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Introduction

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to present the history and music of Shanghai opera to students and scholars of ethnomusicology. Chinese music, despite being ... More


Place and Music: Local Opera in Shanghai, 1912–49

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter develops the historical consideration of Shanghai opera begun in Chapter 1, looking now at huju in mid-20th-century Shanghai. Other than the appearance of female performers, in the ... More


The Rise of a Local Opera form in east China, up to 1920

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Scholars of Shanghai opera accord their tradition, huju, a history of some two centuries or more, typically describing its rise in terms of a development from local traditions of folk song to ... More


Female Roles and the Rise of Actresses, 1915–c. 1950

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

A central element of the history of huju in the 20th century is the emergence of female performers: this in a tradition formerly dominated by men, some of whom impersonated female roles. This chapter ... More


Huju: Traditional Opera in Modern Shanghai

Jonathan P. J. Stock

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262733
eISBN:
9780191734502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

China has over three hundred distinct styles of music drama, from exorcism theatre to farce, historical romance, and shadow puppetry. This study considers one of the newer operatic forms. Established ... More


How Chinese Theatre Solves Theatrical Problems

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter provides an outline on the development of Chinese opera. It sets up the terms of reference for the following chapters.


Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Siu Wang-Ngai

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Chinese opera embraces over 360 different styles of theatre that make one of the richest performance arts in the world. It combines music, speech, poetry, mime, acrobatics, stage fighting, vivid ... More


Using Stage Movement

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter deals with pure movement that does not rely upon props. It discuses both conventional mime movements and acrobatics on the Chinese stage.


Using Props

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter demonstrates how props common to Chinese stage craft are used. It includes the horsewhip which represents an entire horse, paddles which represent boats, the fan and furniture.


Culture in Common: Intersecting European, Javanese, and Chinese Art Worlds

Matthew Isaac Cohen

in Inventing the Performing Arts: Modernity and Tradition in Colonial Indonesia

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824855567
eISBN:
9780824868710
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824855567.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

The constituent ethnic groups of nineteenth-century Indonesia shared arts – remaking them as what Raymond Williams called “culture in common.” European arts, including drama and music, promoted a ... More


Chinatown Opera Theater in North America

Nancy Yunhwa Rao

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040566
eISBN:
9780252099007
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040566.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera

In this expansive project, Nancy Yunhwa Rao examines the world of Chinatown theaters, focusing on iconic theaters in San Francisco and New York but also tracing the transnational networks and ... More


Using Costumes

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses actors' use of costume as stage technique. Items in this chapter include headgear, feathers, robes, sleeves and beards.


Organizing the Village

Kate Merkel-Hess

in The Rural Modern: Reconstructing the Self and State in Republican China

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226383279
eISBN:
9780226383309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226383309.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Like reformers in many other places around the world, early twentieth century Chinese intellectuals believed rural China was disorganized, a state of being that was unnatural and the direct result of ... More


Using Weapons and Skills for Stage Fighting

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter outlines fighting skills and the use of various weapons in stage battles. These weapons include spears, swords, polearms, maces, and bows and arrows.


Chen Yi, Symphony No. 2 (1993)

Nancy Yunhwa Rao

in Analytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Concert Music from 1960-2000

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190236861
eISBN:
9780190236892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190236861.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, Western, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Musical gestures play an important role in the process of spiritual transformation in Chen Yi’s Symphony No. 2 (1998), which was written in commemoration of her father’s recent passing. Chen Yi uses ... More


Using Special Skills

Siu Wang-Ngai and Peter Lovrick

in Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9789888208265
eISBN:
9789888268252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208265.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses the use of special skills found in particular regional operas. It includes face-changing skills found in the Sichuan opera, techniques used by the clown and other skills.


Conclusion

Wing Chung Ng

in The Rise of Cantonese Opera

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039119
eISBN:
9780252097096
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039119.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. This study constructed a three-part narrative to chronicle the rise of Cantonese opera. At the outset, much information ... More


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