Tutor profile: Ilyana D.
De niña cual fue unos de tu sueños?
Siempre quise ser una astronauta. De niña, visitaba mucho a mi abuelo Ben, un autor de ciencia ficción. El trabajo con Nasa para escribir sus libros y hablaba mucho del espacio y viajar a las estrellas. Mi padre es fan de Star Trek, y también de niña, me ponía a ver episodio tras episodio.
Subject: Film and Theater
What is the difference between Kabuki and Noh theatre?
Kabuki and Noh theatre are both well-respect male-only-acted form of traditional Japanese theatre, however they are quite different from one another in many ways. Noh theatre came first, between the 14th and 15th and evolved from Shinto rites and agricultural dances. It is a masked dance with simple furnishing and set with a Japanese pine tree in the background. There are typically only a few actors and musicians on stage and both the story and music are played in rather quiet and mellow tones. Kabuki on the other hand, emerged as a vivid and popularized version of Noh. Much like the transformation from plays to broadway musicals. Though the stories, like in Noh theatre are taken from literature, Kabuki theatre makes their telling of these stories very dramatic and big. From its colorful black, orange and green curtain, to its giant elaborate sets, larger-than-life costumes, fierce and intense make-up, Kabuki is all about making a big, massive and over-the-top performances and stun and amaze.
Subject: East Asian History
What is P'ansori and how can one develop a p'ansori voice?
P'ansori is one of the most important forms of oral tradition in Korea. “Pan” meaning, “a place where people gather” and “sori” meaning, song or music. In most cases it is referred to as “Korean Opera”. It is an interactive traditional storytelling musical medium created during the Joseon (Choson) dynasty (1392-1897). P'ansori is typically performed by two musicians: The Singer, either male or female & The Drummer. They perform either in the marketplace or courtyard of a palace, thus P'ansori was enjoyed by both the lower classes and the higher classes alike. Within a p'ansori song, there are spoken narrative passages called, “aniri” and sung passages called, “ch’ang”, both of which are practiced at the rhythm or tempo of the drummer. Current P’ansori is the accumulation of many revisions and product of multiple generations. Passed down from teacher to student, because it could not be written down. What is so special about a p'ansori voice, and why it is so difficult to acquire, is that the singer practices until their voice becomes rough and horse. Once the throat clears up, the singer must practice until it becomes rough again, and then this process is repeated. Eventually, singer is taken to a loud waterfall to strengthen their voice and build volume. At first, the waterfall will be stronger than the voice of the p'ansori singer, but after much practice, the voice should become strong enough to defeat the waterfall.
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