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On The ‘Banquet Performance’ of The Qing Court
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Pages: 43-54+108
Year: Issue:  4
Journal: Palace Museum Journal

Keyword:  court operathe Qing court dramaShengpingshu Agencybanquet performance;
Abstract: The ‘Banquet Performance’ stands for a kind of opera performed as a part of the grand royal dinner. Though this term specifically did not come out till the Qing dynasty, such a form of performance was already staged at the banquet of the Ming Court. Then the operas got performed in the court regularly and systematically with a large number of opera scripts prepared for royal entertainment occasions. The thesis discusses the Qing court banquet performance regarding the relationship between banquet drama and the royal etiquettes, the general law through banquet drama development for the overview of its ups and downs in the Qing court based on the historical materials included in the volumes like The Collected Archives of Shengpingshu(Shēngpíngshǔ Dàngàn Jíchéng), which is an Agency in charge of opera performance for the Qing Court, The Code of The Qing Dynasty(Qīng Huì Diǎn) and The Memior of The Qing Dynasty(Qīng Shí Lù) as well.
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