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greg dahlen

Alumnus, academy of achievement

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If you were to do any artistic performance for people what would it be? If you also wrote it what would it be about?

Would you do standup comedy? Sing? What might you write jokes about, or songs about? Or act? What might you write a scene about?

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    Feb 22 2013: How about Morris Border dances at farmers markets? If I knew how to paint plein-air, I would have no problem doing it in public.
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      Feb 22 2013: Don't know what Morris Border dances are, but offhand they sound good. What are they?

      How gratifying would it be for you to do one of these activities in public? Enough that you'd learn how to do them, or perhaps you already know the dance?
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        Feb 23 2013: You should look for a youtube of Morris Dancing. You could look up White Ladies Ashton (the name of a Welsh flower or town, I think) or Fanny Frail.

        Actually, it's more like I would do them for the fun of them rather than because performing itself would be a motivation. It is just that these art forms tend to be done in public and you asked about art performance.
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          Mar 2 2013: so basically there's no more fun for you in doing something in public than doing something in private? That's a little hard to believe, Fritzie, it has to change the experience to do something in public, doesn't it?
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        Mar 2 2013: It changes the experience to do something in public, but some things many of us do for ourselves. An audience may be irrelevant or may even subtract.
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          Mar 10 2013: What do you think of the saying, "The more the merrier"?
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        Mar 10 2013: I think it applies to some things and not to others. More of something is not necessarily better.

        I have one dog. I don't think more would be better.
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          Mar 14 2013: But more of an audience? I think of TED conversations as a public performance. If you and I were sitting alone in a room talking, Fritzie, well, I don't think I'd enjoy it as much as talking to you in these public spaces. It feels good to me to think my ideas are affecting more than just you. Don't you feel the same way?
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        Mar 14 2013: I am happy at the possibility of helping someone, or several people, think differently or more carefully about an issue that interests them.

        There are other conversations I prefer to have in private.

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