Ingrid and the clavichord visited the Hanseatic Museum at Bryggen on the 7th of August. We played for loads of tourists, experimenting with means of creating contact with people by being visible/invisible in various ways.
I was surprised that it was easier to gather a focus on the music when I was wearing a baroque dress: It was an eye-catcher, of course. But instead of taking attention away from what I really wanted to focus on – the music – I was able to bring their positive interest with me into the performance situation.
Maybe the dress worked as a uniform or costume – it signaled that I was part of the show, and thus okay to talk to.
When I put on my black concert dress, it was much harder to get in touch with people: They looked much more embarrassed when I approached them.