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The Rise of Cantonese Opera

Wing Chung Ng


Defined by its distinct performance style, stage practices, and regional- and dialect-based identities, Cantonese opera originated as a traditional art form performed by itinerant companies in temple courtyards and rural market fairs. In the early 1900s, however, Cantonese opera began to capture mass audiences in the commercial theaters of Hong Kong and Guangzhou—a transformation that changed it forever. This book charts Cantonese opera's confrontations with state power, nationalist discourses, and its challenge to the ascendancy of Peking opera as the country's preeminent “national theatre.” ... More

Keywords: Cantonese opera, traditional art form, mass audience, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, theatre, Peking opera, Chinese emigration, Chinese social life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039119
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wing Chung Ng, author
The University of Texas at San Antonio