You may ask yourself which are the Performing Arts and why do they need their own classification? All arts that differ from the plastic arts can be attached to this category. In Plastic Arts creation needs exhaustive palpable materials such as clay, metal, paint or stone forged into an object of art. The former enkindles the passion in the artist’s self and provokes the use of his body, face and presence as a medium to express his artistic charge. Thus, the Performing Arts reckon the comedy, dance, music, opera, acrobatics, circus arts, film and theatre.

The art of music is half complete without its performing side. A musician learns how to play instruments so that they may perform in from of an audience. At shows, or gigs, the artist tries to establish a bridge between his composition and the public, creating the proper atmosphere to influence their emotional state. Modern artists and performers consider dancing inseparable to live performances. Dancing had always had a psychological impact on the public and is as old as humanity itself. Just imagine what powerful meanings can emit the tribal dancing still used in Africa and parts of Australia, as well as by the Amazon tribes. Today we still have traditional dances which are very meticulous in adopting moves and the costumes of the dancer.

Theatron, as the Greeks called the theatre, is also a main branch of the performing arts. With a clear combination of gesture, speech, dance, sound or music, it focuses on making visible a story. The actor finds himself in an uncomfortable position in which he must mutate completely into the character he’s trying to give life. And in this case he cannot make a mistake, imagine the pressure set on the actor. In movies, there is that well known order hauled by the director: “CUT!” which gives the ability of retry a scene, to correct the actor’s mistakes. But in a live performance this is not possible.

All other branches recognized by the Performing Arts are simply correlated either to music, acting or dancing. For example, the acrobatics can easily be interpreted as a side of dancing. The Circus Arts are especially designed for the entertainment of the viewer, to shock, to amaze.

At the end, the Performing Arts occupy a vital role in all main arts enumerated above and most importantly they represent a bridgehead created intentionally for the public. 

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