[Perform-talk] Physical aspects of performing?

Marissa Tejeda marissat789 at gmail.com
Sat May 16 23:31:25 UTC 2015


I go to the California School for the Blind.  When I sing in Glee 
Club, and on stage, as I did on Wednesday and Thursday in a 
Spring concert, I stand straight with my hands at my sides.  I 
face the audience and sing.  Occationally, I may sway slightly, 
if I'm feeling the music.

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From: Masha Sten-Clanton via Perform-talk 
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Subject: [Perform-talk] Physical aspects of performing?

Here in New England there's a weekly show, Community Auditions, 
which is
a televised singing competition.  The contestants are usually 
by a band while they sing.  After each performance, three judges 
give the
contestant feedback, along with a rating from 1 to 10.

Since I'd like to audition for the show, I've been paying 
attention to the judges' comments.  A lot of them have to do with 
how the
contestants come across visually.  Besides their vocal technique,
contestants are praised or criticized on their enthusiasm, how 
move, and how they interact with the band.

As a totally blind person, I was constantly warned to be careful 
untoward movements.  I'd like to know from blind singers: How did 
learn to look, and feel, comfortable with your body onstage? How 
do you
stand in a position that looks natural? What do you do with your 
(if you're not playing an instrument)? How do you build movement 
your performance? (In high school I wwas criticized for not
incorporating hand gestures into a song.) And how do you interact 
with a
band while performing? (I'm presuming that the only way would be 
rehearse with them, and establish rapport, beforehand, so that 
that rapport will be apparent to the audience.)

I think there was a panel at the national convention about this 
last year, but I was unable to attend the convention.  Is there a
recording of it somewhere?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated -- I'd really like to try 
for this show!



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