A Performance You Watched Recently
- What was it?
- When you watched it?
- How did you feel about it?
A Performance You Watched Recently
- I get plenty of opportunities to attend a live performance and I’d like to talk to you about a show I attended just two weeks back.
- It was a mime show. And it was my first experience of this unique art.
- Actually mime is a technique in which the story is narrated only through body movements and facial experience.
- In other words, artists communicate with the audience without uttering a single word.
- This performance left me totally spellbound.
- The show was held in the local art center and it was performed by a mime team from a nearby college.
- There were about seven artists and when they came on stage they were all wearing black T-shirts and black trousers and had their faces painted white and highlight their eyes and lips with red paint color.
- I heard it is a basic dress up for mime artists.
- The act was about the importance of saving earth and water.
- For the next ten minutes, the artists portrayed the various ways that people wastewater in their day to day life.
- There was no stage setting, background arrangements, or props for the show.
- The artist themselves became the props.
- It was interesting to watch how they transformed themselves into different objects through postures and movements.
- For instance, two of them went down on all fours and they became a car. Another sat on top and became the driver.
- Artists rolled out their bodies and move like water to show waves of water. They rearranged themselves to form a tree.
- They just moved on their feet toes and fingers to cover the stage confidently showcasing their ideas.
- Everything was expressed so clearly that the audience did not have any trouble understanding the message.
- Everyone watched the performance without doing any moment and all were speechless.
- For the first time, I had an experience of “actions speaking louder than words”.
- Really I enjoyed the performance very much and I feel this technique is a wonderful and highly expressive form of art and it needs great acting skills and talent.
- The show was not only riveting but also thought-provoking and managed to get across a very strong message about saving water.
FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS:-
What is the difference between watching a live performance and watching it on TV?
Well, two are entirely different. The live show is much more enjoyable. We are with the crowd. The atmosphere is full of energy and excitement. There are thousands of people around singing along, stage spotlight; sound all together gives a very exhilarating experience. We can even get an opportunity to meet our idols, take selfies with them, or get autographs whereas all this is not possible during watching television.
Which do you prefer traditional performance or a concert?
Both are good in their own way. I enjoy traditional performance especially those of folk
singers and dancers.
Should the government provide financial support to promote traditional performances?
Yes, the government should do so. Traditional performers would not be able to survive if the government doesn’t support them. If they resort to other occupations, we would not be able to see those traditional performances again.
Is learning drama or dancing helpful for children?
Yes, dance and drama are performing arts. They bring out the hidden creativity of children.
Art in any form is good.