Chinese face-changing also called “Bia Lian” is a crucial aspect of the Chinese Sichuan opera. The performance entails performers changing their faces in front of your very eyes on stage to tell a story or perform a skit.
A performer will change his face multiple times by waving his arms and slowly twisting his head. Each exoctic mask expresses an emotion which ranges from joy to anger and sorrow, all of which is part of the story telling experience. Though because emotions can change in the blink of an eye the performer can swift through multiple masks in mere seconds…so you’ll need to keep a close eye on him.