Drama (Xìqǔ 戏曲)

Dallas L. McCURLEY

Actors perform a revolutionary play during the Cultural Revolution.

Chinese drama—the combination of song, dance, and music creating a whole greater than the sum of the parts—first appeared in the courts of the Zhou dynasty (1045–256 BCE) and has evolved steadily ever since, employing comedy and tragedy for the enjoyment of rich and poor alike.

The key Chinese theatrical aesthetic of melding into a singular whole the skills of singing,….

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:29+00:00 January 22nd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Theater|Comments Off on Drama (Xìqǔ 戏曲)

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