Sunday, August 27, 2006

New Yorker article on stagefright

Interesting John Lahr article in the current New Yorker on Stagefright. Unfortunately, not available online. A lot about fear and what some performers, who can, do to overcome it. Definitely worth a look.

...the American psycho-analyst Christopher Bollas, who has treated many stage and screen actors, says. "You lose your radar - like a surfer. You can ride a ten-foot wave with real confidence, not thinking about it, just doing it. Then, all of a sudden, you become too self-aware. You think too much. You get wiped out." The paradox of acting is that, like surfing, it requires both relaxation and concentration. If there is concentration without relaxation, or relaxation without concentration, the performance doesn't work.

1 comment:

nada said...

It's funny we were jut talking about this New Yorker piece tonight - and how Stephen Fry is crippled with terrible stage fright - and I'm reading his book on writing poetry now - something one can do without having to worry about stage fright - in fact something one can write without having anyone else ever know you wrote it much less read it -- kinda like blogging - with all the blogs in cyberspace I feel as if by blogging I'm in effect hiding my writing under a rock, out of doors, hidden unless someone stumbles upon it. That somehow feels safe to me.