“In the performing arts, there is generally some contest between the performer and the thing being performed, and audiences can frequently get their pleasure from evaluating the one against the other. Yet nothing is more exciting to an audience than performing that is so far out of itself and into the subject of the performance that the two can’t be separated. When that happens, we have the illusion of absolute art, though we know it is only an illusion.”
-Arlene Croce, Afterimages p. 420
“Any parachuter will tell you that the adrenaline rush that comes from jumping out of a plane is often followed by an intense feeling of let-down after landing. The same thing happens when you finish a big show. Performers of all kinds know there’s very little logic to those icky feelings that come creeping in the days and weeks after performance. You just did something extraordinary—shouldn’t you feel great?”
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