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Revolutionary Stagecraft

Theater, Technology, and Politics in Modern China
Tarryn Li-Min Chun(Autor*in)
The University of Michigan Press
Erscheint ca. am 4. Juni 2024
Buch
Hardcover
344 Seiten
978-0-472-07656-7 (ISBN)
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Revolutionary Stagecraft draws on a rich corpus of literary, historical, and technical materials to reveal a deep entanglement among technological modernization, political agendas, and the performing arts in modern China. This unique approach to Chinese theater history combines a close look at plays themselves, performance practices, technical theater details, and behind-the-scenes debates over "how to" make theater amid the political upheavals of China's 20th century. The book begins at a pivotal moment in the 1920s-when Chinese theater artists began to import, use, and write about modern stage equipment-and ends in the early days of China's current scientific and technological boom, in the 1980s. By examining iconic plays and performances from the perspective of the stage technologies involved, Tarryn Li-Min Chun provides a fresh perspective on their composition and staging. The chapters include stories on the challenges of creating imitation neon, rigging up a makeshift revolving stage, and representing a nuclear bomb detonating onstage.

In thinking about theater through technicity, the author mines well-studied materials such as dramatic texts and performance reviews for hidden technical details and brings to light a number of previously untapped sources such as technical journals and manuals; set design renderings, lighting plots, and prop schematics; and stage technology how-to guides for amateur thespians. This approach focuses on material stage technologies, situating these objects equally in relation to their technical potential, their human use, and the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that influence them. In each of its case studies, Revolutionary Stagecraft reveals the complex and at times surprising ways in which Chinese theater artists and technicians of the 20th century envisioned and enacted their own revolutions through the materiality of the theater apparatus.
Tarryn Li-Min Chun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.
Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Translation, Transliteration, and Character Sets
Introduction Thinking Chinese Theater through Technicity
Chapter 1 Mobilizing Illumination: Lighting, Scenography, and Affective Arousal in Early Huaju
Chapter 2 Dramaturgical Technologies: Engineering Atmosphere in the First Golden Age of Huaju
Chapter 3 Socialist Utopian Special Effects: Technological Fantasy on the Seventeen-Years Stage
Chapter 4 Model Ingenuity: Technical Mentality and Practicality in Cultural Revolution Yangbanxi
Chapter 5 Theater as Technoscience: Research, Design, and Nuclear Physics on the Post-Mao Stage
Coda
Notes
Bibliography
Index