Face changing is a special technique used in the art of Sichuan opera to shape characters. It is a romantic technique to reveal the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters in the play.
According to legend, “face changing” is what ancient humans used when they faced ferocious beasts. In order to survive, they used different ways to outline their faces to scare away the invading beasts. Sichuan opera puts “face changing” on the stage and uses wonderful techniques to make it a unique art.
The most magical thing about “face changing” is that a variety of styles are changed in a short period of time. Facial expressions, whether happy, angry, sad, happy, surprised or sad, can be changed in an instant, enabling the actors to express the inner ups and downs of the characters in the play more vividly through the transformation of facial features.