AdministratorJune 2, 2017 at 8:02 am
Sounds like an interesting challenge. I wonder if the solution may have more to do with training to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable, as opposed to trying to get more comfortable in the performance situation itself. Because it sounds like given the context of the show, you’re never going to feel as calm and relaxed in this show as you do at home. So rather than trying to slow down your breathing, relax muscles, etc. on stage, would it be possible to try to simulate as much of what you’ll be doing on stage at home? Even if it’s abbreviated a good bit, running around, dancing, interacting with an imaginary audience and getting your heart rate up and then playing the challenging piece might be better practice.
I’m reminded of a shooting drill Steve Kerr apparently did in his playing days, which speaks to the importance of training for what the performance situation demands: https://www.coachup.com/nation/articles/steve-kerr-shooting-workout