jing is another interesting character. Larger than life, wearing
costumes of large padded shoulders and high, heavy shoes. He
draws attention to himself as soon as he steps on the stage.
However, the jing may represent either absolute good or absolute
evil. We can identify the jing by the elaborate designs on
his heavily "painted face".
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colours and designs painted on the face communicate
the identity and personality of the jing character. A
predominantly white face indicates treachery and
craftiness whilst a black one
and uprightness. Remember the "black" face
judge Bao? The "good" jing
is usually courageous and symbolizes
strength and power.
often, the highlight of an opera performance begins
when the jing character swaggers on stage to speak
and sing in his loud and powerful voice. Each word
and tone is emphasized for added effect. Thus, performers
for the jing character not only need to possess a
powerful nasal singing style,
they must also have a broad face and a wide brow
so that the very elaborate designs of the
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