NERD CLINIC: Perceptual & Cognitive Factors in Performance
Indulge your inner dance nerd with this scholarly and practical two-part workshop for dancers, centered on performer confidence and the evaluative processes of their audiences.
The way people’s brains work affects their impressions of a performance -- something worth considering in creating choreographed and improvisational work. In this program, I address concepts of “top-down” vs. “bottom-up” influences on sensory perception; “feedback loops” in the cognitive process; and how preconceptions and preconscious processes can trigger unconscious evaluations in performers and audiences.
You’ll gain with a better understanding how you may be seen by your audiences, and a “cognitive checklist” to apply to your creative work, to enhance your chances of making a great impression. This two-part program consists of a little over 4 hours of recordings, which were given in two live webinars with slideshow and discussion. The recordings are viewable for lifetime access on the Ginger City website, and there are PDF worksheets to take notes and apply the concepts to your own dance work.