China, Zaju, and Beijing Opera: Crash Course Theater #25

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Combine music, acrobatics, dance, and mime, and you have Beijing opera. An informational video walks viewers through a timeline of Chinese theater, including the introduction of the opera. Comparisons to other forms of drama throughout history also crop up throughout the clip.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Research symbolism found in Beijing opera 
  • Ask class members to paint their faces similar to the way Beijin Opera actors do
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires knowledge of common theater terms, such as narrative and dialogic
  • 25th episode in the Crash Course Theater playlist
  • Displays key portions of information as text on the screen
  • Brings in humor to make the content more engaging
  • Breaks from timeline of rest of series to focus on multiple periods of Chinese drama
Common Core