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For nearly three decades, Ping Chong and his company have written and staged some of the most innovative and arresting examinations of "the Other" on stages in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His work more than any other artist has explored the ways Asian cultures have intersected with contemporary American society and throughout history.

This volume collects four of his masterworks created over the past decade, ...

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The East/West Quartet

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Overview


For nearly three decades, Ping Chong and his company have written and staged some of the most innovative and arresting examinations of "the Other" on stages in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. His work more than any other artist has explored the ways Asian cultures have intersected with contemporary American society and throughout history.

This volume collects four of his masterworks created over the past decade, including:


Deshima (1990), a documentary collage of the history of the West and Japan;
Chinoiserie (1995), spans centuries, continents and cultures, where the mysterious East meets the mysterious West;
After Sorrow (1997), explores the legacy of war in Vietnam;
Pojagi (1999), a poetic documentary on Korea from the sixteenth century to today.

The Washington Post has said these works are "like poems in their simplicity and power to evoke . . . -carefully wrought and beautifully designed.

"As an artist , I’m an outsider in American society. As an experimental artist, I’m an outsider in the art world. As a person of color, I’m an outsider; as an immigrant, I’m an outsider; as a gay man, I’m an outsider. It’s the position that fate has allotted me, but it’s a valuable postion to be in, because I think every society should have a mirror held to it by the outsider."—Ping Chong, 1999

Ping Chong was born in 1946 and raised in the Chinatown section of New York City. He began his theatrical career with Meredith Monk and later founded his own company in 1975, which later became Ping Chong and Company. It was created to explore the meaning of contemporary theatre and art on a national and international level. He has created over fifty major works for the stage, including Humboldt’s Current, Nosferatu, Kind Ness, and Undesirable Elements. His works have received numerous Obie and Bessie Awards and are performed throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559366823
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 437,081
  • File size: 831 KB

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Ping Chong is an internationally recognized theatre director, playwright, choreographer, video and installation artist. He is the recipient of two Obie awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Bessie awards. Since 1972, he has created more then fifty works for the stage, including twenty-five works in his "Undesirable Elements" oral history series.
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Table of Contents

Preface
An interview with Ping Chong
Deshima : a poetic documentary 1
Chinoiserie 59
After sorrow : a work in four parts 123
L'histoire chinoise 133
Whisper of the stone 137
98.6 : a convergence in 15 minutes 139
After sorrow : an epilogue 153
Pojagi 163
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