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Chinese opera : the actor's craft = 表演者的技芸 /
Chinese opera : the actor's craft = biao yan zhe de ji yi

Author: Siu Wang-Ngai with Peter Lovrick. ; Wang-Ngai Siu; Peter Lovrick
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Chinese opera embraces over 360 different styles of theatre that make one of the richest performance arts in the world. It combines music, speech, poetry, mime, acrobatics, stage fighting, vivid face-painting and exquisite costumes. First experiences of Chinese opera can be baffling because its vocabulary of stagecraft is familiar only to the seasoned aficionado. Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft makes the experience  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Electronic books
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Siu, Wang-Ngai, 1938- photographer.
Chinese opera
(OCoLC)862092538
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Siu Wang-Ngai with Peter Lovrick. ; Wang-Ngai Siu; Peter Lovrick
ISBN: 9789888268269 9888268260
OCLC Number: 880579942
Description: 1 online resource (216 pages) : color illustrations
Contents: Preface --
How Chinese theatre solves theatrical problems --
Using stage movement --
Using props --
Using weapons and skills for stage fighting --
Using costumes --
Using special skills --
A final word --
from the photographer and the writer --
Glossary --
Appendix I. English guide to the photographs --
Appendix II. Chinese guide to the photographs --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Siu Wang-Ngai with Peter Lovrick.

Abstract:

Chinese opera embraces over 360 different styles of theatre that make one of the richest performance arts in the world. It combines music, speech, poetry, mime, acrobatics, stage fighting, vivid face-painting and exquisite costumes. First experiences of Chinese opera can be baffling because its vocabulary of stagecraft is familiar only to the seasoned aficionado. Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft makes the experience more accessible for everyone. This book uses breath-taking images of Chinese opera in performance by Hong Kong photographer Siu Wang-Ngai to illustrate and explain Chinese opera stage technique. The book explores costumes, gestures, mime, acrobatics, props and stage techniques. Each explanation is accompanied by an example of its use in an opera and is illustrated by in-performance photographs. Chinese Opera: The Actor's Craft provides the reader with a basic grammar for understanding uniquely Chinese solutions to staging drama.

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