A few years ago, we went to visit friends in Brussels for a weekend. They had booked tickets for a dance performance, and I went to see the show without knowing anything about piece, the choreographer or the company. It was a beautiful, mesmerizing and wholly uplifting experience! I really felt I had witnessed something extraordinary!*
This made me think about what it feels like physically to encounter inspiring performances. It gives me this wonderfully warm and glowing feeling all over the body, coupled with a slight flutter in the stomach. The whole body is flooded with wonder and pleasure. There’s a sense of being completely enthralled, of falling in love, maybe even of some sort of erotic attraction! Sometimes I fall a bit in love with one of the performers/director/designer and seek out to be in their ‘presence’ by reading their words, watching them on video, etc. This fades away quite quickly, but what stays is a memory of a significant moment/experience, in which there was a sense of a profound encounter – or dare I say communion - with the performers, the production team and the audience. This memory becomes food for the soul, a moment of happiness, something uplifting that cannot be easily put into words.
Inspiring performance has this impact – something that can’t (yet) be measured and quantified, but creates a deep sense of wellbeing.
* The show I saw in Brussels was Co. Käfig’s Pixel. Enjoy the trailer!