June 12, 2008
Singing, Chanting and Acting in Kunqu
Kunqu Performer, Graduate of Beijing Traditional Opera School
Tuesday, November 25
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University
As a classical genre of Chinese theatre, kunqu features sophisticated and coordinated performances of elaborate singing, stylized chanting/speaking, and intricate acting/dancing.
To reveal the artistic creativity involved, and the expressions it generates, Mr. Wen Yuhang, an internationally known artist of the genre, will discuss and perform a number of representative arias and monologues, demonstrating kunqu manipulations of words, singing, chanting/speaking, and acting/dancing.
A graduate of the Beijing Traditional Opera School, Mr. Wen specializes in the xiaoshing (young male) role type. Once a principle actor with the Northern Kunqu Company, he recieved "Best Performer" awards in Chinese Drama competitions.
In 1999, he played the leading male role in the Lincoln Center production of Peony Pavilion.
Currently, Mr. Wen resides in New York.
Posted by moyera at June 12, 2008 09:11 AM