Journey Through the World of Performing Arts



9 Questions

What is the definition of performing arts?

Which of the following is NOT a type of performer?

What is the aim of performance?

Which of the following is NOT included in performing arts?

Where did Western performing arts begin?

What are the different forms of theatrical events in Iran?

What are the different art forms prevalent in southern India?

When did references to theatrical entertainments in China date back to?

What is the cultural theme of Melanesian dance?


Performing Arts: The Use of the Body for Artistic Expression

  • Performing arts are live performances for an audience, including theatre, music, and dance.
  • Artists who perform in front of an audience are called performers, including actors, comedians, dancers, magicians, and musicians.
  • Performing arts can be performed in purpose-built buildings, open-air stages, tents, or on the street.
  • Performance aims to express emotions and feelings.
  • Performing arts include dance, music, opera, theatre, puppetry, circus arts, stand-up comedy, improv, wrestling, and performance art.
  • Dance is a powerful impulse channeled by skillful performers into something that becomes intensely expressive and can delight spectators.
  • Music is an art form that combines pitch, rhythm, and dynamic to create sound and can occur in live or recorded formats.
  • Western performing arts began in Greece in the 6th century BC and saw a revival during the Renaissance.
  • Indigenous African performance traditions are rooted in ritual, storytelling, movement, and music.
  • In Iran, there are various forms of theatrical events such as Naghali, Ru-Howzi, Siah-Bazi, Parde-Khani, and Mareke giri.
  • Indian performing arts can be traced back to the religious ritualism of the Vedic peoples in the 2nd millennium BC.
  • Kālidāsa is considered ancient India's greatest dramatist, known for plays inspired by the Ramayana and Mahabharata.A brief history of performing arts in different parts of the world is given below:


  • The earliest Indian plays were Sanskrit dramas, the most famous of which were written by Kalidasa.
  • Bhavabhuti, Harsha, and many other dramatists followed during the Middle Ages.
  • Different art forms like Koodiyattam, Nangyarkoothu, Kathakali, Chakyar koothu, Thirayattam were prevalent in southern India.


  • References to theatrical entertainments in China date back to 1500 BC during the Shang dynasty.
  • During the Tang dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong formed an acting school known as the Children of the Pear Garden to produce drama that was primarily musical.
  • Shadow puppetry first emerged as a recognized form of theatre in China during the Han dynasty.


  • Traditional plays based on plots drawn from Indian epics have been staged in Thailand since the Middle Ages.
  • The theatrical version of Thailand's national epic Ramakien, a version of the Indian Ramayana, remains popular in Thailand.


  • Inscriptions dating back to the 6th century AD indicate evidence of dancers at a local temple and using puppetry for religious plays.
  • At the ancient capital Angkor Wat, stories from the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata have been carved on the walls of temples and palaces.


  • Ibong Adarna and Florante at Laura are two famous epic poems in the Philippines.
  • José Rizal, the Philippine's national hero, created the two famous novels, Noli Me Tángere and El Filibusterismo, during the colonization of the Philippines by the Spanish Empire.


  • During the 14th century, small companies of actors in Japan performed short, sometimes vulgar comedies.
  • Zeami Motokiyo is considered one of the finest child actors in Japan and adapted his style into what is today Noh.
  • Ningyō jōruri and kabuki are two of the most popular forms of theatre in Japan.


  • Melanesian dance exhibits a cultural theme of masculinity where leadership and a unique skill set are important for sharing with the community.
  • The costumes of impersonating dancers incorporate large masks and unhuman-like characteristics that act to imitate mythical figures.


Test your knowledge of the diverse world of performing arts with this quiz! From theatre and music to dance and puppetry, this quiz covers various forms of artistic expression across different cultures and time periods. Discover the origins of Western performing arts, the traditions of indigenous African performance, and the various theatrical events in Iran. Learn about the earliest Indian plays and famous dramatists, the history of theatrical entertainments in China, and popular forms of theatre in Japan. Get ready to explore the world of performing arts

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