Chinese theater gets a little absurd – Reuters

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Irish Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett’s play, Waiting for Godot, has been performed in China before, but never with elements taken from traditional Peking Opera – including dance, mime, music and song.

Playing to a full house in Shanghai, one character wore a painted mask lifted straight from , a highly stylized theatrical form that first evolved more than 300 years ago.

“I first came up with the idea five years ago. It’s not real Peking Opera, of course. I just added certain elements. But a few years hence, this could be a new art form,” said Wu Hsing-kuo, the Taiwanese director and composer who also played a lead part.

During the tumult of the Cultural Revolution, the government obliged people to renounce China’s ancient culture, and there was scant access to Western books.

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