I want to use this photo (by the amazing @567click
) and this post to talk about something that means a lot to me.
As performers, it is our job to make the art we create look effortless. You should never see the blood, sweat, tears, and years of training it took, when sitting in the audience. But this doesn’t mean the audience should ever look past the amount of soul that goes into each step, song, movement, and production.
Sometimes art can be hard to understand, but that’s the beauty in it too. It is one of the only things in life that is not interpreted for you. If you are open-minded, you should be able to connect to it in your own way, even if that’s not the intended meaning. It’s truly amazing.
This all being said...The audience has a job too. In order to make this connection, one must disconnect from the outside world. It’s like going to see a movie. Would you play on your phone in the cinema? Would you talk to the person next to you? No you wouldn’t, and if you do please stop. But I see this in my shows every day!!!
It’s disheartening as a performer to watch somebody sit in your performance and not at least try to connect. Its hard to watch them sit there with their arms crossed and their eyes rolling. It’s hard to watch them be so rude. But it’s not only about me. It’s sad, and I honestly feel bad for them. They must really be lacking creativity and emotional elements in their own life to not be able to try and appreciate the art in front of them.
How hard is it to act entertained by the girl hanging from two wires flipping around in front of you? Or the dancer kicking his face? Or the singer belting her lungs out? When the entire audience around you is clapping along, don’t sit there looking bored. At least give us a smile. Take a few minutes away from being “cool” and actually enjoy yourself. It’s not hard.
Appreciate the arts people.
Thank you. The end.