Part Two of TOPIC 3 Section 1
Theatre as Performance Art
Now that we have looked at the definition of art and how theatre is an art form, we now have to look at how theatre is a performance art.
In order to see theatre as a performance art, there have to be performers and there has to be an audience.
A performance is an action that is publicly presented for a group of people.
An audience is a group of people who gathered to witness a presentation at a specific place and time AND who is self-aware of being present as a group for the same purpose.
Let me repeat that...
An audience is a group of people who gathered to witness a presentation at a specific place and time...
AND who is self-aware of being present as a group for the same purpose.
And since both, a "theatrical event" such as football and a "theatre show" required performers and an audience...
We now need to distinguish why a football game is just theatrical while a theatre show becomes performance art.
So what makes a "theatrical event" just that and a "theatre show" performance art?
THREE specific elements: 1. The audience 2. The nature of the event 3. The outcome
Audiences for theatre performances have an artistic self-awareness
Audiences for theatrical events, such as sports, have different goals in mind.
A theatre performance has the spirit of artistic achievement
A theatrical event, such as sports, has the spirit of competition
The outcome of a performance is always known and always pre-determined
The outcome for a theatrical event, such as sports, is never known
So, while a theatrical event and a theatre show both have performers and an audience, only a theatre show is considered performance art.
This has to do with how the three elements work together to make it happen.
For the second part of this topic, it is important to remember to be able to define a performance and an audience.
Also the three elements that help distinguish a theatrical event from performance art, and how the elements do it.