The Language of Performing Arts

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The Language of Performing Arts

“The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that

it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves

infinite possibilities”

I have always thought that performance is about showing

situation/emotions that others can only dream about, when acting you

are living/creating the life, if only for a moment of infinite number

of possibilities, the above quotes sums up my view perfectly. The Idea

of creating a performance for an audience fires my imagination. I try

to analyse performance to see how things work/don’t work.


In performance there are three stages of development when creating a

performance piece with the first being Improvisation, which involves

the trialling of ideas and techniques such as movement in dance to

create an atmosphere reflecting the stimuli first given. During this

course we have devised and performed pieces in; Dance, Drama, Music

and Combined, all pieces were done in small groups. Some Examples of

the stimuli we used are; “Free Bird” – Lynard Skyner, The Sleepy

Sentinel – Rudyard Tipling and Squenza 111 for Female voice – Berio.

An example of stimuli for drama was a Drama piece called Brazen

(weep), which suggested to a feeling of freedom and reflected

loneliness, all felt that we could create a piece with a central

character that would stop at nothing to get what she wanted, by using

motifs and transitions to create an atmosphere reflective of the

primary atmosphere of given stimuli.

One stage of improvisation is developing the storyline/action of the

piece, which I found to be challenging but however I felt if the


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I feel that during my study of “The language of Performing Arts”. I

have come away this section of the syllabus with a sense of enjoyment

and feel I have learnt lots; I have been able to look deeper into my

understanding of its meaning and I have discovered that there are so

many different elements to it. When used on their own each element

makes a small difference but when combined make a huge difference and

impacts on the understanding of performance for both actor and

audience. I agree with Stanislavski principals of performance and

found his methods to be of the most use in discovering the true

language of performance arts.

To me performance is about both audience and actor, as without an

audience you don’t have a true performance but however performance is

about expression and creative feeling!
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