I did not quite enjoy this show primarily because of my utter ignorance of this form of art. But the audience’s general exclamation of dismay when the curtain closed might also prove that I wasn’t the only ignorant viewer present 🙂 Or worse, that it failed to meet their expectations, and mine! So unless you are familiar with Peking Opera, I would strongly suggest front-loading your brain with information about this performing art before actually watching it. I read about it only after I got back from my trip. And Wikipedia is always a helpful source:
“Peking Opera or Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theater which combines music, vocal performance, mine, dance and acrobatics. It features four main types of performers. With their elaborate and colorful costumes, performers are the only focal points in Peking Opera’s characteristically sparse stage. They utilize the skills of speech, song, dance, and combat in movements that are symbolic and suggestive, rather than realistic. Above all else, the skill of performers is evaluated according to the beauty of their movements.” Click here to read more.
Meanwhile, here are some photos and a short clip from the show:
To book for a discounted ticket price and get directions to Liyuan Theater, visit this site. I got mine from them. A staff from the travel agency met me at Qianmen Jiangu Hotel lobby (where the theater is housed) 30mins before the show started, and accepted payment in cash.