188 pages | 20 B/W Illus.
Theatre occupied a particularly important place in the life of the elite, for whom owning a theatre troupe was highly fashionable and for whom theatre performances were an integral part of formal gatherings, various rituals and ceremonies. Based on an exploration of original historical records, including comparisons with other forms of ancient theatre, Shen provides an overview of elite theatre in Ming China and examines the details of theatrical performance.
1. Introduction 2. Previous Scholarship 3. Troupe Owners 4. Actor Background 5. Owner-Performer Relation 6. Actor Training 7. Singing and Dancing 8. Role Playing 9. Directing 10. Performance Space 11. Playwriting Performance Theory
The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of the early history of Asia.