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Thursday, October 7, 1993 - 19:30

Peking Opera

Ione Meyer, Beijing Opera School

Australian Embassy

Ione Meyer who has recently graduated from the Beijing Opera School after three years of study, will give us a talk about this art form. Most foreigners who go to watch opera here do not understand its finer points, indeed they are lucky if they understand anything at all. Ione will help us to appreciate this type of total theatre by demonstrating the meanings of some of the stylized movements and the special make up. She will also demonstrate the characteristic style of singing and say something about the musical accompaniment. Ione has mainly concentrated on acrobatics and martial arts, but also sings – she will be wearing the costume of a singing character from a play entitled The Goddess who Scatters Flowers from Heaven.