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Performing arts

Referring to those forms of art which make use of the artist's own body, face, and presence as a medium.

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coup de théâtre

Performing arts; Theatre

A sudden, surprising turn of events that gives a new twist to the plot of a play.


Performing arts; Theatre

The contest or dispute between two characters which forms a major part of the action in the Greek old comedy of Aristophanes.


Performing arts; Theatre

The Greek word for 'recognition' or 'discovery', used by Aristotle in his Poetics to denote the turning point in a drama at which a character (usually the protagonist) recognizes ...


Performing arts; Theatre

A comic and grotesque piece of clowning that sometimes preceded the performance of a masque.

academic drama

Performing arts; Theatre

A dramatic tradition which arose from the Renaissance, in which the works of Plautus, Terence and other ancient dramatists were performed in schools and colleges.


Performing arts; Theatre

The Colosseum is the most extensive and most magnificent in the amphitheatres of ancient Rome, begun by Vespasian and completed in AD 80 by Titus. It rose in Rome, near the palace ...

dramatis personae

Performing arts; Theatre

The Latin phrase for 'persons of the play', used to refer collectively to the characters represented in a dramatic work.