5 Qualities of Performance

Performance is so much more than the obvious element of technique with your tools — clearly you need to be able to do something that an audience is going to enjoy watching.

If you’re someone who is investigating how to create solid performances, here’s a few pointers to help you along the way.

  • Say something. While it need not be the overtness of a story that your piece is saying, we’ve found more successful performances have something to express to the audience watching and that something is more than just some moves that are well strung together.
  • Peaks and Valleys. In the process of saying whatever it is your saying, the act needs some highs and some lows — hills and valleys as it were. The distance between the highs and the lows is the range of the piece. The larger the range, the more interesting the piece will likely be because it will create more of a journey for the audience.
  • Connect with the audience. There are certain kinds of performances where connecting with the audience is much harder than others — on a stage where you can’t see the whole crowd is one that is tougher than a more intimate setting where you can look everyone in the eyes because they are right in front of you. Even still, pushing your energy bubble out toward the audience is a sure way to bring them into the piece and if you can bring them into the performance and make them a part of it, you’ll have the opportunity harness their energy on the stage with you to expand the impact of the piece.
  • Be vulnerable. While people may not be consciously aware of it, our experience often indicates that allowing yourself to be exposed and able to be seen in a way where you could potentially be hurt has more gain than downside. Certainly an audience can be unaffected by what you’re bringing to the stage. But most times, given what we do, they will respond. The more vulnerably you share yourself, the more impacted you can be by the audience. When you are more impacted, then you can reflect more energy back to them which allows them to impact you more, thereby creating an upward spiral of success that will enhance the quality of the performance overall.
  • Use audience appropriate music. It seems like an obvious statement to make — clearly you don’t want to perform with music that will negatively impact the people listening to you. A good example of a bad choice of music might be using some current rap song for an octogenarian audience. A performance is more than what the audience sees which means the music they hear will play a critical part in their appreciation of and willingness to energize your act with their reception of you.

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