By Daphne P. Lei (auth.)
Bringing the research of chinese language theatre into the 21st-century, Lei discusses ways that conventional paintings can live to tell the tale and thrive within the age of modernization and globalization. development on her prior paintings, this new publication makes a speciality of numerous varieties of chinese language 'opera' in destinations round the Pacific Rim, together with Hong Kong, Taiwan and California.
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By choosing this program design, Guoguang deliberately diluted the elite flavor of jingju and co-opted popular knowledge for mainstream theatre. The costume of Mazu followed the design of her temple statue, with gaudy red and gold as major hues. The staging also featured special effects, such as the use of a fog machine and colored lighting to emphasize the supernatural effect. All these design decisions corresponded to notions of the tu and the popular. They made for familiar imagery, deeply rooted in people’s beliefs and close to the aesthetics of 38 Alternative Chinese Opera the local Taiwan drama, gezaixi, which is often seen performed outdoors as part of temple celebrations.
The dichotomy between “in” and “out,” or “green” and “blue” is based on a very loosely constructed pair of equations. ” Naturally there are many gray areas, such as the population of children of mixed marriages. Certain people of the younger “born-in-Taiwan” generation who have no real connection with either the February 28 trauma or with mainland China would also like to leave behind the Innovative Jingju in Taiwan 27 historical wound of 1947. Some latecomers of 1949 were Hoklo speakers and could assimilate among the bensheng locals more easily than other Mainlanders because of their linguistic advantage.
In other words, their experimentation focused more on form than on content. As a result, Taiwan did not cultivate a good environment for modernizing jingju or creating new jingju as it maintained tradition. By contrast, in mainland China, drama reform was carried out in a sweeping manner under the Communist Party. As early as 1942, the reform policy was clear: jingju should discard the dregs of feudalism and express socialist ideology in the service of the people. 42 One major consequence of these reforms is that mainland China has cultivated many talents who are both politically sensitive and artistically competent in the production of quality modern jingju plays on the grand scale.
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