The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre
"The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre provides an overall description of the theatrical arts that have evolved in Asia and Oceania over the course of 2000 years, and the performances that exist in this region today. Ancient, highly developed, richly diverse, these theatrical arts are an integral part of life for many people in Asia. From Pakistan in the west, through India and Southeast Asia to China, Korea and Japan in the east, this book traces the development of theatre in 20 countries in fascinating and illuminating detail." "Asian theatrical arts have evolved a diversity of forms - such as bunraku or krishnattam, Beijing opera or kabuki - each reflecting the unique language, religious views, social structures and daily lives of the people. Over a hundred of the most important of these genres have been gathered in this book, clearly presented in alphabetical order within the relevant country sections." "In the introduction, Professor Brandon looks at the breath-taking sweep of Asian and Oceanic theatrical history, pointing to the distinctiveness of theatre in each country but also tracing the commonalities that arose from similarities of race and ethnicity, religion and politics, language and literary traditions." "Entries on the most significant actors, playwrights, and directors from the past to the present are highlighted in panels. A select bibliography concludes each country chapter. Cross-references within each chapter enable the reader to find a fuller explanation of actor or genre where necessary." "The Cambridge Guide to Asian Theatre will be an indispensable tool not only for students of drama, dance or Asian studies, but also for those who are actively engaged in the theatre, or who live or travel in Asia."--Jacket.
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Index of Artists and Genres
19th century actors actresses artists arts Asaita Asian audience Bali Balinese bangsawan became Beijing opera Buddhist bunraku Cambodia chanting characters China Chinese classical clown contemporary costumes court culture dalang dance drama dancers Danjuro developed dialogue director drum early entertainment epic female festivals film genre Hong Kong improvised India indigenous Indonesia Japan Japanese Jataka jatra Java Javanese kabuki kathakali Khmer king Korean Krishna Kuchipudi kunqu kutiyattam kyogen lakon likay Mahabharata major mak yong Malay Malaysia male mance masked dance ment modern drama modern theatre movement musicians nang nang yai Natyasastra performance players plays playwright popular productions puppet theatre purwa Rama Ramayana region religious repertory ritual roles Sanskrit scenes shadow shingeki singers singing social songs spectators spirit spoken drama stage story style Sundanese temple Thai Thailand theatre company theatre forms theatrical Tian Han tion topeng traditional theatre troupes urban village wayang Western yakshagana zaju
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