Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Beijing Opera

I went to Beijing (Peking) Opera. Beijing style opera is different than Western style opera. I'd link to a Wikipedia article about it, but Mao's 30,000 Internet censors have blocked Wikipedia from the Chinese Internet.

The opera uses an archaic theatre dialect (think Shakespeare does Beowulf in Middle English). So, there are subtitles in both standard Mandarin Chinese and English.

My favorite line tonight came from the Goddess of Heaven speaking in a shrilly tone:
I left the kingdom of Fragrance and traveled around the world.

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