12 thoughts on “Marx’s Das Kapital on Chinese stage

  1. Michael Lebowitz: What would Marx say today?

    Is it time to dust off a copy of Das Kapital and revisit Marx’s analysis
    of capitalism’s ills?
    Michael Lebowitz has recently been in Australia as a featured guest of
    the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney April 10-12,
    organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Green Left Weekly.
    He was interviewed by the ABC Radio’s Late Night Live on April 14, 2009.

    * Listen

  2. China Diary
    Thursday 23 April 2009

    Paul White

    A Marxist song and dance

    There have been many attempts to bury Karl Marx and his ideas, but he has always made a comeback. This time, he’s about to make a singing and dancing one.

    The Shanghai producers of the stage show Das Kapital say that Marx’s work is as relevant in today’s worldwide capitalist crisis as it was in the 19th century – perhaps more so.

    The production will premiere next year and will include song, dance, a live band, animation and new media.

    The story revolves around a group of Chinese office workers who react differently to exploitation.

    Some refuse to recognise exploitation, others rise in futile revolt and the clever ones use their collective wisdom to better their lives.

    Zhang Jun, a professor of economics at Shanghai’s Fudan University, is one of the production’s advisers.

    Zhang has praised the timing of the show, pointing out that Chinese people have become too materialistic and have lost their old idealism.

    “A theatrical production is an easily understood medium for ordinary people to realise that embracing capitalism too enthusiastically comes at a heavy price,” says Zhang.

    During the years leading up to liberation in 1949 and for a couple of decades afterwards, the Communist Party of China used simple open-air stage shows to transmit the principles of socialism and the new society to ordinary people, not only in remote areas but also in the cities.


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