Category Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera and Kung Fu Movies 0

Apr19

Beijing Opera performers sometimes make a crossover into movies where they can use their acrobatic and acting skills in action movies. Jackie Chan is a good example of this.

Here is a clip of me performing in a historical action movie:


The legend of the white serpent 0

The white and blue-green snake sisters in the Legend of Madam White Snake are among my favourite Beijing Opera roles. The story is about two snake demons;  Madam White Snake [ Bai SuZhen ] and her confidant Blue-Green Snake [ Xiao Qingwho ] who strive to become Goddesses by taking human form and do good deeds.

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Me in the role of the Lady White Snake Bai SuZhen

They constantly battle a sorcerer called FaHai who wishes to destroy all demons. Bai SuZhen meets a young scholar [ Xu Xian ] and they fall in love. He is unaware that she is really a white snake and they marry. However the unnatural marriage brings disaster to their village and when Bai SuZhen’s origins are revealed she is imprisoned forever in a deep well under a pagoda. It is a lovely story full of action, romance and great characters.

Find out more about the legend on Wikipedia

Check out this great picture book on the legend

More resources and links about the White Snake story

Scattering flowers in heaven 0

My performance for Chinese New Year Feb. 2009 in Haymarket, Sydney Australia. I have been overseas studying for a long time and haven’t had much opportunity to practice. However I hope that my performance helps Chinese young people  living overseas understand and appreciate traditional Chinese culture.


Picking up a jade bracelet 0

A short performance at Haymarket, Sydney, Australia Chinese New Year 2009. “Picking up a jade bracelet.” Performed on the same day as “Scattering flowers in heaven”. I brought my costumes and make up from China. When I earn more money I will purchase more beautiful Beijing Opera costumes. Stay posted.


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