In the countryside the troupe has set up stage and is in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.   Eight hours a day, seven days a week, Gao, Tianjun and their friends are on stage, impersonating Princes, Generals and Emperors. Keeping alive one of China greatest cultural heritage, its opera.Under scorching heat or freezing cold, they sing, dance and mime stories of love, wars and treason in front of a mesmerized audience of peasants. They go from villages to cities, year around, bringing with them stories of an ancient and long gone China. Their shiny and colorful clothes off, they live the low life, sleeping and eating on the floor, trying to make-do with the meager money earned from their skillful art.

In the countryside the troupe has set up stage and is in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.

Eight hours a day, seven days a week, Gao, Tianjun and their friends are on stage, impersonating Princes, Generals and Emperors. Keeping alive one of China greatest cultural heritage, its opera.Under scorching heat or freezing cold, they sing, dance and mime stories of love, wars and treason in front of a mesmerized audience of peasants. They go from villages to cities, year around, bringing with them stories of an ancient and long gone China. Their shiny and colorful clothes off, they live the low life, sleeping and eating on the floor, trying to make-do with the meager money earned from their skillful art.

  The performers backstage behind a painted set representing a typical Chinese landscape.

The performers backstage behind a painted set representing a typical Chinese landscape.

 Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

  Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

  Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera.. Some haven't found room near the stage and are sitting on piles of coal at the edge of the village square. The region is is rich with coal and the troup belongs to a coal baron with a passion for opera. He created it after falling in love with an opera singer who he made his concubine.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera.. Some haven't found room near the stage and are sitting on piles of coal at the edge of the village square. The region is is rich with coal and the troup belongs to a coal baron with a passion for opera. He created it after falling in love with an opera singer who he made his concubine.

  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

 The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

  The village has come to attend a representation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a representation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

  During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

  During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

  an actress during a break.

an actress during a break.

 After a performance the artists wash their face taking off the make-up. Artists have to wear heavy make-up 8 hours a day. Very damaging to their skin.

After a performance the artists wash their face taking off the make-up. Artists have to wear heavy make-up 8 hours a day. Very damaging to their skin.

  Artists are have gathered around a big noodle pot after the show. They have a cook that prepare the food for them. Because they don't have much money they rarely eat meat.                      

Artists are have gathered around a big noodle pot after the show. They have a cook that prepare the food for them. Because they don't have much money they rarely eat meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Member of the troup are washing themselves in a public bathroom. They usually can do that only once a week.

Member of the troup are washing themselves in a public bathroom. They usually can do that only once a week.

  Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

  Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

  The troup is rehearsing a difficult move.

The troup is rehearsing a difficult move.

  People from the village are looking at a poster announcing tonight's programme.

People from the village are looking at a poster announcing tonight's programme.

  The troup is perforrming in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.

The troup is perforrming in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.

  Two actors during a break.

Two actors during a break.

  While a troupe member is enjoying a break backstage,  two young villagers are staring at him fascinated and somewhat scared.

While a troupe member is enjoying a break backstage,  two young villagers are staring at him fascinated and somewhat scared.

  A troup member of the troup taking a break and enjoying a smoke.

A troup member of the troup taking a break and enjoying a smoke.

  Tha last show has just ended and a troupe member is starting to dismantle the set before moving to another location.

Tha last show has just ended and a troupe member is starting to dismantle the set before moving to another location.

  The troup exhausted is sleeping on the bus taking them to their next destination.

The troup exhausted is sleeping on the bus taking them to their next destination.

  The troup is getting on the bus heading for their next destination. They usually spend 3-4 days in one location before heading to the next.

The troup is getting on the bus heading for their next destination. They usually spend 3-4 days in one location before heading to the next.

  In the countryside the troupe has set up stage and is in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.   Eight hours a day, seven days a week, Gao, Tianjun and their friends are on stage, impersonating Princes, Generals and Emperors. Keeping alive one of China greatest cultural heritage, its opera.Under scorching heat or freezing cold, they sing, dance and mime stories of love, wars and treason in front of a mesmerized audience of peasants. They go from villages to cities, year around, bringing with them stories of an ancient and long gone China. Their shiny and colorful clothes off, they live the low life, sleeping and eating on the floor, trying to make-do with the meager money earned from their skillful art.
  The performers backstage behind a painted set representing a typical Chinese landscape.
 Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.
  Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.
  Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.
  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera.. Some haven't found room near the stage and are sitting on piles of coal at the edge of the village square. The region is is rich with coal and the troup belongs to a coal baron with a passion for opera. He created it after falling in love with an opera singer who he made his concubine.
  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.
  The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.
 The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.
  The village has come to attend a representation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.
  During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.
  During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.
  an actress during a break.
 After a performance the artists wash their face taking off the make-up. Artists have to wear heavy make-up 8 hours a day. Very damaging to their skin.
  Artists are have gathered around a big noodle pot after the show. They have a cook that prepare the food for them. Because they don't have much money they rarely eat meat.                      
  Member of the troup are washing themselves in a public bathroom. They usually can do that only once a week.
  Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.
  Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.
  The troup is rehearsing a difficult move.
  People from the village are looking at a poster announcing tonight's programme.
  The troup is perforrming in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.
  Two actors during a break.
  While a troupe member is enjoying a break backstage,  two young villagers are staring at him fascinated and somewhat scared.
  A troup member of the troup taking a break and enjoying a smoke.
  Tha last show has just ended and a troupe member is starting to dismantle the set before moving to another location.
  The troup exhausted is sleeping on the bus taking them to their next destination.
  The troup is getting on the bus heading for their next destination. They usually spend 3-4 days in one location before heading to the next.

In the countryside the troupe has set up stage and is in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.

Eight hours a day, seven days a week, Gao, Tianjun and their friends are on stage, impersonating Princes, Generals and Emperors. Keeping alive one of China greatest cultural heritage, its opera.Under scorching heat or freezing cold, they sing, dance and mime stories of love, wars and treason in front of a mesmerized audience of peasants. They go from villages to cities, year around, bringing with them stories of an ancient and long gone China. Their shiny and colorful clothes off, they live the low life, sleeping and eating on the floor, trying to make-do with the meager money earned from their skillful art.

The performers backstage behind a painted set representing a typical Chinese landscape.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

Backstage, opera artists are doing their own make-up. The make-up process is a difficult and key process in the art of Chinese opera. It take years for the artists to learn the skill. The make up is like a mask with highly symbolic meanings. It allows the audience to quickly identify a character: good or bad, its function, rank.. depending on the colors and drawings.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera.. Some haven't found room near the stage and are sitting on piles of coal at the edge of the village square. The region is is rich with coal and the troup belongs to a coal baron with a passion for opera. He created it after falling in love with an opera singer who he made his concubine.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a repreentation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

The village has come to attend a representation of the opera..Mostly children are fascinated by this form of entertainment. For the new gernerations of Chinese, opera is difficult to undrestand and appreciate. It belongs to another era.

During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

During a performance of traditional Shanxi Opera (xi jiu). The artists are travelling from villages to city. They are performing since their youngest age. A hard life constantly on the raod for very little money.

an actress during a break.

After a performance the artists wash their face taking off the make-up. Artists have to wear heavy make-up 8 hours a day. Very damaging to their skin.

Artists are have gathered around a big noodle pot after the show. They have a cook that prepare the food for them. Because they don't have much money they rarely eat meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member of the troup are washing themselves in a public bathroom. They usually can do that only once a week.

Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

Members of the opera troup sleeping on the floor in the morning.

The troup is rehearsing a difficult move.

People from the village are looking at a poster announcing tonight's programme.

The troup is perforrming in front of an audience of peasants wearing straw hats.

Two actors during a break.

While a troupe member is enjoying a break backstage,  two young villagers are staring at him fascinated and somewhat scared.

A troup member of the troup taking a break and enjoying a smoke.

Tha last show has just ended and a troupe member is starting to dismantle the set before moving to another location.

The troup exhausted is sleeping on the bus taking them to their next destination.

The troup is getting on the bus heading for their next destination. They usually spend 3-4 days in one location before heading to the next.

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