Performing Comic Failure in Waiting for Godot with Jingju Actors

WEI FENG
2017 Theatre research international  
Since the 1980s the Taiwanese theatre troupe Contemporary Legend Theatre (CLT) has been devoted to transforming jingju by way of adapting world classics. Through an analysis of its adaptation of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot (2005), this article considers how CLT pushes the boundaries of jingju acting, which is made up of singing, speaking, dance-acting and combat. To meet Beckett's challenge of performing comic failure, CLT integrates jingju restraint and Western slapstick. In so doing,
more » ... T liberates the actors' bodies from jingju conventions to produce a new aesthetic, which also gives the original play a new metaphysical interpretation.
doi:10.1017/s0307883317000256 fatcat:tpbofbvvx5dfjhpxu32s2h5dq4