Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transformation in Chinese Theatre Works' the Legend of White Snake
by Lin, Li-Min, M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010, 68; 1482519
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines Chinese Theatre Work’s The Legend of White Snake as a case study of intercultural performance. As an overseas non-profit organization in NYC, CTW creates production aims to “transform” to intercultural performance that “bridges Eastern and Western theatrical aesthetics and forms” and also shows “aspects of the contemporary Chinese experience from slowly changing roles.” Attempting to achieve these goals, CTW created hybrid Kun opera production that featured English narration, shadow puppetry, and intercultural casting. Utilizing Schechner’s theory of multiculturalism, fusion, and interculturalism with Pavis and Lo and Gilbert’s model to analyzing CTW’s performance, this thesis examines both “the story” and “the telling” parts and unveils an imbalance between their Chinese and American source cultures and the unexpected result of their “functional transformation.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carpenter, Faedra C.
Commitee: Hildy, Franklin J., Meer, Laurie F.
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Theatre
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: Intercultural performance, Kun opera, Shadow puppetry
Publication Number: 1482519
ISBN: 978-1-124-27095-1
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