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Ancient Chinese Drama
and Opera
By: Leni Negrin
Many people in China enjoy
drama and theater. The most
famous kind of drama is
called Peking Opera. It tells a
story with song and dance.
Performers wear colorful
costumes and makeup. They
dance and do amazing jumps.
Chinese, or Beijing opera is
nothing like Western operas.
Chinese opera is a popular
form of drama and musical
theatre in China with roots
going back to the early periods
in China.
It is a composite performance
art that is an amalgamation of
various art forms that existed
in ancient China and evolved
gradually over more than a
thousand years, reaching its
mature form in the 13th
century during the Song
What’s in Chinese Opera?
Early forms of Chinese drama are simple, but over time
they incorporated various art forms, such as music, song,
and dance, martial arts, acrobatics, as well as literary art
form to become Chinese opera.
Art Facts
Thousands of life-sized soldiers and horses have been
uncovered near the first tomb of the first Emperor.