By James R. Brandon
From India to Japan, the theater of Asia spreads out like a super kaleidoscope. There are dance-dramas, ballets, masked pantomimes, operas, operettas, shadow-plays, puppet-plays, and extra. one can find not just actors and actresses, yet based and exquisitely costumed courtroom dancers, musicians, singers, and chanters. you'll listen songs and heroic narratives and flights of poetic discussion. Drums will thud and gongs will growth. in every single place you cross, the colours, points of interest, and sounds will range vastly from position to position. however it isn't effortless to find the place theaters are, what different types of performs are being staged, or the hours, days, and seasons of functionality. The function of this consultant is to aid the vacationer in Asia locate and luxuriate in interesting dwelling theater. The author's own event and wisdom of theater in Asia could be an essential source to the tourist who cares approximately theater, yet understands little approximately Asia.
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New theaters are being built constantly; old ones may be torn down. Particularly subject to alteration are days a theater is open, type of performance, hours, and prices. Check regional performance dates when you arrive in a country; they may have changed. With the help of this guide you should be able to check, with relative ease, each theater you are interested in. Happy theatergoing. Page 8 Books to Read General Faubion Bowers, Theatre in the East (New York: Grove Press, 1956) James R. C. Scott, The Theatre in Asia (New York: Macmillan, 1972).
Rents to various groups. Student performances of Ching Hsi some Saturday afternoons. Kuo Li Yi-shu Kuan (National Arts Hall)** An older building seating 600 in well-raked orchestra and three-row balcony. Narrow and uncomfortable seats; noisy with passing traffic; air-conditioned. Rented by young amateur modern-drama groups, and for music concerts for the most part. Program may be printed in English. Oscar Music Hall** Seats 400 in upholstered lounge chairs; flat orchestra floor, narrow balcony goes around three sides.
Language of performance is Burmese. Theater Buildings Burma is the only country in Asia without permanent theaters. Troupes perform in temporary bamboo structures set up in an open field, as a rule near a Buddhist temple. The structures are used for a few days or a week and then taken down and moved to the next town, where the troupe plays again. A roof of woven mats keeps the heat in during the chilly nights, but is useless against rain. These theaters can be huge, seating 3,000 or more. Cheap seats are no more than straw mats spread on the ground in the middle of the building.
Brandon's guide to theater in Asia by James R. Brandon