By SAM RAPPAPORT
On February 17, an exhibition showcasing the colorful costumes of the Imperial Peking Opera will open at Flushing Town Hall.
The opening ceremony for “The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume” will take place at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., and will feature Peking Opera performers in full makeup and dressed in traditional costumes.
The Peking Opera is largely recognized as the preeminent theater in China. It is known also as the Imperial Theater since emperors and queens were deeply involved with the productions throughout the Qing Dynasty.
The intricate and vibrant costumes of the Peking Opera are considered a major achievement in the realm of theater art, and the exhibition will present carefully selected pieces from an assortment of the most famous episodes in Peking Opera. All of the costumes are designed to reflect the social status, personality and psychological demeanor of the characters. The exhibition will pay special attention to the interpretation of this relationship between the character and the display of colors, symbols and designs on the characters’ costumes.
The gallery hours for this new exhibition will be on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Those interested in taking a tour of the exhibition on weekdays may do so by scheduling an appointment at (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.
New York City residents will have three weeks to grab a peak at the famous costumes before the exhibition shuts down on March 11. While the exhibition is free to the public, Flushing Town Hall suggests a donation of $5.
For more information on Flushing Town Hall and “The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume,” visit www.flushingtownhall.org.
Reach reporter Sam Rappaport at email@example.com or by phone at (718) 357-7400, ext. 123.