By musician and Talking Heads founding member David Byrne, currently appearing on Broadway in "David Byrne's American Utopia":
I've been a performer all my life. At some point in my life, I realized that these experiences changed me as a person. I realized this was a collective kind of ritual going on that was healing for me, and sometimes it had a similar effect on the audiences as well.
Most of the time this experience seems to be not about me as an individual, but about me and my collaborators enabling a group social experience. We act as a catalyst and enabler of a moment that lets everyone experience something that allows them to transcend themselves for a moment.