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Chinese Opera: Images and Stories (Hardback)

Peter Lovrick, Wang-Ngai Siu

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ISBN 10: 0774805927 / ISBN 13: 9780774805926
Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 1997
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English,Chinese . Brand New Book. Chinese Opera looks at Chinese society through an excitingseries of photographs of operatic performances from many regions of thecountry. The book introduces the reader to this unique theatrical formand tells the traditional stories that are its narrative foundation.Siu Wang-Ngai s extraordinary images, taken in natural light duringperformances, lovingly reveal the visual excitement of Chinese operaand point to the differences in costuming and presentation thatdistinguish each regional style and character type.Through Peter Lovrick s engaging text, Chinese Operaprovides a brief anecdotal history of the development of Chinese operaand introduces a language of theatrical convention entirely new to theWesterner. It also identifies the hallmarks of the dozen or so regionalopera styles found in this collection. As well, the book arranges thestories in a rough chain of being, from heaven, through the wholesocial structure on earth from emperor to outlaw, to ghosts in thenether world, offering a revealing view of Chinese social tradition andexperience. Chinese opera has a rich repertoire drawn from history,legends, folk tales, and classic novels.Chinese Opera opens a door onto the wealth of Chinesetraditional drama in a way that will interest drama aficionados,admirers of theatrical photography, students of Chinese drama, thoseinterested in the culture of China, and everyone who enjoys a livelystory. Siu Wang-Ngai s photographic record of opera performancesmakes these stories come alive. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774805926

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Titre : Chinese Opera: Images and Stories (Hardback)

Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada

Date d'édition : 1997

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Chinese Opera looks at Chinese society through an exciting series of photographs of operatic performances from many regions of the country. The book introduces the reader to this unique theatrical form and tells the traditional stories that are its narrative foundation. Siu Wang-Ngai's extraordinary images, taken in natural light during performances, lovingly reveal the visual excitement of Chinese opera and point to the differences in costuming and presentation that distinguish each regional style and character type. Through Peter Lovrick's engaging text, Chinese Opera provides a brief anecdotal history of the development of Chinese opera and introduces a language of theatrical convention entirely new to the Westerner. It also identifies the hallmarks of the dozen or so regional opera styles found in this collection. As well, the book arranges the stories in a rough chain of being, from heaven, through the whole social structure on earth from emperor to outlaw, to ghosts in the nether world, offering a revealing view of Chinese social tradition and experience. Chinese opera has a rich repertoire drawn from history, legends, folk tales, and classic novels. Chinese Opera opens a door onto the wealth of Chinese traditional drama in a way that will interest drama aficionados, admirers of theatrical photography, students of Chinese drama, those interested in the culture of China, and everyone who enjoys a lively story. Siu Wang-Ngai's photographic record of opera performances makes these stories come alive.

About the Author:

Siu Wang-Ngai is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britian and Chair of the Federation of Hong Kong-Macau Photographic Association. He lives in Hong Kong, where he practices law. Peter Lovrick has taught the History of Performing Arts in China at the University of Toronto's East Asian Studies department for the past several years. He also teaches full time at George Brown College's English and Liberal Studies Department.

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