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An Overview of Ming Dynasty Drama: Focusing on Tang Xianzu and His Plays

Dr Wang Bing (China)

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  • 19 May
    Sun, 11am
  • Living Room, Festival House
  • 2h, no intermission

  • Conducted in Mandarin


  • Free

    Patrons are advised to be seated 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons.

 
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An Overview of Ming Dynasty Drama: Focusing on Tang Xianzu and His Plays

Dr Wang Bing (China)

Amongst the dramatists of the Ming Dynasty, Tang Xianzu is considered the greatest playwright. Highly revered in ancient literary and dramatic traditions, Tang is celebrated especially for his Four Dreams’ plays: The Purple Hairpin, The Peony Pavilion, A Dream under the Southern Bough, and Dream of Handan.

This talk will trace the artistic evolution of opera during the Ming Dynasty, while contextualising Tang Xianzu’s several dramatic masterpieces and his achievements within the historical context of his time.

Conducted in Mandarin.

明代戏曲概观:以汤显祖及其剧作为重点

有明一代,元杂剧由于南方戏曲形式的盛行而逐渐式微,最终北方刚健明快的音乐让位于南方柔和优美的旋律。南戏和传奇尤其受到知识精英、学者和文人的青睐。除了四大南戏(荆、刘、拜、杀)外,高明的《琵琶记》是第一部赢得文人称赞的南戏杰作。事实上,在明代戏剧家中,汤显祖被认为是最伟大的剧作家,在古代文学史和戏剧传统中备受推崇,特别是他的“临川四梦”传奇:《紫钗记》、《牡丹亭》、《南柯记》和《邯郸记》。 本讲座将在描述明代戏曲发展的基础上,回顾汤显祖的几部戏剧杰作及其成就。

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