Performance art may take place anywhere, at any time, and in any location or situation. A type of staging in which the audience walks around the performance area and sees the play in several spots. Also see "Immersive Theatre."
There is no specific place where theatre can be performed. Theatres are usually built with a certain amount of space for audience members to walk around inside during performances. Sometimes there are even separate rooms for each character in a play - these are called "rooms".
The size of these spaces is important because it allows for more freedom of movement for actors while still providing an intimate feeling for audiences. The larger the space, the farther back people can sit from the stage without losing sight of it.
The fact that there is no single right place for theatre means that different types of shows could be created for different locations. For example, a show could be made for the stage of a large theatre like the London Palladium, but also work well in a small club environment. These shows would use different elements (like music or lights) to tell them apart from one another.
The only rule is that whatever the creators do to change or add to the normal set up of a room or area where people can walk around, this must be done for every performance.
The preparation, rehearsing, and staging of a piece is referred to as theatrical production. At a certain time and location, such a work is presented to an audience by live performers who employ either themselves or inanimate creatures, such as puppets, as the medium of presentation. The actors' primary tool for communicating ideas and feelings to the audience is their voice, but they use body language, props, and scene changes to help tell their story.
A theatrical production can be described as a series of events that unfold in a specific order over a certain period of time. These events can include scenes, acts, episodes, or sections. A scene is a discrete event within the play or movie that can stand on its own as an illustration or explanation of some aspect of the drama. An act is a continuous scene within the play or movie. A episode is a brief section of a movie or television program. A stage direction is a description of an action that should be performed by the actor playing that role on the stage. These actions may involve physical movements or simply telling the actor when to begin and end a speech. A script is the written version of a play or movie that describes these events exactly as they are to be performed by the actors.
The process of creating a theatrical production begins with the writing phase. During this time, the writer will develop the idea behind the play or film and flesh out its structure (act I, Act II, etc.).
Performance art is frequently completely non-narrative. Traditional performing arts, by definition, are narrative in nature; they tell stories. Performance artists can narrate tales, but the manner in which these stories are given is frequently unique. Performance artists use physical actions, sounds, and sometimes even smells as characters in their dramas are portrayed through their acts.
Events that we call "happenings" are often performed for audience participation. The artist might encourage this interaction by asking questions after each act, or by directing it toward particular parts of the stage. Happenings often begin with an indication of when and where they will take place. For example, an event might be announced over a loudspeaker, or people could show up at a specific location to find out more about it. Sometimes happenings are not planned ahead of time; instead, the artist creates them as he or she goes along, often based on interactions with the audience or other performers.
Happenings are usually not considered traditional theater because there is no story to follow; rather, the audience participates by joining in various activities during the performance.
People sometimes confuse performances with happenings because both terms are used to describe events that are not intended to be viewed as a whole from start to finish.