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Because of CICO's unique mission to promote Chinese opera, music, and performing arts, special courses are available for Binghamton University students to learn about topics that include Beijing Opera, Chinese instruments, and Chinese Opera Stage Combat. Available courses vary by semester. On this page, you can find specific information on available courses, as well as general descriptions and pictures from past classes.


Spring 2015 Courses

Beijing Opera Character Types - 24510 - AAAS 386E-01, THEA 387E

This is a hands-on class that involves some speech and or song, not a lecture class. Both male and female students will learn the unique attributes and performing techniques of each role category in performance. Characters in Beijing Opera are divided into four categories: Sheng (males), Dan (females), Jing (painted face males), and Chou (clowns). The final project includes a demonstration of each character type with face painting, water sleeve costumes, and folding fans. The course is taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts (NACTA). There are no prerequisites. Also offered as THEA 387E.

Instructor: Linghui Tu

Beijing Opera Combat II - 24509 - AAAS 386D-01, THEA 387P

This course teaches basic movement and fighting techniques using the Double Edged Straight Sword (Jian) and Horsetail Whisk. The Jian is one of the four major weapons of Beijing Opera, along with the staff, spear, and saber. The Horsetail Whisk is a unique performing weapon. Its use involves both dynamic and static actions, and flexible, elastic body movements, which will improve general self-defense abilities. The course is taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts (NACTA). No prerequisites or previous experience necessary. Also offered as THEA 387P.

Instructor: Linghui Tu

Chinese Music Ensemble - 24472 - AAAS 188F-01, MUS 181F

This course provides beginning instruction on the Dizi, a transverse bamboo flute employed in many types of Chinese Folk Music as well as in various styles of Chinese Opera and in the modern Chinese Orchestra. Students will work on proper sound production, finger technique, articulation, and learn repertoire appropriate to the instrument. Please note that the Dizi is not really used with Beijing Opera, but with other music styles, particularly Kunqu opera from southern China and Silk and Bamboo music from Shanghai. The course is taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts (NACTA). There are no prerequisites, and the course is suitable for freshmen; ability to read music is recommended. Also offered as MUS 181F or MUS 282F.

Instructor: Shijun Cheng

 

Fall 2014 Courses

Beijing Opera Face Painting - 22360 - AAAS 386B - 01

One of the most distinctive aspects of Beijing Opera is its unique make-up style, which disguises actors with astonishing masks painted directly onto their skin. This class teaches the significance of symbolic patterns and colors used and techniques of pigment application. This class is taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. There are no prerequisites. The class is 2 credits, also offered as THEA 387B.

Instructor: Linghui Tu

Beijing Opera Combat - 24742 - AAAS 386C - 01

This course concentrates on the symbolic fighting style of Beijing Opera, using special swords and spears. It is athletic and gymnastic and is clearly influenced by techniques of martial arts. Despite that, no previous training in any of the above is necessary for enrollment. Traditional weapons are furnished. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. There are no prerequisites, and the class is 2 credits. Open to students from any major. Also offered as THEA 387C.

Instructor: Linghui Tu

Chinese Music Ensemble - 22855 - AAAS 188F - 01

This course provides beginning instruction on various Chinese traditional instruments. The course will be taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. Specific instruments taught will vary each semester depending on the abilities of the guest artist. Students will work on proper sound production, technique, and ensemble performance. There are no prerequisites, and the course is suitable for freshmen; ability to read music is recommended. Also offered as MUS 181F.

Instructor: Shijun Cheng


Past Courses and Pictures

Chinese Opera Face Painting 京剧脸谱

Beijing Opera Face Painting Course

 

Chinese Opera Combat 京剧武打

Chinese Opera Combat Course

 

Chinese Silent Storytelling 中国戏曲的做功 

Chinese Silent Storytelling Course

 

Chinese Costumes & Headpieces 中国戏曲的服装与头饰

Chinese Costumes and Headpieces Course

 

Chinese Opera Water Sleeves and Folding Fans京剧的水袖和折扇表演

Water Sleeves and Folding Fans in Chinese Opera

 

Horsewhips in Chinese Opera 京剧的趟马表演

Horsewhips in Chinese Opera

 

Chinese Music Ensemble 中国音乐合奏

Chinese Music Ensemble Course

 

Beginning Chinese Flute 中国竹笛入门

Beginning Chinese Flute Course

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