Opera revisited

On January 20, 2015, in Opera, photography, by omegaforest

After a few months of hiatus, I am back at the opera. The backstage to be exact. It was a new year, new start and looking for new inspirations.

I still spent most of my time backstage. The makeup moments were so magical. You almost felt that time had freeze for a few seconds.

Expect the unexpected

Expect the unexpected

Young or old, they memorized their lines. No shortcuts

Young or old, they memorized their lines. No shortcuts

There were no makeup artist on backstage. All performers were responsible for their own makeup.

Hairdo

Hairdo

Drawing the eye brown...

Drawing the eye brown…

and adding some nice macho moustache!

and adding some nice macho mustache!

Objects

The troupe master also double up as musician

The troupe master also double up as musician

Something we seldom get to see. Rehearsal.

At times, the troupe would perform new show. We would see them do a walk through and rehearsed their lines.

At times, the troupe would perform new show. We would see them do a walk through and rehearsed their lines.

Eight Immortals

On November 13, 2013, in Opera, by omegaforest

Tonight was another lucky day for me. The temple had requested the Eight Immortals for tonight’s 扮仙. It was visual treat.

More information on 扮仙 here.

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Tonight’s 扮仙 sequence.

 

The Eight Immortals are:
1.蒲扇(鍾離權)
2.葫蘆(李鐵拐)
3.花籃(藍采和)
4.荷花(何仙姑)
5.寶劍(呂洞賓)
6.竹笛(韓湘子)
7.魚鼓(張果老)
8.玉板(曹國舅)

1. The performance started with the Eight Immortals. They were paired up and took turn to dance in front of the altar.

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Performance by the Eight Immortals

Seen here is 何仙姑 and 藍采和

Seen here is 何仙姑 and 藍采和

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Today, the musician performed inside the temple.

The Eight Immortals

The Eight Immortals. From Left to Right
1.花籃(藍采和)
2.竹笛(韓湘子)
3.寶劍(呂洞賓)
4.蒲扇(鍾離權)
5.葫蘆(李鐵拐)
6.魚鼓(張果老)
7.玉板(曹國舅)
8.荷花(何仙姑)

Blessings...

Blessings…

2. 加官
The second part is 加官. The performer is dressed up as an Court Official (God of Happiness). He bites onto a mask. As he cannot speaks, he send his blessing through auspicious text sew onto banners. Common texts that are found on these banner includes, “天官赐福”、“加官进爵”、“一品当朝”、“富贵长春”!

The masked official

The masked official

跳加官. In layman, it represent the God of Happiness

跳加官. In layman, this official represents the God of Happiness

3. The final segment is 金榜.
Before the show. They passed the Little Boy Deity to the temple helper. The deity is placed at the temple’s altar for worshiping.

The Little Boy Deity

The Little Boy Deity

金榜

金榜, Seen here the scholar and his wife

Offering and praying to all the gods in the temple hall

Offering and praying to all the gods in the temple hall

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