The type of art in which the artist uses body and voice or various objects to convey the artistic expression to an audience is commonly considered to be performing art. This art form combines different disciplines and their common characteristic is the fact that they are intended for live performance.

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

Today, performing arts have four distinctive categories and they 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 are songwriting and various stagecraft workers.

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

Discover the past of the hip hop culture in New York. The documentary “Style Wars” takes you back in the 1983 to the beginning of the rap and graffiti writing culture. See the views on this type of art at that particular time and the slightly different perspective of the artists themselves.

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

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


Latest Documentaries in Performing Arts

The Spelling Competition
The Spelling Competition

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This documentary was directed by Jeffrey Blitz in 2002. The film revolves around the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in 1999 where eight competitors are battling for the prize. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Yana Gorskaya's editing won the ACE Eddie award in the category of best documentary editing. This documentary also won the Emmy for Cultural and Artistic Programming while Jeffrey Blitz was nominated for the best director award. This documentary was included in the IDA Top 25 Documentaries of all-time in 2007, by the members of the International Documentary Association, who ranked it at fourth place. The participants of the competition appear on the DVD cover and their names, from left to right, are Neil Kadakia, Emily Stagg, Ashley White, April DeGideo, Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Nupur Lala and Ted Brigham. The winner of the first National Spelling Bee held in 1925, Frank Neuhauser, appears in the documentary as well.Watch more competition by clicking here.

Halloween – A Cut Above the Rest
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 movies starting in 1978 this documentary looks at why these have proven to be so popular and indeed profitable for the film industry.What are the key characteristics and the elements required to produce a money making horror film with the popularity to allow sequel after sequel to capture this annual Halloween event? The following are some of the keys in “Halloween”:Boogyman, Spooky characters, pretty teenagers, babysitters, shot in a fast pace, Kids vulnerable to superstition – enter Halloween Haunted house, Blood and suspense, Classic suspense music, Correct casting.Amazingly the title Halloween had never been used in any other film name!! This became a characteristic movie for the now renowned John Carpenter who worked with Debra Hill on the script and final production of this all time best selling series. Jamie Lee Curtis was cast as the star of the movie very low budget film…the film was produced for only a $120K budget but has grossed millions.

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