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Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution

Xing Fan


This book offers a close examination of the artistry and aesthetics in model jingju. The author contextualizes model jingju by tracing its trajectory of political interaction from the 1930s to the 1970s and in modern jingju’s gradual rise to the pinnacle of socialist culture construction in the PRC. This study features detailed analyses of the five major artistic components of model jingju’s final productions—playwriting, acting, music, design, and directing, paying close attention to how each is associated with traditional practices while also contributing to innovative experiments. The autho ... More

Keywords: model Beijing opera, Cultural Revolution, jingju, aesthetics, playwriting, acting, music, design, directing, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9789888455812
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888455812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xing Fan, author
Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.