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Staging LU XUN in Contemporary Chinese Theatre. The Aesthetics of Morality in Rethinking Versions of Reality on the Experimental Stage (2016-2017)

Field of study: Cultural Studies, Chinese Studies

The paper investigates the aesthetic modes in which Chinese writer Lu Xun has been staged in China throughout the last century, and how the performing of such powerful symbol of Chinese modernity redefines the concept of realism within the contemporary Chinese performance discourse. At present, the theatre scene experiments with a multitude of possible social realities which are of a moral
condition, meant to redirect Chinese decayed social realities on a path to self-awareness and self-rediscovery of the beauty of morality. Rising state-powered Neoconfucianism, meant to revive patriotism and a sense of morality among the Chinese youth, theatre makers manage to challenge its genuinity through a much more authentic approach to redefining the human soul, a cause at stake for contemporary Chinese theatre.

Keywords: Chinese avant-garde, Chinese theatre, Lu Xun, realism, postdramatic theatre

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