Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre

routledge handbook of asian theatre, arrivalIt took quite a while, but finally the Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre arrived in its full splendor: a 500-page tome covering the last hundred years (and more) of theatre in Asia, from India to Indonesia, from North to South Korea.

Editor Siyuan Liu, whose tremendous and meticulous work for this volume can hardly be overestimated, had contacted me in March 2014. I agreed to contribute two texts on theatre in Korea, one for a section about “Gender Performance and the Rise of Actresses in Modern Asian Theatre”, which was a rather unexplored realm for me but proved very interesting, particularly given the complex transformations of theatre in the colonial era, influenced by Western and Japanese models alike.

Another commissioned text is about “Modern Asian Theatre and Indigenous Performance” which in the case of Korea slightly touches my dissertation theme but at the same time allowed me to learn more about early traditionalist movements in the 30s, a new wave of theatremakers in search of theatrical roots in the 60s and 70s, and more recent developments in the 90s and 2000s.

Anyway, I submitted my essays in the summer of 2014, checked the glossary of Korean terms the next year, and received the final proofs in late 2015. Now it’s almost five month since the book arrived here and I’ve not come to more than skimming through some of the chapters. As the gigantic table of contents (24 chapters!) below shows, it’s a treasure chest of interesting topics, all discussed from various angels. And it was a great honor to participate in a project together with so many esteemed scholars, some friends, people I’ve met, or whose research I just admire from afar.

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preview from my text on traditional elements in contemporary Korean theatre

preview from my text on traditional elements in contemporary Korean theatre

preview from my text on traditional elements in contemporary Korean theatre

The prize probably limits the audience to research libraries, still Google Books offers a little preview of what is to be expected. Looking forward

– 26 Feb. 2016 (金)

  • Routledge Handbook of Asian Theatre, ed. Siyuan Liu, London & New York 2016: Routledge, 578 pages, 99 b/w illus., hardback $240.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Siyuan Liu

Part I. Traditional Theatre in Asia

1. Traditional Indian Theatre: Farley Richmond
2. Traditional Chinese Theatre: Colin Mackerras
3. Traditional Japanese Theatre: Jonah Salz
4. Traditional Indonesian Theatre: I Nyoman Sedana and Kathy Foley

Part II. Dimensions of Traditional Asian Theatre

5. Dance in Traditional Asian Theatre
India: Arya Madhavan
China: Fan Xing
Tibet: Kati Fitzgerald
Uyghur: Ronald Gilliam
Japan: Colleen Lanki
Korea: CedarBough T. Saeji
Southeast Asia: Kathy Foley
Cambodia: Celia Tuchman-Rosta

6. Music in Traditional Asian Theatre
India: Arya Madhavan
China: Ashley Thorpe
Tibet: Kati Fitzgerald
Uyghur: Ronald Gilliam
Japan: Jay Keister
Korea: Andrew Killick
Southeast Asia: Kirstin Pauka

7. Masks in Traditional Asian Theatre
Tibet: Kati Fitzgerald
Korea: CedarBough T. Saeji
Japan: Diego Pellecchia
Southeast Asia: Margaret Coldiron

8. Puppets in Traditional Asian Theatre
Kathy Foley

9. Costume and Makeup in Traditional Asian Theatre
India: David Mason
China: Alexandra Bonds
Japan: Monica Bethe
Southeast Asia: Kirstin Pauka and Lauren Meeker

10. Architecture and Stage of Traditional Asian Theatre
India: David Mason
China: Colin Mackerras
Japan: Julie A. Iezzi
Southeast Asia: Kathy Foley

Part III. Modern Theatre in Asia

11. Modern Indian Theatre: Aparna Dharwadker

12. Modern Theatre in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka
Pakistan: David Mason
Bangladesh: Syed Jamil Achmed
Nepal: Carol C. Davis
Sri Lanka: Kanchuka Dharmasiri

13. Modern Japanese Theatre: John K. Gillespie

14. Modern Chinese Theatre: Siyuan Liu

15. Modern Theatre in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and North Korea
Hong Kong: Gilbert C. F. Fong and Shelby Kar-yan Chan
Taiwai: Katherine Hui-ling Chou
Korea: Kim Yun-Cheol
North Korea: Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh

16. Modern Theatre in Mainland Southeast Asia: Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
Thailand: Pawit Mahasarinand
Burma: Ye Taik
Laos: Jennifer Goodlander
Cambodia: Khoun Chanreaksmey and Siyuan Liu
Vietnam: Trinh Nguyen

17. Modern Theatre in Maritime Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore: Michael Bodden

 

18. The Beginning of Spoken Theatre: Colonialism and Colonial Modernity
India: Anita Singh
Indonesia: Matthew Isaac Cohen
Japan: Maki Isaka
China: Siyuan Liu

19. Gender Performance and the Rise of Actresses in Traditional Asian Theatre
India: Anita Singh
Japan: Maki Isaka
China: Siyuan Liu
Southeast Asia: Kathy Foley
Case Study: Indonesian Wayang kulit Dalang: Jennifer Goodlander and Ashley Robertson

20. Gender Performance and the Rise of Actresses in Modern Asian Theatre
India: Anita Singh
Japan: Ayako Kano
China: Siyuan Liu
Korea: Jan Creutzenberg
Southeast Asia: Kathy Foley

21. Modern Asian Theatre and Indigenous Performance
India: Anita Singh
Japan: Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei
China: Siyuan Liu
Korea: Jan Creutzenberg
Southeast Asia: Kathy Foley

22. Traditional Asian Performance in Modern and Contemporary Times
India: Arya Madhavan
Japan: Jonah Salz
China: Min Tian
Korea: CedarBough T. Saeji
Southeast Asia: Jennifer Goodlander

23. Intercultural Theatre and Asian Shakespeare Productions in Asia
India: Shormishtha Panja
Japan: Suematsu Michiko
Chinese language theatre: Alexa Huang
Southeast Asia: Yong Li Lan

24. Modern Musicals in Asia
Japan: Makiko Yamanashi
China: Sissi Liu
Hong Kong: Gilbert C. F. Fong and Shelby Kar-yan Chan
Taiwan: Fan-ting Cheng
Korea: Ji Hyon (Kayla) Yuh
Southeast Asia: Caleb Goh

About Jan Creutzenberg

Jan Creutzenberg, friend of theatre, music, and cinema, comments on his performative experiences in Seoul and elsewhere.
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