Li Yuru —

Eugenio Barba

in The Soul of Beijing Opera

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099944
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207394 | DOI:
Li Yuru —

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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 original when facing the further refinement of the dan performance art after the Four Great Dan, and how she negotiated between a strong theatrical tradition and a formidable ideology. It notes that in 2007, Li Yuru was one of the four recipients of the Great Achievement in Performing Arts awarded by the All-China Association of Literature and Arts, honouring her contribution to jingju stage work and her recent research on acting in the genre.

Keywords: child dan; Communist Theatre Reform; theatrical tradition; Four Great Dan; Li Yuru; jingju

Chapter.  16260 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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