Practice: Performance - Currently no debate

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Related Practice(s):
Theatre


Related Terms:
Audience

The word audience ackowledges that all those attending to a performance, with whatever senses, are a collective with collective emotions. In performance the audience, although usually outside the performance itself (extradiegetic) has an effect on the performance. All performers talk about this effect, the way the energy and behaviour of the audience affects their performance, hence “good, bad, lively, dead etc audiences”. Some performances encourage audience participation at various levels, even to the point of bringing the audience as a whole, or members of it, into an intradiegetic position (inside the performance). This kind of high level participation can sometimes be considered a form of co-authorship.

Stuart Jones