A comprehensive and authoritative single-volume reference work on the theatre arts of Asia-Oceania. Nine expert scholars provide entries on performance in twenty countries from Pakistan in the west, through India and Southeast Asia to China, Japan and Korea in the east. An introductory pan-Asian essay explores basic themes – they include ritual, dance, puppetry, training, performance and masks. The national entries concentrate on the historical development of theatre in each country, followed by entries on the major theatre forms, and articles on playwrights, actors and directors. The entries are accompanied by rare photographs and helpful reading lists.
Most substantial coverage of performance arts in Asia-Oceania available in a single-volume
Contributions by renowned scholars
The broad sweep of the history of theatrical traditions in twenty countries is accompanied by detailed entries on their genres and artists
Extensive reading lists, index of genres and artists, and rare photographs