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Theatre of Transposition: Charles Dullin and East Asian Theatre

  • Min Tian
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)

Abstract

Charles Dullin incorporated the ideas of East Asian theatre in his productions, and more importantly, in the formation of his theory of “theatre of transposition.” Dullin may have perceived the Japanese theatre he saw—although it was not given in the tradition of the old Japanese theatre—and the example of Mei Lanfang as a confirmation of the ideas that had long been fermenting in his mind: his ideas of a theatre of transposition that imaginatively evokes East Asian theatre. However, the examples of East Asian theatre were useful in so far as they were instrumental in Dullin’s struggle against naturalism, in his pursuit of a theatre of transposition that was firmly rooted in Western tradition, or more naturally, in the French tradition, and in his efforts to find in the sources of Western theatre the natural inspiration for the renewal of modern Western theatre.

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  • Min Tian
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  1. 1.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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