According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of performing arts is quite simple: “Presentations that are performed for an audience.” Of course, for more than two years, audience-based presentations have been greatly curtailed. Here’s some interesting information about various types of performing arts which have returned to the stage.
No performances highlight great music combined with great drama quite like opera. San Francisco Opera’s Kip Cranna has provided some video clips to demonstrate.
In 1760, a new method of notating dance steps was invented — and it’s still used today, according to Harvard Professor Thomas Kelly.
The very first collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein was the smash hit musical Oklahoma. Kaufman Music Center’s Sean Hartley explains how the composer and lyricist chose to begin the show with a musical style that was quite different from any other Broadway show’s opening song.
Grace Overbeke teaches comedy writing at Columbia College, and explains in this video clip how female comedians are often overlooked.
Virtual productions streamed over the internet became far more popular during the recent pandemic, for obvious reasons. Bard College President, Leon Botstein, explains how not all types of performances translate well to a “non-live” format.
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