by Anna Marie Shogren
Sunday November 21, 3pm, Brooklyn Arts Exchange
Conversations in the performance community can fall to worry over incestuous audiences as seats of dance, theater, performance venues often fill with artists directly involved in these mediums. It leads an insider to speculate about the attraction to the form in general, a la Franny and Zooey. JD Salinger rants rather nicely, “It seemed in such poor taste, sort of, to want to act in the first place. I mean all the ego. And I used to hate myself so, when I was in a play, to be backstage after the play was over. All those egos running around feeling terribly charitable and warm.” Yes, performance holds opportunity for conflicting feelings of importance between those on and off stage, uncomfortable for both parties. Yet, as live time based work lays most responsibility on the side of the artist, hopefully the audience’s experience does not get handled lightly. Not wanting to be impolite, we viewers do the basics; we watch throughout their chosen duration and offer an affirming response after. Jesus prayer help us if the composer or performers reveled in our given attention.