Performing Arts


The performing arts refer to any artistic medium in which people use their physical presence to express themselves in an artistic manner. In other words, they create art with the movement of their bodies, voices, or performances. The other component that is necessary to performing arts is the audience. The performer, by definition, must have an audience. The performing arts encompass dance, musical theater, magic, opera, concerts, circus acts, theater, and comedy acts. Within those arts are many genres that performers may explore. Theater can be dramatic, comedic, tragic, or a mix of many genres. For that matter, theater can include music, dance, comedy, and even magic. The mixing of genres and styles produce an infinite number of unique performing arts. The boundaries and definition of performing arts are constantly expanding as people invent new ways to share their artistic vision with audiences.

The performing arts have existed at least since early peoples created dances that they performed around evening communal fire, for the their own pleasure and that of their audience. Plays that revolved around creation stories existed in ancient Egypt. Puppet theater was popular in Islamic areas during medieval times. Theater was an important part of ancient Greek life during the Classical and Hellenistic periods. It is believed that theatrical performances existed in very early the Chinese, Japanese and Indian cultures. Kabuki theater, which is characterized by its extravagant make-up and stylized drama, has long influenced Japanese culture. The Indian epic Ramayana that tells of the exploits of deities has been performed for centuries. Plays, ballet and opera thrived during the Renaissance era. Often, religion and belief systems, (specific to each culture), were the subjects of plays, theater and song.

Modern culture has embraced many performing arts and it thrives in various forms. Most ubiquitous in today’s culture are television and films, which brings what was once available only in theaters, plays and performance, into our homes via TV’s and computers. Live theater is popular, especially in large cities like New York City. In the United States, the nucleus of live theater is New York’s Broadway, which stages approximately 40 shows per year. Many large U.S. cities have their own symphony orchestras, operas, ballets, and theater companies. Many performing artists tour the country. Touring theater groups, musicians who go on concert tours and circus acts are among the modern day performers who take their art to audiences, rather than the opposite.

Most of the performing arts have commercial outlets. Theater performances and plays are staged in cities all over the world, in widely varying forms. Musicians perform concerts in genres that include classical, jazz, modern, rock, popular, blues, world music and many more. Dancers can choose from ballet, modern dance, folk, experimental, among many other styles, in which to express their creativity in motion. Circus acts have become better known and more popular, as evidenced by the success of Cirque du Soleil, the modern circus troupe that has performed in front of an estimated 100 million people since 1984. Stand-up comedians and spoken word performers often ply their art solo, standing alone in front of audiences. Some shows mix and meld the disciplines of theatre, music, dance- even magic and non-traditional arts to produce new and exciting, if label-defying, works of performance art.

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Searcy, AR
6484
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Siloam Springs, AR
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Fort Smith, AR
7335
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Bakersfield, CA
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Aptos, CA
15974
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Carson, CA
14477
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Hayward, CA
14749
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Santa Cruz, CA
16775
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Ridgecrest, CA
6342
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
21399
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Fountain Valley, CA
11231
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Sacramento, CA
15946
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Yucaipa, CA
6380
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Torrance, CA
27237
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Los Altos Hills, CA
18293
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Fresno, CA
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Glendale, CA
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El Cajon, CA
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Salinas, CA
10451
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Oakland, CA
1135
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Irvine, CA
13294
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Reedley, CA
15384
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South Lake Tahoe, CA
3206
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Woodland Hills, CA
21928
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Ukiah, CA
4833
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Oakland, CA
1501
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Santa Clara, CA
10954
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Walnut, CA
29935
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San Jacinto, CA
17583
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Fremont, CA
11695
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San Marcos, CA
27442
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Santa Ana, CA
31073
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Sacramento, CA
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San Diego, CA
23211
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San Francisco, CA
9008
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San Jose, CA
12364
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