Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - Drama - 348 pages
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This work gives an 'inside' view of Chinese theatre and the actor in performance for the first time. It challenges western theatre artists such as Brecht, Grotowski, Barba and Schechner, who have extracted from Chinese theatre elements which might enrich their own theatres. It is based on personal observations of and dialogue with Chinese actors, experiences which were impossible before 1980. Riley's 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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Contents

Biao I Appearance
54
Duan To sever
85
Shenfen Identity
137
Qi Presence
206
He To unify
237
Yuan Round
283
Conclusion
314
Glossary of Chinese terms
320
List of Chinese works
329
List of works in western languages
336
Index
344
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