowery face” of the jing role. It notes that chou is often associated with the ugly and grotesque, which means it has “something in common with comic figures right across the world”.

Keywords: jingju; China; comic character; chou; small flowery face; xiao hualian; big flowery face; jing role

Chapter.  12567 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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