Do Artists Perform for the Audience Or Not?
Imagine you are talking to a group of people and nobody is listening to you, how would you feel? Definitely, You will feel bad. When you present something to people or perform in front of people you want everyone to be attentive. The same is the case with performers and audiences, who are the two main components of any performance, interacting with each other.
The artist performs for the audience. Before presenting his art in front of people he spends many days in rehearsals to ensure that when he performs he engages the maximum audience.
Performing Arts and Audience
Whenever we talk about performing arts, the linked word that comes to our minds is “The Audience”. No artwork is complete without spectators. A performer works for many days and nights in isolation to perform and execute his artwork in front of an audience, and the immediate response of the audience tells him about his level of his success.
The connection between performer and audience
Marcel Duchamp a pioneer artist and media theorist, expressed his views about the importance of the audience in these words,
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 art.
How significant it is to perform in front of an audience?
Whether an artist is a singer, a dancer, or an actor, it is a great privilege and honor for him to perform on stage in front of an audience. It is a glorious moment for him that he presents his art in front of an audience. The moments he wraps himself in the desires of spectators complete his art. Artists and audiences are incomplete without each other. Artist gets satisfaction when he entertains the audience. If he fails to please the audience he cannot feel happy or entertained. Artists perform to establish a connection with the audience. If he succeeds in establishing that connection then the artist feels contented and successful.
The way primitive artists used to perform
The old method of connection between artist and audience was through live performances, in theatres only. The artist performed in front of a live audience for a limited time and the response of the audience during that time, like their applauses, their laughter, and their ovations told the performer about his success.
Effect of technology on the audience-artist relationship
Technology has changed the ways of communication between people. Now in concerts artists do not sing live, instead, they only do lip-sync and focus on their performance and interaction with the audience while songs are played in the background. The same is the case with dramas and movies which are played on big screens in recorded form. This has benefited the artist because when he performs his main focus is on cheering the audience and understanding their moods and responses.
Does social media perform a positive role in promoting art?
Social media has revolutionized the whole world. It has impacted every field of life. It has affected all fields of arts very positively because it has made communications fast and easy. Now artists upload their work on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook etc. and it reaches millions of people immediately, who can see and comment on their work. Moreover, this way is economically cost-effective Conclusion
Audience and performance are essential parts of art and both are equally important for artists. Artist gets entertained only when he succeeds to please the audience. No artwork is completed until it is presented to the audience. When an artist performs in front of an audience this is the crux of his artwork. An artist shouldn’t hesitate while interacting with people during the performance. He should confidently grab the attention of the crowd. He should not hesitate to learn the new technologies because it is the way of life now.
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