Nuo Opera

Culture

Nuo Opera

by Live in Guizhou


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Nuo Opera, a traditional folk art form that originated in Guizhou’s Tongren City, combines dance, drama, music, and religious ritual. It is believed to have originated over 2,000 years ago in the Han Dynasty, and has strengthened and developed over time. The word “nuo” means “to drive away evil spirits” and the opera is often associated with spiritual practices. Nuo Opera has been recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

It is typically performed during significant festivals and celebrations, such as the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, and the Dragon Boat Festival. The performances are often held in temples, and the performers wear colorful masks and costumes. Masks are an essential element of opera, and are believed to have the power to exorcise evil spirits and bring good luck.

The performances are accompanied by traditional music, including drums, gongs, and cymbals, and often feature dance and acrobatic elements. The stories told in Nuo Opera are often based on myths and are rich in symbolism and meaning. Opera is believed to have the power to protect against diseases and natural disasters, and is an important part of traditional Chinese culture.