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Chinese Opera: Images and Stories (Hardback)
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Chinese Opera: Images and Stories (Hardback)

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Hardback 250 Pages / Published: 12/02/1997
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Chinese Opera looks at Chinese society through an exciting series of photographs of operatic performances from many regions of the country. The book introduces the reader to this unique theatrical form and tells the traditional stories that are its narrative foundation. Siu Wang-Ngai's extraordinary images, taken in natural light during performances, lovingly reveal the visual excitement of Chinese opera and point to the differences in costuming and presentation that distinguish each regional style and character type.

Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
ISBN: 9780774805926
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 1460 g
Dimensions: 254 x 254 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lovrick and Hong Kong-based photographer Siu Wang Ngai effectively lift the curtain on the mysteries of this ancient and venerable artform in a lavishly-produced overview of its many conventions and styles. * Vancouver Sun *
This is the ideal coffee-table book; gorgeous pictures with pithy text, providing an insight into not only the art, but the history, folklore and traditions of China. -- Alexandra Eadie * Globe & Mail *
The photographs ... are extraordinary theatrical records by any standards.... Siu has managed to capture the drama, colour and humanity of this theatre form. ... a remarkable book on Chinese opera... as well as being interesting to the converted, will also be an invaluable aide to newcomers to the theatre form ... laudably-straightforward language. * The Review (Hong Kong), Sept. 6, 1997 *

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