Get a glimpse into Sichuan Opera (Chuan Ju) as ASU Libraries celebrates ASU's China partnership.
Originating in Southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Sichuan Opera is one of China’s most oldest and famous regional opera styles. Over the last three hundred years, it has developed through the blending of dramatic art forms brought by immigrants to the province, local customs, traditional folk music and dance of the Sichuan province. The result is a performance characterized by daring acrobatics, beautiful singing, humorous dialogue, magic tricks, and marionettes.
The most famous attraction of the Sichuan Opera performance is face-changing. In most local Chinese operas, the performers' facial makeup is painted, but in Sichuan Opera, the players usually wear colorful masks used to demonstrate the characters feelings and moods. The talented Sichuan Opera performers can change their facial masks very quickly, almost instantly, with just a wave of their hand or a toss of their head.