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An in-depth analysis of plays and theoretical works on theatre by Gao Xingjian allows us to observe how modern Chinese theatre entered the flow of international culture at the turn of the twentieth and twenty- first centuries, while retaining some characteristics typical of traditional Chinese performances with their aesthetics based on conventionality and precision of the means of artistic expression. This book presents the mechanism of combining selected theatrical and dramatic techniques which stem from traditional forms of the musical dramamostly from the Beijing opera-and from folk forms of ritual theatre, with techniques typical of twentieth century Euro-American modernism and theatrical avant-garde. It aims to direct attention to a characteristically Eurasian 'community of imagination', grouping people from various places and times, and to notice similarities and differences in their ways of thinking on the art of theatre.

Keywords: avant-garde; Chinese theatre; Gao Xingjian



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