Every culture has its own folklore along with their own traditional form of telling those tales to both young and old. For the Chinese these tales are usually presented in the form of Quyi, a story telling art form that blends speaking and singing as its main form of expression.
Most forms of Quyi usually involve one or two performers who use their speaking and singing talent to engage their audience. While their performances often tell of Chinese folklore, the most popular are comical dialogues.
This folk art evolved on the basis of ancient folk jokes and originated in Beijing and Tianjin over a century ago. It’s a form of artistic presentation by means of talking, imitation, teasing, and singing. The jokes are skillfully hidden in the dialogues and are used at the right time to reveal the meaning!
As Quyi have been performed over several centuries of Chinese civilisation, the form has evolved to take on many different forms. It is said that there are around 400 types of Quyi that varies between regions and ethnic groups in China today. One of the more popular – and closely related – forms of Quyi is the Chinese Opera, which is accompanied with some theatrical performance and routines.
Get yourself acquainted with this ancient Chinese art of comic performances before you head to China, or even Taiwan! You are guaranteed to laugh incessantly!
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