常春藤导师Christina(6月精英计划月度活动)
2016-07-26 15:53:00 来源:美中网 点击:

To be honest, prior to this activity I did not consider myself a fan of opera in any form. Before reprising my role as a boat rower in 别洞观景, I knew next to nothing about Sichuan opera. I had been told that it included traditional stories, acrobatics and other interesting skills but I had only seen a very brief face changing performance at a tourist destination around Chengdu.

  My first true encounter was when I went to a rehearsal at the provincial theater. As I sat in the theater, I was immediately drawn in by the exaggerated gestures, facial expression and movements of the actors. Though I do not speak 四川话I found that I could still follow much of the story and I was particularly intrigued by the accompanying sound effects and music. Thus, when I was told I would have an opportunity to perform Sichuan opera I jumped at the chance.

  After joining a few of the practices for the performance, I quickly realized just how difficult performing Sichuan opera is. Sichuan opera has it all: dance, singing, storytelling, and body language, and it all must be in sync. The hardest part for me was the hand movements. I had never before been asked to speak with my hands and I must say it was very difficult!

  Overall I was very glad to have this opportunity and I have tried my best to convey to my students the importance of holding on to this kind of culture. I believe that though the stories are from the past, many of the themes still ring true today such as enjoying nature, doing chores around the house or experiencing your first crush. The contexts may have changed, but many of the lessons and feelings are the same. Finally, I am happy to say that Sichuan opera has a new fan.