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Performances of Nanxi

Nanxi, the earliest example of the many Chinese theatre forms known as xiqu-Peking opera is the best-known example-rose in the twelfth century and disappeared in the sixteenth. Despite the difficulty of resurrecting this long-forgotten form, modern scholarship has accomplished much in the effort... Full description

1st Person: Sun, Mei
Source: in Asian theatre journal Vol. 13, No. 2 (1996), p. 141-166
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 1996
Keywords: research-article
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Summary: Nanxi, the earliest example of the many Chinese theatre forms known as xiqu-Peking opera is the best-known example-rose in the twelfth century and disappeared in the sixteenth. Despite the difficulty of resurrecting this long-forgotten form, modern scholarship has accomplished much in the effort to understand it, especially following the 1920 discovery of many nanxi scripts. This article examines this scholarship and tell us what is now known of nanxi, including its music, prosody, role types, acting, makeup, and props. Mei Sun, who holds a Ph. D. from the University of Hawai'i, teaches in the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore.
Item Description: Copyright: Copyright 1996 University of Hawai'i Press
Physical Description: Online-Ressource
ISSN: 1527-2109

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