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Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera During the Cultural Revolution by Xing Fan (review)

Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera During the Cultural Revolution... BOOK REVIEWS 267 China STAGING REVOLUTION: ARTISTRY AND AESTHETICS IN MODEL BEIJING OPERA DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION. By Xing Fan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018. xiii + 288 pp. Cloth, US $65.00. Xing Fan begins Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution with a performance anecdote. She recounts the night in 2001 when she saw The Red Lantern, among the most famous of the ten model jingju, performed at the Yisu Grand Theatre in Xi’an. (Though the term jingju has often been translated into English as Peking Opera or Beijing Opera, Fan joins the growing number of scholars who choose to call it jingju.) That night in Xi’an, a packed crowd of over a thousand intently watched the production, at times singing along, at other times discussing with fellow audience members how this night’s cast compared with the original cast that had premiered The Red Lantern during the Cultural Revolution, when the ten model jingju were part of the eighteen Model Revolutionary Works (geming yangbanxi) considered exemplary by the Chinese Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China. Far from a historical artifact of a time period many would prefer to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera During the Cultural Revolution by Xing Fan (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 37 (1) – Jun 20, 2020

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Abstract

BOOK REVIEWS 267 China STAGING REVOLUTION: ARTISTRY AND AESTHETICS IN MODEL BEIJING OPERA DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION. By Xing Fan. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2018. xiii + 288 pp. Cloth, US $65.00. Xing Fan begins Staging Revolution: Artistry and Aesthetics in Model Beijing Opera during the Cultural Revolution with a performance anecdote. She recounts the night in 2001 when she saw The Red Lantern, among the most famous of the ten model jingju, performed at the Yisu Grand Theatre in Xi’an. (Though the term jingju has often been translated into English as Peking Opera or Beijing Opera, Fan joins the growing number of scholars who choose to call it jingju.) That night in Xi’an, a packed crowd of over a thousand intently watched the production, at times singing along, at other times discussing with fellow audience members how this night’s cast compared with the original cast that had premiered The Red Lantern during the Cultural Revolution, when the ten model jingju were part of the eighteen Model Revolutionary Works (geming yangbanxi) considered exemplary by the Chinese Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China. Far from a historical artifact of a time period many would prefer to

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 20, 2020

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