After Thought : Archiving Absence through a Practice-as-Research Production of Xiong Shiyi’s Lady Precious Stream. / Thorpe, Ashley.

In: TDR: The Drama Review, Vol. 63, No. 1, 25.02.2019, p. 83-99.

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After Thought : Archiving Absence through a Practice-as-Research Production of Xiong Shiyi’s Lady Precious Stream. / Thorpe, Ashley.

In: TDR: The Drama Review, Vol. 63, No. 1, 25.02.2019, p. 83-99.

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