New Beginnings or the Beginning of the End?

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:
New Beginnings or the Beginning of the End?

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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 strong. It notes that Chinese history since the mid-nineteenth century has required jingju, like literature and other arts in China, to respond repeatedly to the need for change, development, and openness to outside influences. From the mid-twentieth century onwards, this process was exacerbated as a consequence of Mao's doctrine of “breaking up the old to establish the new” and the rival policies in Taiwan. It further notes that the complex nature of jingju and its adaptability give this study a dual identity: it analyzes jingju's history and performance art, but also critiques the contemporary situation. It provides clues to and determines the new challenges facing the performers and jingju.

Keywords: jingju; reform; Chinese history; Mao; Taiwan; performance art

Chapter.  3501 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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