Going to gigs gives an interesting perspective on being an outsider to events. Always new and different, with so many types of people to meet and entertain. Some days, it almost feels like I am at my boundary, yet this is part of the thrill. How can I juggle for people when each perspective of the context and experience of that moment is different?
Within my social work studies I find part of the answer:
“It is not those differences between us that are separating us. It is rather our refusal to recognize those differences, and to examine our distortions which result from our misnaming them and their effects upon human behaviour and expectation” ~ Audre Lorde
Like the focus of juggling itself, you have to live each context or situation moment by moment to fully connect with each individual audience. I think this is the most challenging part about being an entertainer. I also think it’s the most rewarding part.
Very interesting stuff, Dawn. I enjoy the spiritual aspects of contact juggling, and had never thought of it in quite this way before, how juggling forces one to live in the moment as it changes in real time. Thank you for taking your art to a high level.