This is a section that is still in it’s beginning stage. Please contribute if you can put into words your vision on the issue.
To open the subject, one can maybe say there are two aspects to discuss:
1. Audience Rules
This is the relatively ‘technical’ issue of how performance- and audience-space are defined, and in which way performers are allowed to interact with the audience (see also Formal Agreements/Context).
For example: Are you performing only on stage or also in between the audience? Is the audience allowed to change position or even come on stage? Or is it a ‘4th wall’ performance (where spaces are clearly seperated and performers never acknowledge the presence of the audience at all)?
And: if there are any rules that the audience should know about, how is that communicated to them, prior to (or during) the performance?
2. Relationship and Attitude towards your audience
What is the way you see your relationship with the audience as a performer: Do you need them? How do you use their presence while performing? Do you want them to know that you are improvising or decidedly not? Is the audience for you simply an uninvolved witness, are they accomplices in your deed or are they paying customers (or maybe a combination of the three)?
One term worhtwhile discussing in this context is the issue of ‘hosting’. In how far do you feel responsible for being a ‘good host’ for your audience (in the end, they are your ‘guest’, having come to your performance). Or do you reject seeing your relationship with your audience in this way? Sometimes, the role of the ‘host’ is played by someone else (not the improvisation performers), but always we do have to relate to the fact that there are people who have come to see us. So how do we see our role in this?
Please add your vision on the subject and/or more related questions.