I was talking with an IEI friend about how we go about expressing emotion in performance. She said that she accesses memory of when she felt the desired emotion and uses that. I do that too, but find it hard to make a remembered emotion come across intensely if I'm currently in a mood that is at odds to it... I have to colour it with my present feelings. The IEI didn't relate to that - said she just planned to perform a certain way and did. That's pretty completely opposite to what I try to do. That would steal the most enjoyable part of performing away from me, which is to forget every take I've done before when I'm up there and come up with a spontaneous emotional interpretation on the spot. I figure that using my current emotional take of the music is a foolproof way of presenting a seamless and believable emotional experience anyway.
This performer I think is ILE says that her technique is to make up a whole detailed scenario in her head and think about that while she's performing. Not sure if that's typical for ILEs..
An IEE person says she can just imagine she's feeling the emotion she wants to on the spot, so that she's actually feeling what it looks like she is on stage.
Anyone relate? What about other types? I'm just talking about acting in general btw.. so if you haven't performed before, I'd think you could imagine what technique you would use from situations where you've .. uh.. pulled the proverbial wool over someone's eyes through use of emotion.