Cuba, Hawaii, the Maldives, Washington – famous qingyi Liu Guijuan is definitely one of the most interesting and original personalities in the world of Beijing Opera.
Of course besides enjoying sunshine and ocean breeze, she’s busy with spreading the high art of Beijing Opera in the West – the following photo is courtesy of Geza, loyal fan of Miss Liu. It was taken after the performance of the Jade Hairpin in El Monte, California, on May 13, 2006.
The QQ penguins are adorable. Beijing Opera is adorable as well. Beijing Opera QQ penguins are most adorable.
You can download them as png and ico files from megapoxy.net here: [PNG] | [ICO]
For the more adventurous: they come from here.
Seems my new job temporarily stumped my lengthy article writing career, and it will be worse as Christmas approaches. My apologies.
Today I have a photo for you, with a very young Zhang Junqiu preparing to perform Wujiapo, I suspect he’s in his early twenties on this picture(?)
I also share the rough outline of a short story I read, written by critic Feng Mu (冯牧).
Cheng Yanqiu repeatedly invited him to check out his students performing. Usually it was very hard to squeeze out any praise from Cheng Yanqiu, but one time when he heard Zhang Junqiu’s Zhenfei 《珍妃》, combining the singing styles of Cheng and Mei school, he said: “This method is just OK.”
This was an exceptionally big approval from him.
About the process of hairdressing, accessories and the silver hair ornaments he’s wearing you can read here @operabeijing.com.
…but aren’t these butterflies beautiful? Look at Ding Xiaojun on the third picture!
More for fans: HERE
Much more for ultimate fans: [Willow.rar]
The nose of this person looks like mine. So I better don’t try.
《别样须生—王珮瑜》A Different Kind of Laosheng – Wang Peiyu (ISBN : 9787507423600) is a little book by Yuan Sheng and A Lian, briefly summarizing the life and career of the lovable Ms. Wang.
Based on reviews, the booklet isn’t very well written, but the photos from Peiyu’s childhood and young years make up for it. The following scanned pictures are the courtesy of 编辑俊杰.
Kid in the window
Family performance: Pink-bowed Peiyu accompanies his parents
Smiling Pingtan Peiyu
Family portrait: Brother, mom, dad, Peiyu
First time in Beijing at the Echo Wall
Here she’s with Yuan Shihai (袁世海) and Fan Shiren (范石人). Great glasses.
20 years old here…
…and one year later
Finally, from this fairly recent shot you can take possession of the invaluable and utterly useful information that Wang Peiyu likes Desperate Housewives.
Party founding 91st anniversary concert today. Who has the best ushanka?
Or Zhang Kai?
Perhaps Ma Jia who sports a white one?
Or Zhang Jianfeng whose red star came off?
‘kay, ‘kay. The winner is:
Pictures: Xiao Hanqiu, Ma Jia
Help! Help! I almost can’t stand the cuteness!
Little Li Shaochun (李少春) and Li Wanchun (李万春) (not relatives).
Little Li Yangming (李阳鸣) and Li Wanchun (grandpa).
Courtesy of… whoever is on the 4th and on the left of the 5th photo here.
Miniature Chen Shaoyun in the middle.
I don’t remember whose photo. That puffy coat… priceless!
Gao Qingkui (高庆奎) and his son as the little prince, photo still from Sorrow on Mei Mountain.
Look at the stunned expression on the child’s face!
And here is Gao Qingkui himself in younger edition:
What a cute kid!
Can you believe that I’ve never seen a Jin-Xiong edition Jin Yunu? I have numerous pictures from several performances, but I’ve never seen a video.
The douzhi bowl part is one of my favorite opera scenes, so funny! I can’t get bored of those face expressions.
The photos below were made on the 13th in Yifu Theater by music_photo and 退休人好快活. Beware, long post! And very full of Xiquan. :P