Nanxi (Chinese Opera)

Nanxi (Chinese Opera)

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Nanxi is an early form of Chinese drama, developed from ancient traditions of mime, singing, and dancing during the Song Dynasty in the 12th century AD. The name means literally "Southern drama," and the form originated in the area around Wenzhou in Southern China. Nanxi started as combinations of Song plays and local folk songs and ballads, using colloquial language and large numbers of scenes. As with Western operetta, spoken passages alternated with verses (qu) set to popular music. Professional companies of actors performed nanxi in theatres that could hold thousands of spectators. Nanxi developed into the later and more complex dramatic form known as chuanqi, and later still into kunqu.
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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136332086
  • 9786136332086