For thousands of years, China has been a feudal society where clothing has been used to indicate social and political status. These conventions are reflected in Chinese opera where elaborate costumes and props give the audience a detailed reading of a character’s social identity. This workshop teaches participants how to “read” the stories inside the embroidered silks, detailed hairdos, and extravagant headdresses worn on stage. We also explore-held props, such as fans, ribbons, and horsewhips and the meaning they carry.
Past presenters include: China Institute, LaGuardia Community College, Oldfield Middle School (Greenlawn, NY), P.S. 120 (Queens).