Photo shoot at an official event for Mid Autumn Festival celeration. The mask changing show is one of the cultural show that I like.
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Bian Lian (simplified Chinese: 变脸; traditional Chinese: 變臉; pinyin: Biàn Liǎn; literally "Face-Changing") is an ancient Chinese dramatic art that is part of the more general Sichuan opera. Performers wear brightly colored costumes and move to quick, dramatic music. They also wear vividly colored masks, which they change within a fraction of a second.
The face changing, or "bian lian" in Chinese, is an important aspect of Chinese Sichuan opera. Performers wave their arms and twist their heads, and their painted masks change repeatedly.
Famed Sichuan Opera performer Wang Daozheng in a 2006 interview said the secret of "bian lian" leaked out during the 1986 visit of a Sichuan Opera troupe to Japan. Wang laments the leak of this Chinese traditional secret performance art and is concerned the foreign performers in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and other countries are not well-trained. Wang argues that "bian lian" is one of the traditional arts protected by PRC secrecy laws but PRC Ministry of Culture officials said that that is not true.
Recently, Hong Kong pop star Andy Lau learned this secret art from skilled masters by paying them about 3,000,000 yuan (360,000), much to the chagrin of other old experts. Andy Lau only learned how to do the trick, but has not yet mastered it. This secret has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. In fact only males are permitted to learn Bian Lian. The old way of thinking was that women do not stay within the family and would marry out, increasing the risk the secret would be passed to another family. Therefore the art is technically forbidden to women. A Malaysian Chinese girl named Candy Chong has recently become a popular performer after learning it from her father.
Bian Lian is rarely seen performed in the United States because foreigners are not permitted to learn the art form. American Magician Dan Chan is one of a handful of performers who perform Bian Lian in the United States. Dan has been featured on Chinese newspapers, radio and television discussing Chinese culture and variety arts in China. Juliana Chen introduced her card manipulation on a World's Greatest Magic TV special with a brief black light performance of Bian Lian. Michael Stroud, creator of the long-running Magique Bazaar theater show, is the first professional magician to bring it to the US after a cultural exchange with China.
Source : Wikipedia
Youtube : Video - Face Changing
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papagolf21 (101008) 2011-09-19 0:42
Bonjour, chère Ally,
Félicitations pour la réussite de cet exercice très difficile à réaliser.
L'ambiance générale est parfaitement reproduite.
Merci également pour la note d'accompagnement ainsi que la photo présentée en atelier.
pajaran (60113) 2011-09-19 2:43
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o jednoj tradiciji ...
Dobar snimak i prikaz lepim bojama i fotografijom.
Dobar rad i trenutak za vreme izvodjenja predstave, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very interesting and good article about a tradition ...
Good shot and nice color display and a photo.
Good work and the moment during the performance shows, beautiful images in the workshop.
All the best in the new week that started.
jmdias (63998) 2011-09-19 3:05
it is difficult to take nice images from a scene in a dark place and in movement;. nice this shot, good sense of opportunity, good light and sharpness.
kato (11630) 2011-09-19 8:12
You're capturing well this event stage by a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive and enjoyable to see comical face changing show. Probably many masks will be prepared. It's interesting that kanji and english is mixed for explanation. And, entire color is harmonized well to enliven a show, too.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-09-19 10:09
excellent management of light and color, the photo of the original festival this autumn.
congratulations and good week
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-09-19 11:36
Ola Ally ,
Interessante esta tua foto neste festival de outono com estes atores , gostei das cores fortes , bons detalhes, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
dip (23888) 2011-09-20 0:01
nice capture of the scene,beautiful vivid colors,good lighting!
pierrefonds (65898) 2011-09-20 15:19
You have captured well the action of the artists. the point of view is showing the details and colors of their clothing. The light of the flash has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
yeln (11516) 2011-09-20 22:45
odlično ujet trenutek, poln močnih barv in barvnih kontrastov. ostrina je dobra celo odlična za teke pogoje. lepo delo in zanimiv "note". TFS!
lep dan, vojko
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-21 0:38
Nice, interesting, well coloured and impressive shot. The framing is very efficience and the details and the attitudes well collected. Good managment of an indoor light too.
humayun (2991) 2011-09-21 6:44
nice image ang good color.........
pov is good also.......
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-09-21 7:00
interesting show and you showed it to us in a nice way. Like the colourful and illuminated background with the activities on the stage. Excellent catch. The note is also very interesting as well. Very well done. Tfs.
TopGeo (38216) 2011-09-21 9:46
interesting show with excellent capture Perfect knowledge of art a way unknown My Good idea The note is also very interesting as well. Very well done.
abmdsudi (53693) 2011-09-21 21:58
Obviously fun looking, they look like they`re enjoying themselves in the bright costumes and the masks. A delightful image, the evident enjoyment of these people in their music i think is hard to describe, where the sound had to be heard to be believed. Superb picture in vibrant colours, well detailed and you've certainly brought the vibrancy and energy of the festival atmosphere across well in this photo. Well done, Congrats
Urs (14082) 2011-09-22 0:07
I know better, but when looking at your shot what I saw first was Captain Jack Sparrow of the pirates of the Caribbean fame. The Chinese actor looks very similar... Your photograph has vibrant colour hues with high sharpness. Well done
sacimar (26205) 2011-09-24 4:33
This seems to be an interesting festival, I like the images you present, good colors and details, it's a different picture, well seen,
ChrisJ (113309) 2011-09-25 23:05
The hot vs cold colours of pink & blue contrast against one another superbly, in this interesting & pinpoint sharp shot. Good lighting contrasts & saturation. Terima kasih banyak!
fabianoleite (11529) 2011-10-01 14:50
Interesting costume show, full of colors and nice details, good to see part of the culture. Good work, congratulations!
pablominto (53746) 2011-10-01 23:30
The scene is well depicted, and I notice the excellent note to explain this colourful tradition!
Seems like you found a fine point of view for your photography, often that is a problem in situations like this...
Well framed, fine colour reproduction!
jemaflor (96835) 2011-10-05 11:56
Well taken, spontaneous view and beautiful colors, light capture is well managed,, tfs.
fotka (4369) 2011-10-08 9:17
It is an eye catcher because strong vivid colors of the photo. Great scene from Mid Autumn Festival. Superb colors, light, sharpness and note.
Kielia (24077) 2011-10-11 5:43
a very fascinating image with a fantastic mood - and a great impression of the artist, very thoroughly composed with an excellent management of the light. My compliments! I also enjoyed reading the interesting notes.
Didi (60588) 2011-11-19 10:16
Very good show composition with a very good control of the lights.
Only the sound is missing :)
mirosu (16129) 2013-08-08 5:17
This is an excellent detail photo with very nice neon colors, perfect light, very good clarity. Well done. Greetings, Miro