Solo travel is an experience like none other. You feel like a different person, understand life in a different way and you always return changed, on a very fundamental level. Solo travel explains freedom in a way like no other: It allows you to enjoy a destination on your own terms – without the distractions or the schedule of others. It gives you time for contemplation and personal growth. It shows you the importance of the journey, more than the destination.
People who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as an almost spiritual experience. To take in new surroundings unfiltered by the prejudices, tastes or preferences of a traveling companion can be heady stuff. Traveling alone gives you the chance to indulge yourself fully, liven up the senses and truly experience each moment, in the moment. Plus, you also get to realize sides of yourself that were hidden, suppressed or just simply undiscovered. The solo journey happens both internally and externally.
Going solo, in anything, takes courage. It involves earnest determination, coming to terms with uncertainty and a whole-hearted belief in one’s self to move forward. There will always be the element of risk and fear of the consequences that accompany that, but the truly determined understand the importance of the attempt; the result becomes secondary. It’s ok to fail, if that’s how the cards fall. But without trying, you’ll never know if you can succeed either.
The journey of a solo performer is very similar to a solo traveler. The stage is like a new destination for them every time, which they can explore as much they want. Creating entire worlds on stage from within the realm of the imagination, the possibilities are limitless. A distinctive trait of solo performance resides in its frequent lack of a fourth wall separating the performer from the audience, stating that a “solo show expects and demands the active involvement of the people in the audience”. Each audience is different and brings its own energy to each show of a performer and when the artiste is up on that big stage alone feeding off the energy of a crowd it can be a very profound experience. Many times these solo performances help the performer explore himself even further, grow and evolve incredibly as a person as well as a performer.
The audience perspective is also distinctive. Each audience member has their own individual experience during the performance and yet the audience appears as one single entity, reacting almost in unison to the antics on stage. It’s a solo journey here too, nestled within the collective experience.
Come witness the solo experience at the Going Solo International Theatre Festival 2015 this October in your city! Watch 3 fascinating solo plays – BigMouth, In The Window and One Man Star Wars and soak in the courage and brilliance of the art in each performance.