Photographer's Note

In performing arts and entertainment, a one person show or solo show is frequently performed by, but not limited to, stand-up comedians. It is similar to stand-up comedy in that it usually involves a solitary performer on stage for about an hour, speaking directly to the audience, thereby acknowledging the absence of the fourth wall.

This term was used for a long time in reference to a large exhibition of artwork by one artist, but that use has fallen out of favor and most often the term has been replaced with, a solo show.

It is worth clarifying the difference between a solo show and a one man show. A one man show when performed by a comic is often an hour of pure stand-up comedy. It can sometimes, but not always, have a theme upon which the comedian meditates.

However, a solo show can have a wider scope. In the preface of the book Extreme Exposure, editor Jo Bonney uses the term "solo performance" to encompass those performers who do not necessarily have a comedic history. She suggests that "at the most basic level, despite their limitless backgrounds and performance styles, all solo performers are storytellers". This is quite a fair assumption given that a number of solo shows have storyline or plot.

Bonney suggest that a "solo show expects and demands the active involvement of the people in the audience"...

...taken just before a live performance in the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the modern art museum of the city...

(Mannheim Modern Sanat Galerisi'nde, bir canlı performanstan hemen önce çekildi.)

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