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The Soul of Beijing Opera: Theatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World

Ruru Li


Any traditional theatre has to engage the changing world to avoid becoming a living fossil. How has Beijing Opera — a highly stylized theatre with breath-taking acrobatics and martial arts, fabulous costumes and striking makeup — survived into the new millennium while coping with a century of great upheavals and competition from new entertainment forms? This book answers that question, looking at the evolution of singing and performance styles, make-up and costume, audience demands, as well as stage and street presentation modes amid tumultuous social and political changes. The author's study ... More

Keywords: Beijing Opera, competition, evolution, political changes, China, Taiwan, Communist ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789622099944
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruru Li, author