Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-12-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book reviews the "playing" of Shakespeare in which there is a re-staging and a re-writing -- through adaptation, appropriation, or acculturation -- of the Western Shakespeare into the gestural, symbolic, stylized, or ritualized worlds of Asian theatre languages. It examines this interface in aesthetic, theatrical, cultural and political terms, looking at key issues in intercultural performance, how it re-configures the text, genre and gender and how it can intervene in the shaping of ethnicity, identity and postcoloniality. Contributors examine how differing cultures negotiate such encounters, and the implications of this worldwide re-playing for Shakespeare#xE2;#xAC;"s theatre. Focusing specifically on the work of major directors in the central and emerging areas of Asia -- Japan, China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines -- the chapters show how performing Shakespeare in Asia not only revitalizes indigenous theatre forms, but generates an alternate cultural capital which is exploited in the global market.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Poonam Trivedi and Ryuta Minami
Re -playing Intercultural Performance
East and West Shakespeare
The (In-)Visibility of Shakespeare on the Contemporary Japanese Stage
Ariane Mnouchkine and the Orient of the Imagination: The Th+,+stre du Soleil's; Shakespeare Productions (1981-4)
Shakespeare and the Indian Image(nary) : Embod(y)ment in versions of A Midsummer NightG++s Dream
Re -playing Textual / Theatrical Languages
Fooling with Lear: A Performance History of Suzuki Tadashi`s King Lear (1984-2005)
What Happens When Shakespeare is Hybridized with Rock, Kabuki and Manga? : Hidenori InoueG++s Postmodern Adaptations of Shakespeare
Subtitles and Sur-titles in Intercultural Shakespeare Performance
Parallel Archives of the Performative: The Figuring of Hamlet in Veenapani Chawla's Hare and the Tortoise
Re -playing Ethnicity, Identity and Postcoloniality
To be a Shakespearean Hamlet or to be a Chinese Prince: Three Chinese Operatic Adaptations
The Ethics of G++LocalG++ Reading: The Use Value of Chinese Opera and Shakespeare
The Ethnic Body from Othello to Caliban: Shakespeare and TaiwanG++s Geopolitics
From Proscenium to Paddy Fields: Utpal DuttG++s Jatra Shakespeare
And Never The Twain Shall Meet? Shakespeare and Philippine Performance Traditions
Re -playing Genre and Gender
Dancing to Shakespeare: Crossing Genre and Gender in the Sonnets and the Tragedies
A Gambuh Macbeth in Bali: Blurred Genres and Refocused Politics at the End of the New Order
Shakespeare as Market Material: Oh Tae-seokG++s Romeo & Juliet in Korea
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