The Power of Performing Arts

by | Dec 10, 2023

Why take a drama class? Learn improvisation skills? Audition for community theatre? Most people are terrified of speaking in front of an audience. Those who push past their trepidation and step onto a stage will be bit by the “acting bug”. This acting bug will keep them hungry for the adrenaline rush that comes from connecting with characters, fellow actors, and the audience. It’s electrifying. Thus, the power of performing arts connects people on emotional and intellectual levels. For those who may not fully understand its value, here are some key points to consider:

 

  1. Emotional Impact: Performing arts have the unique ability to stir emotions and create powerful connections between performers and audiences. Whether it’s a theatrical play, dance performance, or musical concert, the live and immersive nature of performing arts can evoke a wide range of emotions such as joy, sadness, excitement, and empathy. These emotional experiences can be deeply cathartic and enriching, offering an escape from the monotony of daily life.

 

  1. Storytelling and Social Commentary: Performing arts often serve as a medium for storytelling and societal commentary. Through narratives, characters, movement, and music, performers convey universal themes, explore social issues, challenge norms, and provoke critical thinking. The power of storytelling in performing arts allows us to gain new perspectives, foster empathy, and prompt discussions about important topics, thus contributing to social and cultural development.

 

  1. Cultural Preservation and Diversity: Performing arts celebrate and preserve cultural traditions and diversity. They showcase unique artistic expressions, traditional music, dance forms, costumes, and rituals of different communities and regions. By promoting cultural understanding and appreciation, performing arts contribute to a more inclusive society that respects and values diverse cultural heritages.

 

  1. Personal Development: Engaging in the performing arts has numerous benefits for personal growth. Participation in theater, music, dance, or any other form of performance requires discipline, practice, and commitment. Through this dedication, individuals develop self-confidence, self-expression, discipline, teamwork, time management, and problem-solving skills. 

 

  1. Community Engagement and Social Cohesion: Performing arts play a vital role in bringing communities together. Local theater productions, music festivals, dance performances, and public events create shared experiences and enhance a sense of community and belonging. 

 

  1. Entertainment and Escapism: One of the most evident values of performing arts is entertainment. Performances provide moments of respite and escape from the pressures and stresses of everyday life. They transport audiences to magical worlds, captivate their imaginations, and offer joy, amusement, and relaxation.

 

  1. Educational and Cognitive Benefits: For children and young adults, exposure to the performing arts stimulates creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. These elements cannot be taught purely in a traditional academic setting.

 

Performing arts will positively influence individuals in various aspects of their personal and professional lives. Are you ready to meet the acting bug and experience a higher level of thinking and connection? 

Sheri Prescott

Owner, Arts on Fire
artsonfire.ca