Performing Arts Practice I

"Narrating stories in songs and dance" is the unique performing style of Traditional Chinese Opera (Xiqu); it includes various contents such as philosophy, literature, mythology and life, which provides a high value for the modern theatre to learn and experience.
Using modern theatrical pedagogy, this course will teach students the four skills--singing, chanting, acting and acrobatics--in Peking Opera (Jing Ju), the practice of five means-- hand, eye, body, step and method, as well as the classification of different characters in Jing Ju--Sheng, Dan, Jing, Chou. Students will need to adopt these methods in impromptu singing, dancing and drama performing. A performance presentation will be required at the end of the semester.