Audiences tend to give a lot of standing ovations these days - what do you think about this practice?
Certainly I am happy for an appreciative audience for classical music and performers. But sometimes it seems like a standing ovation is no longer a special kind of tribute, that anyone who gives a passable performance will earn a standing ovation.
What do you do, when you see a performance but feel it's rather mediocre, yet everyone around you is standing? Do you remain seated? Or do you join in?
Of course it depends a little on the context. For example, how about the student recital, where someone gives a clearly stand-out performance? Is it okay for the parents to rise to their feet? Or when a beloved artist returns to the stage after a hardship? Those kinds of standing ovations seem to mean something as well.
Does a standing ovation always need to be reserved for superhuman feats?
What are your thoughts about standing ovations? Do you participate in them? Have you seen standing ovations that seemed out of place? Or do you feel that most live performances deserve a standing ovation? If you are a performer, do they bolster your spirit?
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