The Dating Thing: A Performance

I’ve started to figure that Performance Poetry or Spoken Word does not have to conform to specific rules. I’m choosing to interpret the form as an oral sharing of an idea, an emotion or a story. This could rhyme or not, it could involve gestures or not, could include voice intonations or not. As long as it reaches out and touches my listener, I’ll consider it complete.

With this in mind, I prepared for Rochelle’s second edition of ‘Words Tell Stories’ (the first of which saw me in my debut performance called Paper Plane). I had had a difficult month falling sick every single week and a rough few days after I saw NH10. So I picked a cheerful piece, one I had written years ago as a blogpost. I had been working on it for awhile now and I felt like I needed to end this month on a positive note.

Here is my performance and the post that it is based on: The Dating Thing.

I’m happy to say that it went off as well as I wanted it to go. I will watch the video and analyse how I could have said something better or conveyed the idea with a different eyeroll, a more evocative gesture. But for now, coffee?

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7 thoughts on “The Dating Thing: A Performance

  1. ideafan March 26, 2015 at 01:10 Reply

    Brilliant! Very smooth and confident.loved the outfit too!


    • IdeaSmith March 26, 2015 at 01:15 Reply

      @ideafan: Thank you! Encouraging readers and now, listeners keep me going. 🙂


  2. Vivek Srivastava March 26, 2015 at 03:38 Reply

    Good going!


    • IdeaSmith April 29, 2015 at 18:41 Reply

      @Vivek Srivastava: I just saw this comment for some reason! Thank you for visiting my blog, for listening and for your encouragement. 🙂


  3. Lakshmi March 27, 2015 at 23:00 Reply

    Nicely done! Why were the girls going “awww?”


    • IdeaSmith March 27, 2015 at 23:17 Reply

      @Lakshmi: 🙂 That was a couple of my goth teen friends. I’m taking it as a compliment that they thought it likeable and not cheesy.


  4. […] your own peace. Last month, at her second event, I took my audience along on a first date with ‘The Dating Thing’. It was a story of wide-eyed hope and falling in […]


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