Lesson 2 Beijing Opera. Peking Opera. Peking opera , the best-known Chinese Opera, was developed during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) . It is a dramatic form that includes dance, theater, music, and. skilled performance. Character types
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Peking opera , the best-known Chinese Opera, was developed during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) . It is a dramatic form that includes dance, theater, music, and
depend on vocal styles. Performers wear dramatic makeup or masks.
What do you know about Beijing Opera? Work in pairs and choose the right answers.
1. When did Beijing Opera start?
a) the late 18th century
b) the late 19th century
c) the late 20th century
a) the late 18th century
a) 4 b) 8 c) 12
3. What are eh main instruments played in Beijing Opera?
a) violin b) jinghu c) drum
d) piano e) sanxian f) guitar
sheng male roles with brightly
dan female roles
jing clown roles
chou male roles
Late 18th century
Match the meanings with the pictures on P24:
Pic.1 They are in the city.
Pic.2 She is in a carriage.
Pic.3 They are in their new
Pic.4 She is on a horse.
Match the following words with their meanings. Then use the words complete the sentences below.
combine, treasure, mask,
is to _______ the milk and
5. The singer wore a _______ that
was made of wood.
Listen to the first and second part of a TV programme. Use the Strategies to answer the questions.
1. What skills do Beijing Opera actors need to have ?
Acting, talking, singing, music dancing and acrobatics.
performed at the beginning ?
On open-air stages, in markets, streets, teahouses or temple courtyards.
3.Why does it have very loud music and a piercing singing style ?
Because at the beginning, Beijing Opera was performed mostly on open-air stages.
4. Why do performers wear
brightly coloured costumes?
With bright colour, their costumes are more impressive and the crowd can see them more clearly.
Read and listen to the last part of the programme. Then answer the questions.
1. What does the stage look like in Beijing Opera?
Because symbolism plays a very important role in Beijing Opera.
riding in a
an army of
walking with a
flag on each side
and four soldiers
holding a tassel
Listen to two dialogues. What do the students Li Ming and Zhu Meiling get permission for? What do they not get permission for?
Li Ming –permission to go to Pufang’s birthday party/ not permission to go to the cinema.
Zhu Meiling –permission to hand in her project next week /not permission to write up the project in Chinese.
would, can’t, let, could, OK, know, excuse me, must, everyone’s going, can
You (1)______ my classmate Yang Pufang.
Well, Pufang’s going to have a birthday party this Saturday afternoon. Is it(2) _____ if I go? The party’s a special occasion and (3)__________.
Oh, all right…I’ll (4) ____ you go, but I need you to be back by 8 o’clock the latest. Thanks, Mum. And I was thinking…(5)_____I go to the cinema with Pufang on Sunday?
What about your grandpa and grandma? Who ‘s going to help me look after them if you go ?
Oh, Mum. Please let me go to the cinema.
You can go to Pufang’s birthday Party but you (6)____ go to the cinema.
(7) __________, Miss Wang?(8) _______it be all right if I handed in my project next week?
OK, you (9) _____give me your project first thing on Monday morning.
(10) ______I write up the project in Chinese? No, I’m afraid you can’t . You (11) ______use English like all the other students.