Reactive Theater: State Theater and New Voices in China and France
The chapter concentrates on the relationship between theater and the state and how this interaction influenced aesthetic innovations during the twentieth century. The chapter shows how the Chinese state used theater and performance to put forward specifically political goals and how playwrights in France steered theater toward politics. The rise of Absurdism in both countries is detailed. It is in this chapter that I discuss aesthetic influences on Gao like Samuel Beckett. Emphasis is placed on the freedom artists found in Absurdism to work within and beyond prescribed aesthetics. The chapter provides the reader with an understanding of the political consequences of playwriting in Gao’s career.
KeywordsChinese Communist Party Cultural Revolution Reactive Theater Chinese Theater Contemporary Chinese Society
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