It was originally performed in “open air, teahouses or temple courtyards” (Wertz). Peking Opera is a blend of “singing, reading, acting, fighting, and dancing” (ebeijing).”Today as in the past century, performers are first trained in acrobatics, followed by singing and acting” (Wertz). Peking Opera is said to be a live “encyclopedia of Chinese Culture” (Wertz). Because of this, and many other highly regarded qualities, China has made the Peking opera it’s “national opera” (Wertz). The Beijing Opera is such an important part of Chinese culture that “Beijing Opera Month” has been declared (Wertz).
“Chinese Opera.” TravelChinaGuide.com. n.d. Web. 23 March 2014.
How would an actor prepare to successfully portay the role of the Dan in the traditional Peking Opera play „The Drunken Beauty“? The Peking Opera, one of the traditional chinese theater forms is considered to be one of the cultural treasures of China that arose in 1790, when a drama troupe, known as the Sanqing troupe, from southern Anhui firstly performed a musical combination in Beijing at emperor Qianlong’s eightieth birthday. Peking Opera grew and was particularily popular in the Qing Dynasty. „Although Peking Opera itself is not particularly ancient...Peking Opera presents the climax of the nation’s rich and colourful theatre tradition“, that revolved around stories, impersonation, and relationships among the characters (Mackerras). Peking Opera grew and was particularily popular in the Qing Dynasty.