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Live performances before an audience are a form of entertainment. The development of audio and video recording has allowed for private consumption of the performing arts.

The performing arts often aims to express one's emotions and feelings

Participation in the city-state's many festivals—and mandatory attendance at the City Dionysia as an audience member (or even as a participant in the theatrical productions) in particular—was an important part of citizenship.



Many artists have made work centered upon identity. Often, they are driven by their own experiences of discrimination, or by their personal struggles to come to terms with who they are or to find a place or community in which they feel comfortable. 



By the early 1960s, the increasingly porous border between visual art and dance was breached—both by dancers who were developing choreography that crossed into performance artinstallation, and sculpture and by artists trained in and inspired by dance, who developed work in a range of mediums. Through such interdisciplinary presentations, they broadened the possibilities for both dance and visual art. Contemporary dancers and artists alike continue to take dance off of the stage into art galleries, museums, and the street.

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All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act. Artists engage and collaborate with audiences in many different ways

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