Friday, 1 February 2013

Chinese opera performer

Beautifully made up face of female Chinese opera singer

There are many different forms of Chinese opera, the most famous being the Beijing opera.  As this card was bought in Hong Kong although sent from Shanghai in China, I assume that it shows Cantonese opera.  It shows one of the most common style, the white and red face.

The foundation is white and the red colour from around the eyes fades down the cheeks towards the chin.  The make-up can denote certain characteristics.  The headdress too, has significance because it can denote status and age, while the hairstyle can show the character's emotions.

I'd be delighted to be able to see a Chinese opera for the make-up and costumes alone.

This is a post for Postcard Friendship Friday hosted on Beth Niquette's blog, The Best Hearts are Crunchy.  Just click on the button to visit and join in.

On this first day of the Month of Letters, my first envelope is on its way to the Netherlands, containing a handmade postcard.  There won't be too many handmade cards going out - it takes me forever!

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  1. OOooh, Wow! I love the explanation of make up and hair. Differences in culture are fascinating. Thank you for making my day, sweet Friend!

    Happy PFF!

  2. I've watched a Chinese opera live back in 2003 when I went to Shenzhen. I was amazed at the details of their costumes and make up. Although I don't understand much but I thoroughly enjoyed the performance, especially the part with the "changing of face" or "changing of masks" which is, I learned, a part of the Sichuan opera. The movements were so quick it's like magic to people with untrained eyes like me :D

    Postcards Crossing

  3. I, too, would love to see a live performance. I have seen Chinese dancers, but probably missed a lot of the nuances of costume and makeup.

  4. The first thing I thought of before I read your wonderful post -- the Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Great explanation of the make up and hair. Happy PFF!

  5. Wow, she's beautiful. I wanted to go to the Kabuki theater while I was in Japan, but just didn't have enough time. I enjoy seeing performances in different countries.

  6. I had no idea about make up and opera. most interesting.

  7. Those masks of the Chinese opera are so colorfull, beautifull and magical. I didn't know the colors and headdresses have certain meanings. I believe knowing those symbols it is easier to understand Chinese Opera .


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