The adaptation of Shakespeare in Chinese traditional opera

The main aim of this project is to support the visit of a Yue opera troupe of eight (8) amateur performers whose travel will be funded by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, China. The troupe will be invited to perform a selection of scenes from Yue opera of both Chinese traditional plays and adaptations of Shakespeare, to introduce an Australian audience to Chinese traditional opera and the differences between the adaptation and the original text. The performance will be accompanied by a lecture from Ms Qian Chen, currently a PhD student in the Humanities Research Centre at ANU with a background in Yue opera, who is conducting long-term research into adaptations of Shakespeare's plays in Chinese traditional opera and is asking for support to conduct interviews in China to prepare for the visit of the troupe. Ms Chen will be interviewing adaptors, directors, actors, and other participants as part of her research, which will focus on confrontation and reception during the adaptation process, as well as on the ways in which Shakespeare's plays are changed in the course of their adaptation by examining some representative adaptations in Peking Opera, Yue Opera, and Kun Opera.

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Grant round: 2019-01-01 00:00:00


Will Christie

Research School of Humanities & the Arts, College of Arts & Social Sciences

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