About Performing Arts

What is meant by performing arts?
Performing arts is a collection of different art forms wherein the artists make use of their body movements and/or their voices, often in relation with the other objects, for conveying their artistic feelings and/or expressions. These art forms are quite unlike pure visual arts wherein artists make use of canvas and/or paints or other creative materials for creation of static art objects. There are various disciplines that constitute performing arts, but the common thread between all of them is that they’re all intended to be presented in front of live audiences.

Who are performers?
Performers are artists who’re skilled at presentation of performing arts in front of live audiences. Some of the commonly known examples of performers are singers, dancers, circus artists, stand-up comedians, actors and magicians. Different types of performing arts are also backed and supported by people skilled in other related fields like stagecraft, choreography, songwriting etc.
Performers who’re excellent in all three forms of performing arts namely – dancing, singing and acting are known as ‘triple threats’! Some of the well-known ‘triple threats’ from the history are artists like Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Performers normally have to camouflage into or adapt to their appearances by taking help of costumes, sound, stage-lighting and stage make-up.

Different types of performing arts
Performing arts include art forms like Opera, dance, magic, puppetry, musical theatre, music, illusion, theatre, spoken word, circus arts, public speaking, mime, recitation and more. There’s another special variant of fine art which involves artists performing their works live to audiences – this is known as performance art. Performance arts also involve some kind of plastic art, which could be in the form of props creation. In fact, dance used to be considered a plastic art form in the Modern dance era.

Education in performing arts
Performing arts is an integral part of primary and secondary education in many countries. Students are also allowed to specialize in performing arts of their choice during the later parts of their schooling years. Different performing arts like theatre, music and dance serve as key elements of cultural exchanges between different school students at both local and international levels. Such sort of engagement via formal or informal participation enables students to create lifelong memories.
The expected end result of performing arts education may vary from student to student. While some people may choose to learn performing arts to engage in and better understand their own and others’ cultures, others may simply learn them for getting an edge in their professional careers. It may be necessary for the people belonging to the latter category to start training from the early stages of their lives, especially in case of circus arts and classical ballet.