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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

July 7, 2012

The profound, the delightful and the fantastic   The Theater of Asia
Classic Dance Drama of Thailand


I would like to show you some books from the Bookshelf which may introduce you to the great beauty and strangeness of Asian theater as it is distinguished from the Broadway shows that have been part of your heritage.

First, let's look at a basic form of Chinese theater that you probably know by title but have never really enjoyed in particular.  On the cover of this book on Peking Opera  you will see Monkey, the God-King of Asian legend, who is featured in most theaters and can be clever beyond measure, powerful beyond imagination and a trickster beyond doubt.

Peking Opera


India has its profusion of festivals and sectional theater as well as serious playwrights such as Tagore who received the Nobel Prize for his literary accomplishments.

Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore's Red Orlanders
And festivals are a constant part of Indian culture.  And here are some suggestions when you plan your trip to India.

Festivals of India



Looking at puppets, one must never forget the Malaysian shadow puppets from whose performances children of traditional Malaysia learn about their history and culture as well as their manners and religious beliefs.  And here again is the Monkey King Hanuman that mythical and spiritual figure of Asian thought and literature.

Hanuman
And finally Japan where theater has always been a dominant part of culture: the serious and profound Noh drama, its comic relief in Kyogen and the popular Kabuki.  Today American politicians tend to flip that term kabuki around in a ridiculous manner.  Learn what Kabuki really is.

Kabuki
Kyogen


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3 comments:

Niftic Vintage said...

Your one amazing man my friend! I am enchanted with Chinese theater and puppets! Thanks!

Prospero Joe said...

Thank you, Re. I am delighted that you enjoy Chinese drama and theater and the Asian puppets. I taught this theater for years and always found the theater fascinating.

Have a great evening, Joe

Prospero Joe said...

Thank you, Re. I am delighted that you enjoy Chinese drama and theater and the Asian puppets. I taught this theater for years and always found the theater fascinating.

Have a great evening, Joe

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