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Transnational Theatre Histories

Touring Variety in the Asia Pacific Region, 1946–1975

Authors: Bollen, Jonathan

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  • Reveals a generation of touring artists and entrepreneurs whose international careers have previously been overlooked
  • Combines evidence from newspaper reports, business archives, written memoirs, oral histories and records of performance in photographs and film
  • Demonstrates how touring performance played a significant role in the regional development of cultural diplomacy
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Aviation extended the horizon of international touring across Asia and the Pacific in the 1950s and 1960s. Nightclubs in Hong Kong, Manila, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Taipei presented an international array of touring acts. This book investigates how this happened. It explores the post-war formation of the Asia Pacific region through international touring and the transformation of entertainment during the ‘jet age’ of aviation. Drawing on archival research across the region, Bollen investigates how touring variety forged new relations between artists, audiences, and nations. Mapping tours and tracing networks by connecting fragments, he reveals how versatile artists translated repertoire in circulation as they toured, and how entrepreneurial endeavours harnessed the production of national distinction to government agendas. He argues that touring variety on commercial circuits diversified the repertoire in regional circulation, anticipating the diversity emerging in state-sanctioned multiculturalisms, and driving the government-construction of national theatres for cultural diplomacy.   

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Jonathan Bollen is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His research interests include performance and desire, popular entertainment, regional touring, productions of Australian plays, and digital methods for research.  

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Touring Variety in the Asia Pacific Region, 1946–1975
Authors
Series Title
Transnational Theatre Histories
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39411-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39411-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39410-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 250
Number of Illustrations
19 b/w illustrations
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