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Tan Xin Pei’s World of Performances and Artistic Accomplishments as the King of Beijing Opera

  • The Journal of Chinese Cultural Studies
  • 2018, (39), pp.105-124
  • DOI : 10.18212/cccs.2018..39.005
  • Publisher : The Society For Chinese Cultural Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature > Chinese Literature > Chinese Culture
  • Received : January 15, 2018
  • Accepted : February 15, 2018
  • Published : February 28, 2018

Mikyung Cha 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The objective of the present study is to investigate through what process Tan Xin Pei (譚鑫培) has learned to form his own fashion and what implications it might have. At the same time, this study is also aimed at highlighting his position as an actor in Chinese drama by examining the significance of his artistic achievements in Beijing opera. Tan Xin Pei invested his passion for the art of Beijing opera to deal with his difficult environments and shortcomings, studying constantly the essence of senior actors’ plays, transforming them into his own style, that is Tan fashion (譚派), and obtaining ultimately the status of grand master who has pioneered a new way by acting an old man in the plays of Beijing opera. He learned a lot from excellent performances of the senior actors in Beijing opera, particularly those of heroine Qing Yi (靑衣) and character actor Hua Lian (花臉), imitating their tone and technique of the beat to deeply reveal the inner feelings of the characters in the plays, and succeeded finally in dignifying the soft, fresh, mild, elegant grace of his own Tan fashion. Moreover, he added martial art to the category of an old man role, extending by thus its scope widely. In addition, he reorganized past performances to create a vivid new character in the drama. Thanks to these artistic accomplishments, he became eventually a representative grand master as the actor playing an old man role in Beijing opera. Therefore, in the field of Beijing Opera has been called as the King of the opera.

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