Dep. of Taiwanese Opera - 國立臺灣戲曲學院
Dep. of Taiwanese Opera

 Taiwanese Opera is the only opera form that was created and developed exclusively on the island of Taiwan. It originated in a performance style called luo di sao,which can be roughly translated into English as "sweeping the ground," and eventually came to encompass outdoor field performances, indoor stage performances, movie and television operas, and more refined modern stage performances. Taiwanese Opera has kept up with the times, and has continually played an important role in folk culture and arts activities. Furthermore, it is an opera form that is both flexible and popular in nature. While the lyrics are carefully composed to include both rhyme and verbal parallelism (often found in classical Chinese poetry), it is still easily understood by common audiences. Through the years, the flexible nature of Taiwanese Opera has enabled it to absorb aspects of other opera styles. This can be seen in the movement, costumes, plays, scenery, and props of Taiwanese Opera, which have been influenced by Peking Opera, Luan-tan plays ("disorder" plays which are dramatic tunes played with a few different instruments), Gao-jia plays, etc. These contributions to Taiwanese Opera have enriched it and made it a distinct opera form.

NTJCPA Department of Taiwanese Opera is the only professional Department of Taiwanese Opera on the island, and has the mission of training well rounded performing artists who can combine a traditional spirit with modern creative concepts. Aside from training in the vocational aspects of Taiwanese Opera, Students are also given a background in theory, dance forms, history, performance creation, theater management, basic music theory, and other general courses. The hope is that students can perform Taiwanese Opera in other countries and guide it into the next century, thereby giving it the exposure it so deserves.


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