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Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance

Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035231

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  • This work gives an 'inside' view of Chinese theatre and the actor in performance. In doing so it also challenges Western theatre artists such as Brecht, Grotowski, Barba and Schechner, who have extracted from Chinese theatre elements which might enrich their own theatres. Jo Riley writes from her personal observations of, and dialogue with, Chinese actors and her first-hand experiences of the theatre world of China in general, none of which was possible before 1980. She uses not only jingju (so misrepresented as Peking opera) but also exorcism, puppet theatre and ancient animation rites at the tomb to provide models for exploring the process of creating presence on the Chinese stage. Her study is well illustrated with photographs and diagrams and is accessible to anyone interested in theatre, even those with no knowledge of Chinese or Chinese theatre.

    • A study based on first-hand experience in China not possible before 1980
    • Accessible to anyone interested in theatre - does not require knowledge of Chinese or Chinese theatre
    • Well illustrated with photographs and diagrams
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035231
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.544kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction
    1. Jia (Family)
    2. Biao (Appearance)
    3. Duan (To sever)
    4. Shenfen (Identity)
    5. Yang (Life)
    6. Qi (Presence)
    7. He (To unify)
    8. Yuan (Round)
    The Chinese dynasties
    Glossary of Chinese terms
    List of Chinese characters
    List of Chinese works
    List of works in Western languages
    Index.

  • Author

    Jo Riley

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