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Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance : Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre - Jo Riley

Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance

Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

By: Jo Riley

Hardcover Published: 18th April 2009
ISBN: 9780521570909
Number Of Pages: 364

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This work gives an 'inside' view of Chinese theatre and the actor in performance for the first time. 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.

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"Riley presents an insider's view of jinju, enabling the reader tp see it as Chinese spectators do. Graduate and research collections." Choice

List of illustrations
Jia (Family)
Biao (Appearance)
Duan (To sever)
Shenfen (Identity)
Yang (Life)
Qi (Presence)
He (To unify)
Yuan (Round)
The Chinese dynasties
Glossary of Chinese terms
List of Chinese characters
List of Chinese works
List of works in Western languages
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ISBN: 9780521570909
ISBN-10: 0521570905
Series: Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 18th April 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.71