This is BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo day 3 topic. Do I enjoy acting? Yes, I suppose so, but only if that acting is related to dance.
As a ballet dancer, you have to tell a story without words. The emotion you convey has to be done with only your face and body language. If you’ve been dancing for a long time, you learn how to express anger, happiness, sadness, and other emotions through your facial expressions and how you position each part of your body.
This is the header image of my blog (obviously). Here I am rehearsing for a piece about autumn in which I was the squirrel. The squirrel is trying to look for acorns to sustain her through the winter, and I was trying to convey some sort of longing on my face and with my arms and hands.
This was a more abstract piece. Here it was all about expressing the emotion of the music. What do you think I’m trying to portray here?
And in this one (from 4 years ago) I’m playing a life-size doll. I believe this is on the Dancing page also. As a doll, I’m not supposed to show any emotion, yet this doll is supposed to be fierce (note: the sword).
So yes, I like acting. I love getting to portray something or someone else and I love interpreting music and trying to understand and convey whatever emotion I hear and feel. You get to go to a totally different place and be a totally different person, just for a little while. And, since there’s no speaking involved, you can almost focus MORE on the emotion and the feelings. This is one of the things I miss most about performing.