The Children of the Beijing Opera (2007)

Genres - Culture & Society, Education, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Opera, Sociology  |   Run Time - 52 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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As conceived and shot by Christian Dumais-Lvowski and Don Kent, this documentary marks one of a very few to provide rare insights into operatic education in China. The film enters the Beijing Opera School, carrying the audience through a "typical day for students" that includes performances; rehearsals; makeup lessons; courses in music, acrobatics and dance; and much more. What emerges is a portrait of an educational system so rigid and hyper-disciplined that it could give American military academies a run for their money.



China, Chinese [nationality], education, opera