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Contents of the 3rd issue of Theater Arts in 2013

Cross Culture Theater

Development with Certain Form: the Different Development from The Tale of Bloody Hands and Peking Opera State of Lust
Li Xiaolin

Abstract: Kun Opera The Tale of Bloody Hands and Peking Opera State of Lust are both successful examples for Chinese Opera adapted from Shakespeare theatre back in 1980s. Nevertheless, the artistic presentation of the two are completely different. The article studied the difference between two concepts "development" and "form-changing" proposed by Mei Lanfang. Then the detailed analysis and comparison are focused on performance text of the two operas. Lastly, the different creation, the dominate and following relation, the related artistic principle of development with certain form in Chinese opera are discussed. The different developments include outside to inside/ inside to outside, active VS passive, host VS guest, big development and small development. The development will always be inevitable, but the form of the opera are always the parameter of the development.
Key words: Kun Opera The Tale of Bloody Hands, Peking Opera State of Lust, Development with Certain Form

The Construction and Analysis of the Dream----the comparison between Golden Dreams of the East and Inception
Zheng Shangxian & Li Jiaqi

Abstract: Both Yuan Opera Golden Dream of the East and Hollywood film Inception adopt the idea of dream implantation to create a Dream which is half true and half false. They both changed the idea and behavior of the persons who are implanted into dreams. Yet still there are huge differences between the dream implantation tools, the demonstrations of the dream display and logic ideas in dream implantation progress. The differences show the influence on play writer by different times, areas, cultures and how play writer handle the psychology of characters, plot structure arrangement, and ideas towards real world differently.
Key words: Golden Dream of the East, Inception, implantation, dream

Mei Lanfang's Visiting Performance to America in the Trend of Oriental Renaissance
Zhou Yunlong
Abstract: Back to that time when Chinese traditional opera was strongly impacted by the concept of western theatre, Mei Lanfang, with the responsibility to reassure the value of the Peking Opera, visited America and gave performance, and he achieved a great success. Compared to the warm welcome from the society of America, intellectuals in China responded fairly indifferently. To scrutinize this event from the perspective of a Global Oriental Renaissance, it can be realized that westerners anchor Utopia imagination to Peking Opera performance. In their opinion, Mei's performance reflects the old theatre tradition of the western, which reveals an operative process of the cultural values exchange. We can not neglect the enlightening influence of Mei's cross-cultural opera practice on western pioneer theatre experiment, but the point is to borrow the cultural self-awareness consciousness of the westerners.

Key words: Mei Lanfang, visiting performance to America, Utopia, Oriental Renaissance, cultural value