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„Уо дъ мън“ – работеща формула за успешна музикалнотеатрална постановка от границата между XX и XXI век
My Dream: a working formula for a successful musical theatre performance at the turn of the twenty-first century

Author(s): Miglena Tzenova-Nusheva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: How in the wake of the so-called ‘cultural revolution’ to get Chinese audiences back to opera houses? How traditional musical dramatic art would convey clear messages outside the Far East? Could a musical theatre performance both command high human values and be commercial? How come a stage performance of 2000 (performed also in Bulgaria in 2010) is a global success, being performed for eleven years now almost every night around the world? Is it possible for a musical theatre work to become a cause, championed globally by both governmental and non-governmental figures and organizations? Is it specific Chinese thinking that has generated such an idea? Does such a phenomenon draw on the national culture alone, or does it come under ‘Western’ influences as well? Is this concept feasible outside China? What makes a musical theatre performance extremely successful? This paper searches to answer these as well as other questions, exploring Wǒ de mèng (My Dream) performance, a work combining elements of Chinese traditional arts and Peking opera. The study uses comparative, historical, theoretical and other methods of research.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 293-300
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian