Author name: Gillian Rhodes

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How to Deal with Stage Fright

Let’s be real: stage fright isn’t just for newbies. It’s something that can continue, even with experienced performers and public speakers. Stage fright can come in various levels and affect people in different ways. For some it can be almost incapacitating. I don’t usually get nerves before performances anymore, but I’ve also been performing for

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Are Dance Degrees Worth It?

I know what you’re thinking – dance degrees are probably useless. There are many reasons: dance careers are short, it won’t be recognized by anyone but dance companies, etc. However, the situation is a bit more nuanced, and that’s what I’ll be looking at it in this article. To start with, I’ll talk about the

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Stage Presence vs Stage Persona

Stage presence and stage persona are both terms used, sometimes interchangeably, in the performing arts. They don’t mean the same thing, however, and refer to different skills. Still, both are great assets for any performing artist, and indeed, having a strong stage presence is something that could be make or break for performers. While some

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Catching Light International Collaboration

Catching Light is a collaboration between Croatian sculptor Milivoj Šegan and American performer Gillian Rhodes. Milivoj’s digital light paintings of ‘lumino mobile’ are created by putting light in hand-created terracotta sculptures and then photographed with long exposures. Gillian then projected the results onto a white screen and danced in and out of the projections. Finally,

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All These Faces Are Mine

There is no disguise: all these faces are mine. All These Faces Are Mine is a collaborative photography exhibition bringing together photographer Moin Anjum, makeup artist Iftikhar ul Hassan, and The Performer. The series deals with themes of gender identity, drag, and gender presentation. The exhibition presents four characters: two which are ‘typically’ male and

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