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<i>Antigone</i> Interculturated in Tainan of Southern Taiwan

Dongshin Chang

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0007

Series: Classical Presences

Antigone Interculturated in Tainan of Southern Taiwan

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This chapter talks about a 2001 performance of Antigone in lyrical Taiwanese — the language used in Taiwan before Mandarin was mandated as the national language — at the historic Koxinga shrine. A masked chorus sang and danced using rhymed quatrains and the seven-word lines common in Taiwanese folklore. Drawing in part on Taiwanese rituals and practices, and substituting local gods for Greek in a number of instances, this production was one of a number of productions by the company Tainan Jen Theatre that aimed to communicate Western theatre to local audiences while at the same time enhancing the status of local traditions by putting them center stage.

Keywords: Greek tragedy; remaking; theatre; classics; Sophocles; Taiwanese theatre; Antigone; Taiwanese; Koxinga shrine; Jen Theatre

Chapter.  3041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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