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Evan Yionoulis on Studying Acting | Juilliard Snapshot


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[upbeat jazz music] I think one of the reasons that people,
you know, act in plays in school from an early age, and it’s very easy to get in a
pattern up putting on a show. The reason one comes to school is to go back to a
more…a slower idea of steeping oneself in given circumstances, of steeping
oneself in craft, in taking risks and not putting that veneer on something that
makes a good show. But to look; how can we get to an art–develop a practice to get
to artistic truth. There’s always that temptation when an audience comes to get
to that performance level, and what we want to say to people for four years is
it’s not about that. It’s developing those practices slowly, with thought and
awareness so that those things become habits. ♫ ♫ ♫
[upbeat jazz music]

3 Comments

  1. WaaDoku 【和ァ独】 Author

    I have a feeling why you deactivated the comments on the video "Shengliang Zhang: Schumann Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17 | Juilliard Murray Perahia Piano Master Class". But I just wanted to write down my opinion as I wasn't able to do so on the aforementioned video. As I said, this is my opinion and you do not have to agree with what I said. I'm open to conversation and learning more about your teaching methods. But here is what I have to say about what I've seen in the video:
    It's ridiculous to assume that anyone could know Schumann's exact feelings and thoughts when he wrote the piece in 1836. One can interpret his notes and the known circumstances of its inception, yes. But nothing more. You, Mister Murray Perahia, cannot know the meaning of his notations for certain. With that being said, why would you force your own interpretation of a piece on a student? Let him interpret it himself and develop his own way of performing it. Guidance is good and I'm sure he appreciates it to hear your interpretation of the piece. However, I think helping young talented pianists like Mister Zhang to develop their own individual style of playing would be the ultimate gift that a prestigious institution like Juilliard could bestow on young talents. The way you forced him to play exactly like you thought would be the most appropriate for him to play is just a sign of bad teaching. No student can read the minds of a teacher, and yet teachers through all levels of education behave like they can (at least that is what transpires from the video. Your intent might have been different). Develop it together. Have a conversation. Don't tell him "Faster faster, no slower! Take your time! More more! Not so loud! This doesn't have passion!" – That's absolutely counter productive and doesn't teach him at all how to get a feeling for the piece, which I think is what you wanted to achieve. He can only guess what you want from him because he does not and cannot have the exact same thoughts and feelings towards this piece as you have. And if he would play it perfectly "correct" after your definition, it would be merely a copy of your interpretation, and not a creative, passionate performance that comes from his heart.
    The intent and circumstances of this performance might have been different as well as your true intent but my opinion is based on what actually transpires and can be seen through this video.

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  2. Madi Blair Author

    I really want to go to this school someday.. I’m just going into the 7th grade this year and this is my dream college. I love acting, singing, and dancing, its my one true passion. The problem is that I live in canada and my family doesn’t have that much money. But despite the problems I’m hopeful i’ll be able to go to this school someday. ❤️

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