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The Soul of Beijing OperaTheatrical Creativity and Continuity in the Changing World$
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Ruru Li

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099944

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099944.001.0001

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Li Yuru —

Li Yuru —

The Jingju Tradition and Communist Ideology

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The Soul of Beijing Opera

Eugenio Barba

Hong Kong University Press

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

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