By Daphne P. Lei

ISBN-10: 023024565X

ISBN-13: 9780230245655

Bringing the examine of chinese language theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways that conventional artwork can live on and thrive within the age of modernization and globalization. development on her prior paintings, this new ebook makes a speciality of numerous sorts of chinese language "opera" in destinations round the Pacific Rim, together with Hong Kong, Taiwan and California.

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The notion of modernity itself forms concentric circles around the empty core of the imagined traditional point of origin; modernizing jingju is an act of performing zero. In this chapter, I divide Taiwan’s modern jingju roughly and practically into two groups: “Early new jingju” refers to experimentations from the 1970s through the1990s, while “Innovative Jingju” refers to a bolder approach adopted at the turn of the new millennium. A Early new jingju After 1975, the annual drama competition shifted its emphasis to newly created plays.

On the other hand, domestic artistic groups have had to compete with foreign groups for performance venues and resources. As Taipei became a more and more vibrant center for world arts, the environment for jingju became harsher and harsher. 2 The resurfacing of “home” in jingju After nearly fifty years of separation, original memories of “home” are blurry. Jingju, a residual memory, has grown with the government’s nurturing into something different from the original. Beijing-styled jingju plays have been reimagined and reconstructed on the basis of fading memories and under the constraints imposed by limited resources.

But the fate of jingju was different. Not only did jingju survive the difficult period of transition, it even flourished for a few decades not in spite of, but because of political instability. 23 Support for jingju may have leached precious resources from other art forms, but without the ideological drive that characterized a period of uncertainty, Taiwan might have stabilized its defenses and its economy only to end up with a cultural desert. C Cultural Restoration vs. Cultural Revolution The KMT government in exile was soon up on its feet and contemplating the future of the ROC in Taiwan.

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