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Author Li, Ruru
Title Soul of Beijing Opera : Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World
Imprint Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2010
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Note Intro -- Contents -- List of Figures and Plates -- Foreword Two Pairs of Eyes -- Author's Words -- Prologue Eyes on Jingju -- 1 Jingju: Formation, Growth and the First Reform -- 2 Training a Total Performer: Four Skills and Five Canons -- 3 Cheng Yanqiu - Masculinity and Femininity -- Color Photos -- 4 Li Yuru - The Jingju Tradition and Communist Ideology -- 5 Ma Yongan- A Painted-Face Role Type and a Non-Painted-Face Character -- 6 Yan Qinggu - Staging the Ugly and the Beautiful in the Millennium -- 7 Kuo Hsiao-chuang -- A Theatre That "Belongs to Tradition, Modernity and to You and Me" -- 8 Wu Hsing-kuo - Subversion or Innovation? -- Epilogue New Beginnings or the Beginning of the End? -- Appendix 1A Chronology -- Appendix 1B -- Appendix 2 Main Features of Jingju Role Types -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Any traditional theatre has to engage the changing world to avoid becoming a living fossil. How has Beijing opera -- a highly stylized theatre with breath-taking acrobatics and martial arts, fabulous costumes, and striking makeup -- survived into the new millennium while coping with a century of great upheavals and competition from new entertainment forms? Li Ruru's The Soul of Beijing Opera answers that question, looking at the evolution of singing and performance styles, make-up and costume, audience demands, as well as stage and street presentation modes amid tumultuous social and political changes. --Li's study follows a number of major artists' careers in mainland China and Taiwan, drawing on extensive primary print sources as well as personal interviews with performers and their cultural peers. One chapter focuses on the illustrious career of Li's own mother and how she adapted to changes in Communist ideology. In addition, she explores how performers as social beings have responded to conflicts between tradition and modernity, and between convention and innovation. Through performers' negotiation and compromises, Beijing opera has undergone constant re-examination of its inner artistic logic and adjusted to the demands of the external world. --Li Ruru is senior lecturer in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Shashibiya: Staging Shakespeare in China
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Li, Ruru Soul of Beijing Opera : Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press,c2010 9789622099944
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