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The Magical Nightlife of the Demimonde

Part 4: Chanson Ancienne

Chanson Anciennne marks that magic, indefinable moment when you first walk on stage. It’s almost as if you cross an invisible line from the real world into a magical realm! This really is ‘the lure of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd!’ As Baltasar Gracian said "put yourself on view - this brings your talents to light." By walking out on stage in front of a spotlight you are certainly baring all. I love the way it also shows all aspects of the stage at once. You have the relative boredom and unease of the person waiting backstage before they go on; the happy entertainer in full glow, and then the smiling reaction of the audience.

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