Monday, January 30, 2012

A Conversation with Clare Stearns

I had the pleasure of getting to have an interview with Clare Stearns, the director of Hamlet which is coming to the Fringe in February! Her production sounds exciting and accessible for all ages!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Art throughout Asia- Korea

Korean Theatre is very vibrant today: being one of the largest musical markets and the country that brings us some of the delightful Kpop bands that are at their truest hearts theatrical machines! Korea is one of the countries that I have studied over the past few years mainly due to my sisterhood with Juno Kim. Juno is author and resident artist at and she has taught me a lot about the Korean spirit and Korean history in general. We also share a love for theatre, so she and I spent some time in Seoul checking out the theatrical scene in Seoul.

Prior to the 19th century there were basically two types of Korean theatre.
1. Talchum- Masked Drama, which was more politcal in nature. A mixture between song, dance and poetry.
2. Pansori- Korean opera. A central main character's journey that is supported by chanters, musicians and a chorus. Most similar to Japanese Noh rather than a Chinese Opera. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Artist of the Month- January- Aisling McDonnell

Here is our Miss January; Aisling McDonnell! You may have seen her previously in Glengarry Glen Ross, Coffee and Cigarettes or We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! I completely agree with her answer to number ten! I haven't seen an mass audition notice go out in MONTHS!
One of the few female Irish actors in HK, Aisling is something really special...

Art throughout Asia- Japan

I have a serious love for Japanese Theatre. When I did my backpacking trip through Japan last summer I took a lot of time to dedicate to the theatre history of Japan. Like most other countries you can break down traditional Japanese Theatre into a few categories and then expand upon those in order to understand the experiences well.

1. Noh- A slow, religious, poetry based performance piece.
2. Kabuki- A comedic, fast paced, physical based piece.
3. Buhto- A physical dramatic piece usually having to do with the transcendent of the human body and spirit.
4. Bunraku- Traditional Japanese Wooden Puppetry.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Art throughout Asia- China

A new working series that strives to explore the world of Asian Theatre by country. I have found there is a serious lack of english information about Asian Theatre that gives details and descriptions about the art forms so that people from other countries can learn about it and learn to appreciate it. Having lived in Hong Kong for almost four years now, I have found the best part of my experience of working internationally was the opportunity to learn about international styles of art. I hope that by sharing my information, that I can help students on projects. Feel free to email or comment with any questions.

First topic is on Art through China. China is a pretty big place, so you pretty much have to break the theatre into categories. Once the categories are broken down then you can delve into more details.

1. Opera- 2 major types- Peking and Cantonese- Song Dynasty til Present Day
2. Shadow Plays- Peking and Cantonese- Ling Dynasty til Present
3.Xianghsneg- A type of comedic monologue or dulogue. Similar to standup in American terms. Tang Dynasty- Present Day.
4. Modern Drama- More typically melodrama or prat comedy based. It is typically one end of the stick or the other. Large emotions and gestures despite being in modern setting. Present Day.