Once the show is over, the audience usually claps and the performers bow. This ritual is the end of the end. The audience thanks the performers with their ovation. The performers receive this gratitude with their bow, which is showing their humbleness to the audience. Both sides mutually recognize their importance in making the event possible. A little ritual in which we give recognition and gratitude for what was can be a good way of closing. Thanks to all the people that have inspired me and continue to inspire me. Thanks to all the people that have read and continue to read. Thanks to all the people who have responded to this series in a variety of ways. Thanks for the gift of existence and experience. Life is a live art. Let’s continue!
Recognition can mean praise and affirmation of merit. If this is what the live artist is pursuing with their work, they can end up going crazy, because what some like will for sure not be liked by others. The safest way is to please one’s own sense of what the work should be, listening inside and turning down the volume of others’ reactions. Recognition can also mean perception of the existence of something. This is absolutely essential for live art. Without an audience that is present, with senses open to perceive what is unfolding before them, the performance cannot really stand. We are social beings, we need to feel that we belong and that we are seen by others, simply because we are, without having to do anything. However, when we start pining for others to confirm that we are valuable because of what we do, the ground can become shaky.