Chinese traditional drama, part two: Pingju Opera
Pingju Opera is the second largest opera in China, next to Beijing(Peking) Opera. It was originated in Tangshang, an eastern city in Hebei province, in circa 1909. Now it is very popular in the North and Northeast of China. Combined the art "Bengbeng", "bangzi" and "Laozi", It has its final name Pingju Opera in 1935, Shanghai. The name of Pingju Opera is extensively accepted through the media in 1936, after the showing of the movie Red crabapple.
Similar to Beijing Opera, it also has four main roles in Peijing Opera, male, female, painted and clowns. Actor and actress perform on the stage by means of singing, recitation, acting, theatrical fighting and dancing, Singing is the most important way for Pingju Opera.
Pingju Opera has shorter history than Beijing Opera, and the themes are mainly about social lives of lower stratum, not so wide as that of Beijing Opera. Various of art sects, characters and stories have been well developed since 1949, the foundation of the People of Republic of China.
Compared to Bejing Opera, Putonghua(Standard Chinese) is widely used in Pingju Opera, it is easy to understand the content of the singing and recitation. Pingjun is more popular inasense for this reason.
I know quite a few actors and actresses of Beijing Opera and Pingju Opera. They are so kind and easily get alone with under the stage, whatever teenagers or the old. What belongs to the nation belongs to the world. I think our traditional arts will have a brilliant future.
See the promotion for China tourism picture 1 , and picture 2you could see bus advertisement on New York City streets from April to June, 2011, the Great Wall and the portrait of Beijing Opera seem to say: China Welcome you.