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Xin Xiang

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It normally takes Westerners a few attempts to come to terms with Peking Opera, a traditional (and vanishing) artform of China. For one thing, the music and singing styles seem to be wildly cacaphonous when they are first encountered. Nonetheless, the mythic stories, the gorgeous and elaborate costumes and make-up, and particularly the mad athleticism of the dance/martial arts/acrobatics which enliven most of its dramas have the power to enchant even the most obdurate outsider. However, the difficulty of...more

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