Thursday, October 11, 2007

Peking Opera

Makeup Time
Originally uploaded by chlorinebeach.
Today was the "Final" for peking Opera, which was essentially a performance. Our professors did full on makeup for us, which turned out to be quite a process. First we got pinkish base slapped on. Next came the red bit, which faded down from our eyes. After a layer of powder, black got put on our eyebrows + eyelids, giving us a permanently irritated look. Lips were last, + during the whole process we stood around the dressing room making faces at eachother. The makeup helped make parts of the dance make much more sense- when we widened our eyes, the audience could really see it, even if they were far away (like they would have been in a traditional Peking performance).