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Performing Poetry on the Intermedial Stage: Flowers in the Mirror, Moon on the Water and Beijing Avant-garde Theatre in the New Millennium

Ferrari, Rossella (2016) 'Performing Poetry on the Intermedial Stage: Flowers in the Mirror, Moon on the Water and Beijing Avant-garde Theatre in the New Millennium.' In: Li, Ruru, (ed.), Staging China: New Theatres in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 123-140. (Chinese Literature and Culture in the World)

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Abstract

This chapter examines "Flowers in the Mirror, Moon on the Water" (2006), an intermedial performance by leading experimental theatre director Meng Jinghui, based on poems by Xi Chuan. It first assesses the production’s polarized domestic and international reception to investigate some key themes in the mainland Chinese discourse on the avant-garde since the turn of the twenty-first century. Second, issues of intermediality and disciplinary border-crossings are addressed to explore connections between performance, poetry, and film in contemporary experimental theatre and to flesh out the tension between a “theatre of concept” and a “theatre of attractions” in Meng’s work. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the latest generation of Beijing avant-garde theatre practitioners in the context of the commercialization and globalization of Chinese culture in the new millennium.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Chinese theatre, Chinese poetry, Meng Jinghui, Xi Chuan, adaptation, intermediality
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISBN: 9781137567475
Depositing User: Rossella Ferrari
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2015 09:49
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18536

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