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Photograph: Bob Raymond
A bit leaky
At about 9pm a very large and very loud brass band started playing at the foot of the front stairs – I decided that was a good time for a toilet break – I didn’t re-engage my energy on coming back out and was accosted by patrons touching me and holding onto me and telling me how wonderful the piece was. I was concerned I wasn’t concentrated enough and leaky in my energy, allowing these interuptions.
Tyler: You mentioned getting into it, for me I noticed the hardest time you had for that was after the first break
Amanda: Yes! I went in, had a wee and nervously adrenaline-filled I yabbered in the green room on my way back out. Coming back out (to the Gallery) I forgot to center myself again. I had lots of lovely people as I’m walking along, saying ‘Oh my god you’re so fabulous’ and ‘where are you from’ and I’m answering (like I would in) everyday, ‘Oh great, Oh lovely, thanks very much.’
I’m not in everyday life here, I totally cocked up!
I forgot to just (breath in) center and walk out the door.
I just yakyakyak, walking out the door (into the Gallery)
Liz: party environment
Tyler: yeh it was and it was right after the brass band had been playing and that was really a moment, because this loud music
Marilyn: and the stairs were vibrating
Amanda: The Irish consulate (to Boston) came up to me then too and said, ‘how are ya Amanda it’s Micheal Lonergan, how are ya doing.’ I stopped shook his hand, folded my arms and said ‘how are ya, thanks for coming, yes great event,’ had a short chat and eventually said ‘I might get back to my job’. My leaky energy invited that kind of interaction, people aren’t stupid, it’s a certain, - energy is an inadequate word - concentration that people read off you.
Tyler: It was interesting watching how people were reacting to you.
Amanda: I had some lovely people who very friendly and chatty. I didn’t feel that they were trying to grab at me or anything they just wanted a verbal interaction and I’m very nonverbal (in performance).