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Milieus of Song and Jin Performance. The skills that they fostered continued to be in demand, and there is no obvious reason why the Jin rulers should have abolished them. More important perhaps was the vigorous variety of different kinds of music flourishing in the north. Examples are numerous of the use of costume in Song plays, and also of props such as a chair, a flag, a fan, fresh waterchestnuts, a crane, a wine bottle, and a bowl of hot pig's trotters. There is much detailed information about the costuming of palace dance troupes during the Song dynasty, and no doubt some of the plays were influenced by dance in this as more certainly in other things.
For much of the rest we can reasonably infer their content by considering their probable source material or later pieces of literature on the same or similar themes. Confucianism being often paternalistic in its political principles, these domestic dramas bore some similarity to the body of dramas on the theme of noble ministers or loyalty to the state or monarch. ” The dramas showed him more benevolent, and he was the hero of many later Chinese tales of detection, the archetype of a judicial Sherlock Holmes.
202–204. 244. 284. 244. 285–286. A bold, lively exposition of the yuanben. Paul Elek, London, 1976. Many secondary aspects that have already been treated extensively in other modern monographs are taken for granted, which poses some problems of reference, but most of the central, theatrical matters are fully presented. In many ways they have yet to be superseded. A wideranging and searching appraisal, rightly stressing the importance of the zhugong diao for theater. He deals with the whole range, into the twentieth century, with lengthy chapters on the earliest periods.
Chinese Theater: From Its Origins to the Present Day by Colin Mackerras