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Actor In The Space Of Illusion And Anti-Illusion

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The experimental theatrical search in China during the past two decades has been marked by the need to reform the art of acting. The authors of the Chinese theatre of exploration realized very quickly that their theatre would not regain its lost theatricality unless it was able to rebuild the magical link of understanding between the actor and the spectator and to break free from the exhausted model of actor-declaimer and the paralyzing omnipresence of the realistic convention. The experimental theatre of the 1980s and 1990s in China began to demand an active approach from actors who were then forced to seek out new means of expression. The gradual departure from the conventional model of theatre also opened new prospects for stage directors and playwrights who were freed from the obligation to develop a consistent, linear plot featuring a logical sequence of effect, dictated by the principles of probability.

Keywords: actor; Chinese theatre; Gao Xingjian; illusion



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