Life would definitely be boring without the various forms of performing arts. The performing arts give color and meaning to our lives – it inspires us, it entertains us, it brings people closer. I couldn’t imagine life without them. Can you imagine television shows, movies and theater plays without them? Surely, it would be incomplete and useless.
Music, dance and theater are three of the major performing arts, which also includes opera, drama, spoken words, magic and illusion, mime, puppetry, circus arts, and fine arts performed in a live show. Truly, there are a lot of them – all created to entertain people. Let’s take a closer look at these three kinds:
What is your favorite kind of music – pop, rock, jazz? There is a genre that fits everyone’s taste. Music comes to life when pitch and rhythm are combined. It can be heard through recorded media or live performances. It can be a planned and rehearsed activity, or live and spontaneous.
They often come to us in the form of recorded songs or instrumentals combined by playing musical instruments. They are also rendered live, like in an orchestra. Music is a fluid art form. It can easily combine with words, like what movements render to a dance tune.
Music, particularly songs, speak of life itself and its various complexities. Most, if not all, people could relate to it. People have songs for every occasion or life event – whether happy or sad.
Dance is a rhythmic body movement that follows the rhythm of music. It follows the times and culture of a particular place. Every country has a national dance that represents them and their culture. It identifies them, and make them distinct at the same time.
Each generation is also represented by dance – the old aged era of the 60’s and older years each have a particular type of dance, so do the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000 and up. Each of these generations can be identified with their dance type.
Dance can also be categorized into the following forms:
- Hip Hop
Theater is a combination of the various performing arts – it uses music, dance, drama, spoken words, etc. It involves the performance of an individual or combination of individuals to tell and complete a story. Theater can be categorized into various types, as below:
- Plays – It consists of dialogues or singing performed in front of an audience. Most popular play venues are New York’s Broadway and London’s West End.
- Opera – Opera involves a lot of singing, acting, costumes, background scenery, etc.
- Musicals – A musical tells a story through a combination of music, words, and movement.
- Ballet – This type of dance began during the Italian Renaissance, and later became popular in France and Russia. Terms used in this theater art derives from France.
- Illusions – An illusion plays with our perceived reality by distorting it, making it look unusual to the senses.
- Mime – A mime is a storytelling which only uses body movements and facial expressions.
- Kabuki – Kabuki is a classical Japanese theater art that uses drama, dance, and a lot of make-up used on its performers.
- Classical Dances – A classical can be performed by a solo artist or group of artists. The story is told using music, dance, costumes, and background scenery.
- Stand-up Comedy – Stand-up comedy is a form of spoken art delivered comically in front of a live audience.
- Pantomime – Pantomime is a funny storytelling using music and artists, set on a stage, to entertain families. It is popular in English countries like the UK.