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To Clap or Not to Clap

The age-old relationship between audience and performer
“The action of clapping is actually a quite primitive one, initially being used in response to being aroused.” –Amanda Mehtala, Theatre in Paris The creative process of performing arts is overwhelmingly conducted away from the eyes of an audience, but ultimately, it must be presented to others in order to become a performance. The relationship between performer and audience is as old as theatres, as old as jesters and courts and amphitheatres, old as the dances that occurred in front of firelight in the before-times. The theatre presents a unique space, wherein the creation and suspension of belief occur. As we enter the playhouse, the tent, the auditorium, we make a secret silent pact, to leave the outside behind and enter a new world. This is not a table and a chair, no, this is ancient Greece, this is my internal mind, this is the future that could have been. This is a marvel, and that is a wonder. The entering is important...
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Nadia Jade

Nadia Jade is a Brisbane-based creative and entrepreneur who works in and around the circus sector. She works for circus production company Cluster Arts and is on the board of Vulcana circus, as well as the force behind alt-arts review site, Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane. She first fell in love with circus watching madcap sideshow at festivals in the early 2000’s, and that remains her default happy place of choice.