Asian theatre is comprised of more than one geographic area. It consists of India, China and Japan. Each brought their own uniqueness to Asian theatre. Asian theatre as it pertains to China will be discussed in this chapter. Ancient Chinese chronicles mention other theatrical activities such as skits, pantomimes, juggling, singing and dancing. This serves as an indication that there were early Chinese versions of popular entertainment.
During the Yuan Dynasty, China was ruled not
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has dinner and drinks as the performance goes on. The costumes and makeup are also very symbolic.
Chinese theatre has its own uniqueness. Although other areas of theatre have used makeup and costume symbolically, Chinese theatre symbolism is exaggerated more. The bright costumes and lavish makeup tell you a story about these characters, not only their emotion. The colors and patterns of makeup signal to he audience what kind of character the performer is playing.