Intro to World Theatre (Test 2).pdf - The Theatre of China...

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The Theatre of China Early Theatre in China Lots of shamanistic roots Korean AKA Chinese opera Animal movements During Zhou there’s more comedy and acrobatics Martial art performances especially in Han dynasty 100 entertainments, festival that organized grand scale spectacles with 100s of performers, kind of like a circus, Chinese “water sleeves” First “plays” Mime and chorus Dancing actors with chorus singing the story Source material for later plays The Tang Dynasty Study guide-the evolution of the development of theatre, what steps were taken Literate theatre did not flourish in china until the tang dynasty Looked like ritual and ceremonies Professional acting troupes were sanctioned and a school was established in the palace New form of entertainment Comedy sketches Buddhist monks merged the idea of verse and prose The pear garden was the first known royal acting and musical academy in china Children of the pear Emperor came up with it and oversaw the training Spirit of theatre Huge scale, stages longer Yuan Drama Male and female actors performed as either gender Mongol rule Chinese became a minority Scholars and such had nothing to do so they focused on the arts in a form of passive resistance Appeared as traditional stories but they wrote in confucian values “underneath” One grade lower than prostitutes one grade up than beggars Interested in cultivating culture, really smart Brought in the artist and treated them well in the palace (but made them work with the mongol belief) Class was very strict and important
4 acts, with a wedge/interlude in between Performed in court and temples, teahouses for the public Only protagonist sings In the vernacular of that time

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