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Sichuan Opera is different. It ain’t your grandmother’s opera!

Granted, Sichuan Opera is not just different from western style opera, but it’s also very different from chinese opera. Let me break it down.

  • For starters, there were no hoity toity formal outfits required of us. Everyone was dressed casually.
  • Second, there were a number of performances by different skilled individuals that included group dances, music played on the chinese zither (a traditional chinese instrument), acrobatics (while pouring tea), and puppetry.
  • Third, I don’t recall any singing, although this was just the nature of our show’s particular performances.
  • Most importantly, the highlight of our show – and most all Sichuan Opera shows – is the face changing!

I might describe the show to the uninitiated as China’s version of Cirque du Soleil. Not quite so acrobatic, but definitely a little eclectic.

All that said, check out a few clips from our face changing master’s performance. Be stunned, amazed, confused, or even just give a pleased smirk. Whatever matter of trickery he’s using, it’s very cool!

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You can hear Emily saying “How does he do it!?

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