From the 1990's to 2003 the author followed four troupes of marionnettists in the Quanzhou area. Based on this unique fieldwork the author describes both the theatrical and social context of the marionette theatre. He shows it as a complex entity in ...
which elements of religion, ritual, language, history and social structure all come together. With analysis of companies' the organization, libretti, music, puppets, as well as the social and religious context of the performances and their ritual aspects. These important insights into the functioning of a traditional form of theatre in the economically advanced region of southern Fujian provide a fascinating window on contemporary China.
Number of pages: 480
Date of publication: 28/04/2006
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