at least that's how it was for me.
never quite comfortable
with my relationship to the audience
especially after i had so desperately
tried to not acknowledge them sitting there...
and now i have to BOW?
luckily for me, in my first professional gig,
the amazing Lise Bruneau
taught me how to bow.
a simple and graceful gesture,
a lovely little half bow, humble and grand
now, i pass her bow on to other young actors...
it shows respect, humility, appreciation, submission, sincerity, apology;
the deeper the movement and longer the duration, the greater the meaning.
the performing arts bow is mostly borrowed from european aristocratic/court etiquette.
men typically bow and women typically curtsy.
according to human sociobiologist, desmond morris,
gender differentiation of the bow in theatre
occurred in the 17th century and maintained until the 20th century.
there are quite a few ways an actor bows depending on the type of play, the period of play,
the gender and class of character, the costume, style and genre of play, size of house
and company policy.
links of interest:
manners and movements in costume plays
published before 1923 but recently reissued.
the naked woman by desmond morris