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Monday, April 29, 1985 - 19:30

"Is the Peking Opera Dying?"

Dr. Michael Gissenwehrer,

Scholar, Chinese Theatre

Austrian Embassy Residence

Dr. Gissenwehrer of Austria, one of the most renowned scholars of Chinese theater, is gathering material for a book on the education and training of Chinese actor-singers as well as doing research on the history of Chinese theater. He will discuss the 2500-year development of Chinese theatre, beginning with the shamams of antiquity and continuing into the modern era, concluding with the Peking Opera. He will also compare Chinese and Western conventional theater forms and will explain the essential differences between Chinese "actors' theater" and Western "literary theater".