Things you can do to an audience:

Provoke

Thought provoke

Overwhelm

Control

Free

Confuse

Entertain

Challenge

Reassure

Amuse

Take over

Inspire

Love

Shock

Comfort

Puzzle

Condescend

Trick

Empower

Educate

Manipulate

Lie

Close

Open

But you have to pass through the dancers for all these. As in, whatever it is you want to do to your audience, you'll have to do the exact same thing to your dancers first. No way around it. You eventually relate to your audience in the same way you do to the dancers you're working with.

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