We had an informal performance yesterday for our benefactor and it brought up some things I never think about as a performer. There is the dancer in rehearsal, and there is the dancer in performance. What about those in between performances? What information can you gather from that sort of pressure/performance? There is no real right or wrong answer to the question, but it all informs us as performers.
We add layers upon layers of experience with every performance we have. As we become more seasoned, new things are discovered and explored. This is what keeps things fresh even after repeating a dance over and over again. No one performance will ever be the same as the one before so we are trained to adapt and move on. This is where the real beauty arises. Where the unexpected lives and makes itself known just when you thought this time was just like the time before.