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Towards a modern Zen theatre : Gao Xingjian and Chinese theatre experimentalism

Author: Yiheng Zhao; University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies.
Publisher: London : School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000.
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"Chinese Experimental Theatre has been a powerful art movement since its conception in 1981. Within the Movement, Gao Xingjian has been the most important and consistently productive playwright in modern Chinese theatre, and this current study aims to illustrate all the key issues within Chinese Experimental Theatre by concentrating on his work, and by comparing Gao's drama aesthetic with 20th century Western  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Zhao, Yiheng.
Towards a modern Zen theatre.
London : School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2000
(OCoLC)606496555
Named Person: Xingjian Gao; Xingjian Gao
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Yiheng Zhao; University of London. School of Oriental and African Studies.
ISBN: 0728603179 9780728603172
OCLC Number: 45439868
Description: x, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Experimental theatre in China, the movement and subsequent developments --
Criticism vs. creative writing, 1 vs. Gao Xingjian --
The three stages of Gao Xingjian's writing career --
pt. 1. Theoretical problems in the Chinese experimental theatre movement --
The scratch line --
Who is afraid of experimental theatre? --
Theatricism --
Hypotheticality --
Gao Xingjian's theory of 'triplication' --
The ideal of Xieyi theatre --
pt. 2. Explorative/socially-committed plays --
Absolute signal --
Bus stop --
Five short plays --
Wild man --
The predicament of the movement, and comparisons with Taiwan and Hong Kong --
Escape --
pt. 3. Mythological/ritual plays --
The novel Soul mountain --
Necropolis --
Tale of mountains and seas --
Ritualization --
pt. 4. Zen/Xieyi plays --
All it takes is one step --
The other shore --
The freedom of not selling antiques --
The novella Momentary and the monologue play Between life and death --
Dialogue and rebuttal --
Nocturnal wanderer --
The Peking opera Snow in August --
pt. 5. A unique theatre aesthetic --
Zen in Chinese art --
Theatre meta-sensibility --
Dramatic I/dramatic she, subjectivity in Zen --
Plain language --
How to surmount the language hurdle --
The place of modern Zen theatre in world drama --
Appendix 1. A checklist of the publications, translations and performances of Gao Xingjian's major works --
Appendix 2. Gao Xingjian's books in Chinese original --
Appendix 3. Critical works on Gao Xingjian --
Appendix 4. Reference works.
Responsibility: Henry Y.H. Zhao.

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"Chinese Experimental Theatre has been a powerful art movement since its conception in 1981. Within the Movement, Gao Xingjian has been the most important and consistently productive playwright in modern Chinese theatre, and this current study aims to illustrate all the key issues within Chinese Experimental Theatre by concentrating on his work, and by comparing Gao's drama aesthetic with 20th century Western theatre experimentalism." "One of the most distinctive contributions that Gao Xingjian has made in his recent works is to incorporate Zen into modern theatrical art, an experiment which could lead to a new aesthetic for the 21st century."--BOOK JACKET.

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