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     Broadly speaking, performance art refers to any artistic activities and productions with technical and conceptual contents. This definition is very similar to that of “technicality”. The term “performance art” appeared in the English language in 1711 by referring to the artistic activities performed by individuals or groups at specific locations and at specific times. This contains four basic elements: time, space, the bodies of performances and the interactions between performances and audience. Sculpture or stylist artists use clay, metal or colors as the creative media. Performance artists rely on their bodies, facial expressions, languages or technical capabilities. Meanwhile, their performances are live and interactive with the audience. Performance art includes theatre/drama, music, opera and dance. The broader definition of performance art also includes juggling, comedy, pantomime, illusion, speech and debate. They are different formats of performances in front of viewers. Michael Keith Billington in his book “Performing Art” defines performance at as theater, opera, ballet, children's drama, musicals, comedy, stunts, variety shows, circus, ice shows and military skill training. Cozy and small performances such as puppetry, small theater, mines, concerts, solos, club shows or theater performances in pop culture are also performance arts. Another briefer definition is that performance art is an expression of body and sound and an exercise of association and creativity. Theater and stage performances are the aesthetic works for the audience.

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