Stage Fright - New Yorker articleArticle by John Lahr in the 28 August issue
Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:22 PM
Lahr discusses a number of extreme examples, including Stephen Fry (who fled the country to avoid returning to his starring role in a London play), Ian Holm (who gave up the stage for almost 15 years), and the pianist Glenn Gould (who stopped performing in front of live audiences and once said, "To me the ideal artist-to-audience relationship is one to zero.")
Lahr includes no dancers in his discussion. I wonder what role stagefright plays in the careers of some dancers, and whether any significant careers have been seriously impacted or even terminanted due to it. Or, is there something different about ballet, as compared to theater and musical performance, that reduces the incidence of stagefright?
(To protect the privacy of individuals, we should stick to published or official examples --or those which the dancers themselves have acknowledged.)
Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:35 PM
Posted 24 August 2006 - 01:40 PM
It seems as if it happens to almost everyone at one time or another. A celebrated example, that I would think Lahr would cite although I have not seen his article is that of Laurence Olivier, who was assaulted by such a bad case of it in the Sixties that when he was playing Othello his Iago, Frank Finlay, had to stay in the wings in Olivierís eyeline at all times.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 03:49 PM
By way of attempting an explanation, Lahr quotes Charles Rosen, "The Aesthetic of Stage Fright,"
If stage fright is rare among serious dancers, it raises a number of questions. For example: Is there a fundamental difference between dancing and acting, as far as expressing oneself goes? Or, are people who are attracted to dancing somehow emotionally different from those attracted by acting?
Posted 24 August 2006 - 04:21 PM
I think some performers in all fields have expressed similar sentiments.
Posted 24 August 2006 - 10:23 PM
Posted 25 August 2006 - 11:00 AM
editing to add: But I'm sure there are legitimate angles for us to take. We do have dancers on this board.
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