Mei Lanfang in The Unofficial Biography of Taizhen [Yang Guifei], circa 1925

From Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia by Katherine Mezur and Emily Wilcox, Editors

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  • Dance
  • Asian Studies
  • Theater and Performance
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  • Fig. 2.1. Mei Lanfang in the role of Yang Guifei in the new opera The Unofficial Biography of Taizhen [Yang Guifei]” [Taizhen waizhuan 太真外傳], created circa 1925. Mei’s flowing garments and bare arms are completely foreign to Peking opera. Source: Liang She-Ch’ien, ed., Mei Lanfang; Foremost Actor of China (Shanghai: Commercial Press, 1929), 6. Available at https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.11521701.cmp.3.