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Friday, August 18, 2017

Fun Friday Near or Far

Fun Friday Near or Far

 Any phrase using the words near and far always reminds me of a quote from Dr. Seuss: “From near to far, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” (from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish).

It is helpful to consider this near and far idea for every performance. How close is the audience? Are you performing in a large theatre that seats a few thousand people? Or is it a studio performance where you are right on top of the audience?

This is important. The stage make-up required for a large theater is much heavier and more pronounced, whereas for a studio audience make-up is applied with a lighter hand – more like heavy street make-up.

But mostly, the way a dancer projects – from movement to facial expressions – is determined by whether the audience is near or far. So often dancer’s expressions are too exaggerated for a small theatre, or not exaggerated enough for a huge venue.

Always consider whether the audience is near or far and adjust your make-up and presentation to match.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21k:
“Remember where the audience is: near or far.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Time is the longest distance between two places.”
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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