Classical Chinese opera has existed for over 250 years, starting about the same time, more or less, as the beginnings of Italian opera. Unlike Italian opera, which is really a sung drama, Chinese opera is a mixture of high-pitched singing, acting, clowning, acrobatics and kung fu, with many unique conventions such as masks, face-painting, minimalist stage setting, and elaborate costumes giving no regard to different dynasties in China’s history. It relies upon the audience’s own imagination and understanding to fill the gaps. Because of the sheer number of Chinese worldwide, naturally commands a much larger audience overseas than at home.
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In UK, attendance at Performing Arts functions is as Table 1 (All ages)
Table 1 : Attendance at Performing Arts events (UK base of 2,010 adults aged 15+) | % | | | Any performance art-goer | 42 | Musical | 23 | Play | 19 | Pantomime | 11 | Ballet/dance | 6 | Opera | 4 | Other | 4 | None of these | 58 |
TCOC conducts Chinese opera workshops for teachers, summer camps for students, artists at campus, as well as the unique “Performing Arts train” programme (“either you come to see a show, or we’ll bring the show to you”). It has also issued a DVD series entitled “Surprises in the Peking Opera”.
In UK, the issues surrounding World Music, - that aspect of the Performing Arts that include Chinese Opera, are the same as for all Performing Arts in the UK. Consumer spending continues to be under pressure in the face of depressed levels of disposable income, up and down consumer confidence and a weak economy set to undergo massive public spending cuts.
Demographic trends are generally moving in a positive direction for the performing arts industry, with predicted increases in number of 45-54s, ABs and third agers, who are all important customers for this market.
Growing broadband penetration in the UK is offering performing arts organisations a number of opportunities to develop closer relationships with their customer base, as well as making it easier for people to buy tickets to performances.