Posted by Troy from Panther2528.eiu.edu on October 09, 1998 at 11:27:50:
In Reply to: Re: Lao Che posted by Major Paul on October 09, 1998 at 02:50:36:
Actually, I have been doing quite a bit of travelling this year in and
around Europe. I myself have not been to Beijing but, one of my collegues
is from there. She is particularily fond of Beijing opera and has taught
me quite a bit about it.
The character of Lao Sheng is a recurring one. He is usually portrayed as the
older and wiser of the opera characters (there being 4 major roles and many
sub-categories in each). There are 2 kinds of Lao Sheng. The one I
have described above and the other which is the red face Lao Sheng.
The Red face Lao sheng (also called Hong Sheng) has 2 roles. The first is
Guan Gong (pronounced Kuan Kung)who is the god of war. He is a hero from the
novel "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms". The second role is Zhao Kuang-Yin.
He is the first emperor of the Song dynasty.
There you have it. Hope its not confusing. It took me a while
to get all of the characters straight until I actually saw a performance
of it. It is a real spectacle at times. Interesting, though. Some of the
stories can give a real insight into Chinese culture. After all,in every culture, ancient or not,
art mirrors life.
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