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About Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera, or Chinese Opera, or Peking Opera (simplified Chinese: 京剧; traditional Chinese: 京劇; pinyin: Jīngjù) is a form of traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. It arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century. 

Beijing opera features four main types of performers. With their elaborate and colorful costumes, performers are the only focal points on Beijing 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. 


The art form has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China and made the list of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Major performance troupes are based in Beijing and Tianjin in the north, and Shanghai in the south. The art form is also preserved in Taiwan, where it is known as Guoju (國劇; pinyin: Guójù). It has also spread to other countries such as the United States and Japan.

京剧Beijing Opera)又称平剧、京戏,是中国影响最大的戏曲剧
种,分布地以北京为中心,遍及全国。清代乾隆五十五年起,通过与各地方戏曲不断的交流、融合,最终形成京剧。京剧流播全国,影响甚广,有中国戏曲三鼎甲榜首国剧之称。它走遍世界各地,成为介绍、传播中国传统文化的重要手段, 2010年被联合国教科文组织列入非物质文化遗产名录。京剧的角色分生旦净丑,由西皮和二簧组成它的基本音乐素材,故事选自历史、文学、民间传说,欣赏京剧可关注唱念做打等各方面的唯美、虚拟和写意性。

(Photos above: Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan interacts with DCBBO performers at the 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration.  Accompanied by Steve McAdams and Elizabeth Chung, Executive Directors, Governor's Office of Community Initiatives)



 华府《京剧之花》网站

首发感言 

京剧從乾隆年間徽班進京呈現雏形,历经兩百多年發展,有過輝煌,有過磨難;文革十年遭劫,元氣大傷;所幸底蘊深厚,拂尘撣
垢,华彩依旧。由萌芽而兴盛,京剧靠的是各行當出類拔萃的名角,同時也離不開從宮廷士大夫到草根階層票友台前幕后的参与。在今日地球村,有华人的角落,常聞京曲,常見票友,因為,中华文化之根,华人立身處世的信念之根,就是孝悌忠信,礼仪廉恥,这正是京剧艺术表現的主題。

今天,在美國首都華盛頓,有这样五,六位女性,來自大江南北,從事各行各業,本來素不相識,因為熱愛京剧,聚集在一起。有心要在異國他鄉,奉獻一份心力,為京剧這棵根深葉茂、经历過几许沧桑、目前又处于秋風冷雨中的大樹,做一些培土看护之工,為其日後枝葉的葳蕤储蓄力量。她们自名京剧之花,既寓女性之意,又指京剧之美。她們相信,真正的艺术,无惧式微;有心挽狂澜于既倒,端看事在人为。为了这个心愿,她们奉獻著工餘的時間精力,为京剧寻找展示魅力的平台。從建網站這一小步開始,立千里之行的宏愿,廣交天下同好,或演唱,或講座,或聊戲,或為文,希望來自不同國度和文化的朋友了解中國京剧的精深博大。

京剧之花盼望今日的新栽小苗,能在阳光雨露兼收并蓄中,有一日绽放不一样的芬芳。到那时,回首今日的始创,自会有一份由衷的欣慰和骄傲。


DC Beauty of Beijing Opera   (DCBBO)

 


is a non-profit organization with 501 (c) (3) status approved by IRS.  Her aim  is to promote cultural diversity and enhance the public awareness of the philosophy of harmonious society in the US East, in particular the Metropolitan Washington DC area through educational oriented performances and workshops about Beijing Opera.  Also referred to as" DC Beijing Opera Flowers" in the past, DCBBO was founded by 5  female professionals in international financial institution, IT industry as well as elementary and high schools, who have had over 10 years of Beijing Opera performance experiences through part-time engagement.  

 

Audience 座无虚席

DCBBO is proud of her contribution to entertaining the audience as well as raising public awareness and appreciation of Beijing Opera, which is deeply rooted in the 5,000 years of Chinese culture and acts as an active vehicle of promoting Confucius philosophy of harmonious society in many aspects. Her performance footprint was found in numerous cultural events in US East.  The most recent pieces include the Beijing Opera Gala 2017 and 2016;  Beijing Opera Training Classes at Confucius Institute US Center; Discover Beijing Opera in George Mason University and Mary Washington University; Workshops at Osyter-Adam Bilingual School and Parkland Magnet Middle School;  Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by City of Rockville, Maryland;  Asian-Pacific Americans Heritage Month Celebration hosted by US Department of Agriculture and Department of Transportation;  Beijing Opera Concert at Villanova University, Philadelphia; and 14th Peking Opera Gala at Boys and Girls Club of Camden County, New Jersey. These events had wide media coverage and were highly remarked by the public, in particular the Chinese-American Community. 

 

京剧讲座
Beijing Opera Workshop Series

华府“京剧之花”应邀参加美国政府亚太裔文化传统月庆典活动

DCBBO Showcases Beijing Opera at

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month Celebration
CFO David Burr, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food and Nutrition Services and DCBBO Speaker and Performers

CSM Matthew McCoy, U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS COMMAND 
and DCBBO Performers


Secretary Anthony Foxx,  U.S. Department of Transportation  and
DCBBO Performers

DCBBO Held Beijing Opera Demos at DC International School, Maret School,  Hilton-Arms School and Howard Chinese Schooduring Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration 
著名京剧学者翁思再作客乔治梅森大学戏剧学院

Mr. Weng Si-Zai, an adjunct professor at the East China Normal University, is a well-known journalist and respected Beijing (Peking) Opera scholar in China. His rich knowledge and understanding of Chinese traditional theatre is highly praised by both the professional Beijing Opera artists and critics in China. Mr. Weng is also a well-trained Beijing Opera performer who understands the principles of Beijing Opera singing and acting, and the uniqueness of Chinese traditional theater in comparison with western styled opera and drama. His comprehensive study of Chinese traditional theater in general, and Beijing Opera in particular, is rooted in his deep understanding of Chinese history and culture, as well as western opera and drama, such as the theories of Bertolt Brecht and Constantin Stanislavski. In the workshop “Discover Beijing Opera”, he discussed the rich characteristics of Beijing Opera and compare them to Brecht’s epic drama and elaborate the impact the former has on the latter. A demonstration of Beijing Opera singing and acting was a part of his presentation.  Top notch Beijing Opera artists, Mr. Ma Shaoliang and Mme. Qin Xueling showcased singing and dance-acting during the workshop.  Mr. Ye Ding from the Georgetown University interpreted for this workshop.    


 
 
 
 左上: 京剧名家 马少良; 右上:京剧名家 秦雪玲; 
下: GMU戏剧学院孔子学院与演讲嘉宾和京剧之花合影
Upper left: Ma Shaoliang, National Class Beijing Opera Artist; Upper Right: Qin Queling, National Class Beijing Opera Artist; Below: GMU School of Theatre Presents an Award to the Workshop Speaker and Guests, accompanied by staff from Confucius Institute and DCBBO
  
翁思再讲座
 

China's US Ambassador Cui Tiankui Hosts Beijing Opera Workshop with Beijing Opera Artist Sun Ping.  
The Workshop is assisted by DCBBO  
“京剧之花”协办 (点击播放视频)
 
China's US Ambassador Cui Tiankai and DCBBO Members 


China's US Counselor Li Kexin and Performers
京剧培训
Beijing Opera Training Classes   

Beijing Opera Training Classes 2018

华府”京剧之花“2017年秋季京剧基础培训班指导老师章诗莹和学生
Shiying Zhang and Her Students of DCBBO Beijing Opera Basic Skills Training Classes at Confucius Institute U.S. Center, 
Autumn 2017 Semester





Selected Video of Recent Accomplishments
《珠帘寨》《四郎探母》《卖水》《望江亭》《扈三娘》《颂西湖》
《杨门女将》《穆桂英挂帅》《霸王别姬》《梨花颂》

京剧之花演出视频精选

 

媒体报道
Media Coverage







华府华语视频
 

China Daily 中国日报


 
AACNTV 美国华视
京剧表演艺术家赵飞、秦雪玲在华府举办金谷《梨园春》
 
“京剧之花”受邀参与演出 (点击播放视频)
 
 
Ma Shaoliang, National Class Beijing Opera Artist Congratulates DCBBO with his painting
京剧名家马少良赠画“京剧之花”





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