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Xing Fan

in Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

The author refutes the flawed assumption that artistry was sacrificed to politics, or that there is not much art left, in model works. The author situates the study of model jingju at the ... More


Model Jingju as Pinnacle of Cultural Reconstruction

Xing Fan

in Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Time: fall 1963 to 1976. China saw an increasingly intense struggle over literature and art, with modern jingju as a primary battlefield. The 1964 Festival of Modern Jingju Performances for Emulation ... More


Eyes on Jingju

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This section discusses Jingju, which literally means “Beijing drama”, and is the Chinese word for the theatrical genre known in the West as “Peking/Beijing Opera”. It defines jingju as a total ... More


Jingju:: Formation, Growth and the First Reform

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses the process of jingju's formation that generated its unbounded capacity to accommodate different styles of dialect, song, music, and acting convention. It elucidates jingju's ... More


Training a Total Performer:: Four Skills and Five Canons

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter focuses on the learning process which will offer a social and theatrical context for the further investigation of jingju performances. It discusses the importance of “basic techniques” ... More


Li Yuru —: The Jingju Tradition and Communist Ideology

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines how a child dan star in the Republic was transformed through the Communist Theatre Reform into “a people's artist”. It further examines how a young actress managed to be ... More


Yan Qinggu —: Staging the Ugly and the Beautiful in the Millennium

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses how jingju coped with a shrinking audience and a fast-changing world since China adopted its open-door policy and started its economic reforms. It describes the comic character ... More


Kuo Hsiao-chuang —: A Theatre That “Belongs to Tradition, Modernity and to You and Me”

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines why jingju was crowned as “guoju” (national drama) and became deeply interwoven with the whole problem of Taiwanese identity. It determines how an individual young actress ... More


Wu Hsing-kuo —: Subversion or Innovation?

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses the first experiment combining jingju and a Western work. It notes that in 1986, seven years after Kuo Hsiao-chuang and her Elegant Voice first assailed jingju circles, Wu ... More


New Beginnings or the Beginning of the End?

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622099944
eISBN:
9789882207394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter provides a brief recap of the previous chapters which reminds the reader of jingju's capacity for reform, although the tradition that the genre inherited from pre-existent genres remains ... More


Modern Jingju in Years of Uncertainty

Xing Fan

in Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Time: summer of 1956 to late 1963. As China went through numerous political movements, the nation’s economy and culture fluctuated as the government readjusted policies from one position to another ... More


Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Xing Fan

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book offers a close examination of the artistry and aesthetics in model jingju. The author contextualizes model jingju by tracing its trajectory of political interaction from the 1930s to the ... More


Jingju at Yan’an

Xing Fan

in Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

Time: October 1935 to March 1947. Jingju at Yan’an is examined in the context of the CCP’s vision of a new democratic culture, as articulated in Mao Zedong’s “On New Democracy” and “Talks at the ... More


Jingju during the Xiqu Reform

Xing Fan

in Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9789888455812
eISBN:
9789888455164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

Time: late 1948 to roughly 1956. Jingju went through comprehensive changes during the Xiqu Reform, one of the first major campaigns that the CCP initiated in the drive to construct a new democratic ... More


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