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DC Beauty of Beijing Opera Ltd (DCBBO) is supported in part by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and the Montgomery County Government and 
the Arts and Humanity Council of the Montgomery County (AHCMC)

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。

华府“京剧之花”是美国政府注册的非牟利文化传播机构,具有501c)(3)免税资格。自2013 成立以来,华府”京剧之花“已经举办中英双语讲座式演出近百场,为上万名美国主流社会观众 打开了欣赏京剧的大门,其致力于传扬京剧艺术的敬业和奉献精神,深受海内外京剧专业人士的赞誉,亦得到来自马里兰州长办公室、马里兰州艺术委员会、马里兰州蒙郡艺术委员会、美国农业部和中国驻美国大使馆的嘉奖。

(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)






DC Beauty of Beijing Opera Ltd  (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 New Year Performance at Frederick MD; Beijing Opera Workshop at Virginia Military Institute;  Beijing Opera Training Classes at Confucius Institute US Center; Beijing Opera Gala at Wheaton MD, George Washington University, George Mason University; Beijing Opera workshops at Mcdonogh School and Norwood School;  Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by City of Rockville, Maryland;  Asian-Pacific Americans Heritage Month Celebration hosted by US Department of Agriculture,  Department of Transportation, and Maryland Governor's Office. These events had wide media coverage and were highly remarked by the public.


Beijing Opera Workshop Series


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

and DCBBO Performers

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

Beijing Opera Makeup Demos at John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts during Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration 

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

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
Beijing Opera Training Classes   

Master Zhao Fei and His Students at the DCBBO hosted Beijing Opera Basic Martial Arts Display Skills Training Classes
Autumn 2019 Semester

Beijing Opera Training Classes 2018

Shiying Zhang and Her Students at the DCBBO hosted Beijing Opera Female Role Basic Skills Training Classes
Autumn 2017 Semester

Selected Video of Recent Accomplishments



Media Coverage


China Daily 中国日报

“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

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