Against Breaking the Fourth Wall

Think of a live performance stage as having four invisible walls that box in the action area.  When performer then “breaks the fourth wall” that means there is a direct interaction with the audience by shattering the pretend “wall” that invisibly stands between the live space and the perceivers.

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Reading the Audience

If you’ve ever appeared before a live audience — or if you’ve created something that was presented to a live audience for you — you are well aware of the symbiotic power between performer and audience and you have learned to immediately recognize the subtle clues an audience provides to tell you if they’re with you or not.  Getting them with you is hard; keeping them with you is harder.

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