Performing Arts

The type of art in which the artist uses body and voice orvarious objects to convey the artistic expression to an audience is commonlyconsidered to be performing art. This art form combines different disciplinesand their common characteristic is the fact that they are intended for liveperformance.

The art of performing dates back to the 6thcentury BC and it originates from Greece where poets such as Sophocles wroteplays often accompanied by a dance act. Later on, in the Hellenistic period,comedy flourished and was widespread. The development of the performing artswas disrupted with the dawn of the Dark Age. At that time the only desirableforms were religious historical enactments and morality plays, organized by theChurch in celebration of holy days and other important events.

Today, performing arts have four distinctive categories andthey are music, theatre, opera and dance. The sub categories are magic, mime,circus arts and spoken words.

Performers have different professions such as comedians,actors, musicians, dancers and magicians. Related fields of these trades aresongwriting and various stagecraft workers.

The documentaries and video materials provided in thiscategory explore the ever so colorful world of the performing arts.

Discover the past of the hip hop culture in New York. Thedocumentary “Style Wars” takes you back in the 1983 to the beginning of the rapand graffiti writing culture. See the views on this type of art at thatparticular time and the slightly different perspective of the artiststhemselves.

Have a chance to look closely into the budget productionhorror movies, especially those produced and emitted around Halloween. What isthe secret of the tremendous success of these movies and the incredible amountof money that they make?

Watch an incredible documentary about the 90s famous rockstar Kurt Cobain directed by Gus Van Sant. The interesting things about thisparticular documentary is that it uses still and time-lapse photography whichgenerates a particular feeling of absence. Another interesting fact is thatthis film does not represent a common portrait of the main character.

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Performing Arts
The Spelling Competition
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This documentary was directed by Jeffrey Blitz in 2002. Thefilm revolves around the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in 1999 where eightcompetitors are battling for the prize. It was nominated f...

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Halloween – A Cut Above the Rest
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"This documentary is a look into the phenomena of budget production horror movies and in particular those centred around Halloween. With all the box office hits including the series of Halloween movie...

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