Arts and Culture
The influence of Mei Lanfang and the theories of xiju on theater people in Europe and North America was important in the first half of the 20th century, as is well known for Brecht. The influence in return was not only that of Broadway or socialist realism, and the playwright XU Fen proposed for Sichuan beautiful echoes of the epic theater theory and practice of Brecht.
François Picard is Professor of analytical ethnomusicology at Sorbonne Université and a research member of IreMus. He has published three books: La Musique chinoise, 1991, You-feng 2003; Lexique des musiques d’Asie orientale, You-feng 2006; L’Incantation du patriarche Pu’an, Peeters 2012, more than thirty CDs, and contributed to Alan Thrasher, ed., Qupai, The Heart of Chinese Music Structure, Routledge, 2016. He has been artistic director for productions from China, Taiwan, or Tibet. His musical group, Fleur de prunus, collaborates with Baroque Nomade. (http://www.iremus.cnrs.fr/fr/membres-permanents/francois-picard )