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Performing arts refers to forms of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience, inducing theatre, music, and dance.

Theatre, music, dance and object manipulation, and other kinds of performances are present in all human cultures. The history of music and dance date to pre-historic times whereas circus skills date to at least Ancient Egypt. Many performing arts are performed professionally. Performance can be in purpose built buildings, such as theatres and opera houses, on open air stages at festivals, on stages in tents such as circuses and on the street.

Live performances before an audience are a form of entertainment. The development of audio and video recording has allowed for private consumption of the performing arts.

The performing arts often aims to express one's emotions and feelings.

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Dude sweet music, superb costumes.

Dude sweet music, superb costumes.

Harry Montague's Comedy Company. Forms part of: Theatrical poster collection (Library of Congress)

[Harry Houdini, King of Cards]
National Air Races, from 1928 through 1939

National Air Races, from 1928 through 1939

Cliff Henderson Collection image. Clifford "Cliff" Henderson (1896-1984) was one of the early organizers of the National Air Races, and managed the races from 1928 through 1939. Please tag these images so that... More

Kellar, American vaudeville and popular entertainment 1870 1920

Kellar, American vaudeville and popular entertainment 1870 1920

Caption: Levitation. Created and "copyright 1894 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti & New York." No. 6152B. Forms part of: Magic poster collection (Library of Congress)

Kellar, American vaudeville and popular entertainment 1870 1920

Kellar, American vaudeville and popular entertainment 1870 1920

Caption: Levitation. Created and "copyright 1894 by The Strobridge Lith. Co., Cin'ti & New York." No. 6152B. Forms part of: Magic poster collection (Library of Congress)

Wild, Franz
Medina, Josepha Maria
Haerlem (Haarlem), 16th century

Haerlem (Haarlem), 16th century

Flemish (artist nationality) painter, engraver, etcher, and publisher (artist role) Recto: bottom center: (within image) HAERLEM. ; bottom center: (beneath image, but within plate, in German) 13. Nachdem sich H... More

Helmont, Johan Baptista van
Gusman, Rosina
Anonyme Bellange Jacques - L'holandois
Andreas Dippel / Opera singer / Aime Dupont atelier

Andreas Dippel / Opera singer / Aime Dupont atelier

Photograph of a man in a costume resembling a 16th-century courtier style. He is wearing a hat with a feather. On his torso, he is wearing a short cape and doublet with intricate embroidery. He has leather glov... More

Andreas Dippel / Opera singer / Aime Dupont atelier

Andreas Dippel / Opera singer / Aime Dupont atelier

Photograph of a man in a costume resembling a 16th-century courtier style. He is wearing a hat with a feather. On his torso, he is wearing a short cape and doublet with intricate embroidery. He has leather glov... More

Polin, Adele
Costume de Marcel, joué par Levasseur. - Les Juguenots, opéra. - Académie royale de musique

Costume de Marcel, joué par Levasseur. - Les Juguenots, opéra. - Acadé...

A horseman of the 16th century, almost facing forward his head to the right, one fist raised above his head, the other hand holding his hat, his legs wide apart. His hair is cut short, he wears a pleated jerkin... More

Zeichnet vierte österreichische Kriegsanleihe / A. Karpellus.

Zeichnet vierte österreichische Kriegsanleihe / A. Karpellus.

Poster shows a 16th century soldier holding up a flag with the Austro-Hungarian double-headed Imperial eagle on it. Text: Subscribe to the 4th Austrian War Loan. Forms part of: Rehse-Archiv für Zeitgeschichte u... More

Pastrana, Julia
Musset, Alfred de
Beschort, Jonas Friedrich
Pastrana, Julia
Camargo, Marie Anne Cupis de
Sallé, Marie
Met rijkdom, macht en genot verleidt de duivel de mens

Met rijkdom, macht en genot verleidt de duivel de mens

De duivel schildert op een groot menselijk hart de afbeelding van een zak geld, een naakte vrouw en enkele kronen en scepters. Een jonge man kijkt gefascineerd toe, en merkt niet dat een naakte vrouw een touw a... More

Blume, Heinrich
Hutin, Jacques Antoine Francois
L'antica mvsica ridotta alla moderna prattica, Copy 2
Le Pompe: Opera Nova, title page (recto)
Titelprent voor de prentserie 'Balli di Sfessania'/'Dansen van Sfessania'
Studio portret van twee Javaanse dansers in traditionele kleding en make up
Portret van de acteurs Van Walsum en Rie Gilhuys Sasbach
Allegorie op de Vrede van Dresden, 1745
Istitvtioni harmoniche del rev. messere Gioseffo Zarlino, title page
Divers & sundry waies of two parts in one, to the number of fortie, uppon one playnsong
Rappresentazione di Dafne: favola pastorale
Jacques Bellange - Male Figure in Ballet Costume
Front and back covers printed on the same sheet for patriotic discourses
Broadsheet relating to the capture of Valentin Mancera who is shown playing the guitar and being cornered by men in uniforms carrying weapons
Widow seated with a cruse of oil
Dansende vrouw
Cover for 'Rosendito, Los Leones, y El Sapo', a young boy and man holding walking sticks
't Dronken gezag en de overmoedige geldmacht houden een lijkendans
Toneel met acteurs in diverse kostuums
Carlo Maratta - A Seated Man Holding a Tablet
Kemplényi, Ida Freiin von
Maistre à Dancer.
Richard Low 17th century

Richard Low 17th century

after a painting possibly by John Hayls, portraitist, 1600?-1679; published by John Smith, painter, draughtsman, and engraver, 1652-1743 (artist notes) British (artist nationality) draughtsman and engraver (art... More

Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecedebant Victimam et Hecatoniben (Trumpeteers, cornetists, lyre players, horn players, who precede the victims and sacrifice...)

Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecedebant Victimam...

Unknown (artist nationality) Recto: top center: (in Latin) Tubicines, Liticines, Lÿricines, Cornicines, qui praecede- / bant Victimam et Hecatoniben. / Sacra enim sua nunquam / celebrabant antiqui sine musicis ... More

Sheets of Verses: Priamel vom Schuldenbot

Sheets of Verses: Priamel vom Schuldenbot

Johann Martin Usteri (Swiss, Zurich 1763–1827 Rapperswil)

Karl I. Ludwig, Kurfürst von der Pfalz
Saint Paul Preaching
Study for an Engraving of "Songs in the Opera of Flora"

Study for an Engraving of "Songs in the Opera of Flora"

Hubert François Gravelot (French, Paris 1699–1773 Paris)

A skeleton wearing a cape speaking to a frightened man with a cane and backpack, illustration for 'El Doctor Improvisado (The Impromptu Doctor)' edited by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo
Frontispice, Jacques Callot
Jacques Callot - Le joueur de flageolet
Danseres Annette Köbler, de pas-de-shawl uitvoerende
Portrait of Gijsbert Tijssens, Playwright in Amsterdam
Broadsheet relating to mothers-in-law, brothers-in-law and son fighting, the words spoken by each in sections below and on verso
Broadsheet with a ballad about a man who stands outside his lover's window and sings to her
Broadside detailing a religious procession for Saint John and Saint Ana, multiple figures dancing and celebrating
Front and back covers printed on the same sheet for a collection of love letters (number 11)
Gilles Demarteau - Plusieurs Trophées, 17th century
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The  Flute Player 17th century

The Flute Player 17th century

after a painting by Otto Vorsterman, painter, 17th century (artist notes) Flemish (artist nationality) draughtsman and engraver (artist role) Vorsterman, Otto, 17th century (original artist) Recto: u. l.: (engr... More

Fotoreproductie van een gravure naar een schilderij of tekening van Van Lerius: Paul en Virginia
Franz I., römisch-deutscher Kaiser
Cover for 'Del Pequeño Adivinadorcito', a young boy resting his head on his hand and writing at a desk
Drei Flötenspieler (Three Flute Players)

Drei Flötenspieler (Three Flute Players)

Flemish (artist nationality) painter and draughtsman (artist role) Recto: u. r.: (within etching, script monogram) A. P. ; verso: u. l.: (in pencil) Oppermann / Feb. 16, 1929 / 50 fcs = $10.00 ; l. l.: (in penc... More

A  Company Making Music

A Company Making Music

Dutch (artist nationality) draughtsman, engraver, print publisher and painter (artist role) Recto: bottom center: (within image) Crispin de Pass inuent . excudit . ; bottom: (beneath image, in Latin) Concentu v... More

Lameth, Alexandre Graf
Orazio Gentileschi - The Lute Player
[Les Noces de Pelée et de Theétis]
Parmigianino - Temperance / AA [monogram of Andrea Andreani].

Parmigianino - Temperance / AA [monogram of Andrea Andreani].

Allegorical print showing a woman as Temperance, one of the cardinal virtues, seated, facing right, pouring liquid from a chalice, possibly diluting wine with water. Title from Graphic sampler / compiled by Ren... More

Two advertisments printed on the same sheet for materials published by Vanegas Arroyo, the one at left has verses to accompany breaking a piñata and at right, concerning religious pilgrims with an image of the Nativity
Puliciniello. Sig.° Lucretia, Jacques Callot
Martyre de Saint Thaddée, Jacques Callot
Cover for 'Simonel Bobito', a man stomping and a donkey in the background
Standing Male Figure with Hands Raised, school of Seville

Standing Male Figure with Hands Raised, school of Seville

Anonymous, Spanish, School of Seville, 17th century

Front and back covers printed on the same sheet for a collection of love letters (number 12)
Frontispice, Jacques Callot
Profile of a woman sitting in a chair with her head back and holding a flower, illustration for 'Morir Soñando,' published by Antonio Vanegas Arroyo
Kemplényi, Ida Freiin von
Cover for 'Los Sueños y Las Pesadillas', a man and woman arguing while another figure peers out from behind a curtain
Jacques Callot - Le bancal jouant de la guitare
Remigio Cantagallina - Theaterscène in de smidse van Vulcanus

Remigio Cantagallina - Theaterscène in de smidse van Vulcanus

Theaterdecor met acteurs, voorstellende de smidse van Vulcanus.

Adriaen van Ostade - Le  Trio Flamand (The Flemish Trio)

Adriaen van Ostade - Le Trio Flamand (The Flemish Trio)

Photograph of a painting by Adriaen van Ostade, 1610-1685 (artist notes) Dutch (artist nationality) Ostade, Adriaen van, 1610-1685 (original artist) Verso: bottom center: (in pencil) Adriaen van Ostade / 208 A.... More

Pieter Feddes van Harlingen - Mannen in een klaslokaal

Pieter Feddes van Harlingen - Mannen in een klaslokaal

Gezicht op een klaslokaal met Johan van Oldenbarnevelt als schoolmeester aan een tafel met een aanwijsstok in zijn hand. Andere mannen lezen in boeken of houden zich bezig met een weegschaal. Aan de muur twee p... More

Parthenia in-violata: or, Mayden-musicke for the virginalls and bass-viol
Roemer Visscher - Titelpagina voor Roemer Visscher, Sinnepoppen, 1614

Roemer Visscher - Titelpagina voor Roemer Visscher, Sinnepoppen, 1614

Titelpagina voor Roemer Visscher, Sinnepoppen, 1614. Onderdeel van 'Sinnepoppen', R. Visscher, 1614.

Jacques Bellange - Dancer with a Tambourine
Le Captain ou L'Amoureux, from Les Trois Pantalons pièces appélees Les Trois Acteurs (The Three Pants also called the Three Actors)
Le Pantalon ou Cassandre, from Les Trois Pantalons pièces appélees Les Trois Acteurs (The Three Pants also called the Three Actors)
Le Zani ou Scapin, from Les Trois Pantalons pièces appélees Les Trois Acteurs (The Three Pants also called the Three Actors)
Le Comédien Masqué Jouant de la Guitare (The Masked Comedian Playing the Guitar), from Varie Figure Gobbi, suite appelée aussi Les Bossus, Les Pygmées, Les Nains Grotesques (Various Hunchbacked Figures, The Hunchbacks, The Pygmes, The Grotesque Dwarfs)
Balli di Sfessania, Frontispice. Premier numéro d'une suite de 24 pièces (Lieure 379, Meaume 641)

Balli di Sfessania, Frontispice. Premier numéro d'une suite de 24 pièc...

Suite aussi appelée Cucurucu ou Les Danses ou Les Pantalons ou Les Polichinelles ou Danse des défessés (Lieure 379-402, Meaume 641-664) (Assigned title) Marque de collection - Dutuit : L.709a

First Intermezzo of the Veglia of the“Liberation of Tyrsenus and Arnea"
Jacques Callot - Frontispiece, from Balli di Sfessania
Titelprent van het pamflet uit 1618 getiteld: Wonderlijcken Droom Vande School-houdinghe van Mr. Ian van Olden-barnevelt

Titelprent van het pamflet uit 1618 getiteld: Wonderlijcken Droom Vand...

Titelprent van het pamflet uit 1618 getiteld 'Wonderlijcken Droom Vande School-houdinghe van Mr. Ian van Olden-barnevelt'. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt als schoolmeester voor een klas waarin de belangrijkste verteg... More

The Temple of Music
Aanbieding van het Smeekschrift, 1566

Aanbieding van het Smeekschrift, 1566

Aanbieding van het Smeekschrift aan landvoogdes Margaretha van Parma door de edelen, Brussel 5 april 1566. Onder de voorstelling een vers van 16 regels in 2 kolommen, hieronder geplakt een beschrijving in 5 reg... More

Titelprent van het pamflet uit 1618 getiteld: Wonderlijcken Droom Vande School-houdinghe van Mr. Ian van Olden-barnevelt
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