The Theoretical Studies of Asian Theatre course covers all
aspects of research based around a core theme of contemporary trends
in East Asian theatre. The course has concentrated on the two topics
of 1) the body, education and politics in contemporary Chinese theatre,
and 2) how Chinese theatre, particularly the new form of theatre that
became popular in Shanghai following the 1911 revolution, has adopted
Western theatre. It plans to carry on preparing an environment for
research and discussion on many issues surrounding contemporary trends
in East Asian theatre.
The first of these topics deals with a number of issues such as social
education through theatre starting in the Guangxu era of the Qing
dynasty, the media strategy of the Chinese Communist Party —
which reached its peak with propaganda theatre — and how physical
techniques used in the training of actors have been passed on.
The second topic, as well as looking at the new form of theatre
that became popular in Shanghai following the 1911 revolution, also
considers many other subjects including its regional theatrical
variations, and their relationship with modern theatre and films.
The course accepts joint researchers rather than students, and
there are therefore no regular lectures and seminars. We hope that
researchers interested in this area and special research students
or co-researchers will want to participate in the course.
||Associate Professor, School of Political Science and Economics,
<Visiting Research Associate>
||Visiting Research Associate, Institute for Theatre Research
of the 21st Century COE, Waseda University