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Między estetyką a polityką. Ibsen w operze yue
Between Aesthetics and Politics. Ibsen at the Yueju Opera

Author(s): Ewa Partyga
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Henrik Ibsen;Hedda Gabler;China;yueju;opera

Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on the interpretation of the contemporary inter-cultural theatre upon the example of a transposition of “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen into a yue opera (“Haida or Aspiration Sky High”, Hangzhou yueju Opera House, 2006). The presented reflections ask whether the intercultural theatre expands the domain of intercultural dialogue or rather is a tool for the exoticization and petrification of the image of the Other. The background of these deliberations is the history of the all-females yueju opera together with emphasis placed on the emancipatory potential of this particular theatrical form. The analysis of the spectacle stressed those elements, which posed the greatest obstacles in the intercultural reading of the text, and discussed the impact of the yueju convention in the semantic modifications of Ibsen’s work. The last part of the article concentrates on the dual nature of the virtual recipient of the spectacle, which originally was to meet the needs of the Chinese audience as well as those of the international festival public.

  • Issue Year: 323/2018
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 369-379
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish