Brainstorming performing arts vocabulary

First of all without looking below, write “(live) performing arts” in the middle of a blank piece of A3 paper and brainstorm categories, sub-categories and examples of that as a mind map.

Use the categories below to organise and expand on your mind map, then brainstorm more sub-categories and examples.

Suggested categories of performing arts

animal training

cabaret

circus skills

comedy

dance

drama/ theatre/ plays

magic/ illusion(ism)

mime

music

music hall/ variety/ vaudeville

musical drama/ musical theatre

people

performance art

puppetry

readings

street parades

street performance

talent shows

venues/ places

Try to put the examples on the following pages in at least one place on your mind map, then brainstorm more. You can use a dictionary at this stage if you like.

Ask about any which you couldn’t put on your mind map then suggest extra ones which you put on your mind map and which aren’t here.

Are there any performing arts specific to your country? Where would they fit on the mind map? How would you describe them?

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Examples

acrobatics

am dram

ambient

amphitheatre

ancient Greek drama

banjo

baton twirling

brass band

breakdance

Broadway

burlesque

busking

card tricks

chanson

cheerleading

chillout

Chinese opera/ Beijing opera

choreographer

classical ballet

clowning

comedy duo/ double act

contortionists

court music

covers band

dance music/ EDM

diabolo

disappearing tricks

dog tricks

drag shows

easy listening

escapology

experimental theatre

farce

fire eating

flea circus

folk dance

folk music

fringe theatre

gig

happenings

hip hop dancing

human pyramid

improv/ improvisation

indie/ alternative rock

interactive theatre

juggling

knife throwing

lasso

lion training

lip synching

live music venue

living statue

lute

marching bands

Merseybeat

mind reading

modern dance/ contemporary dance

musical

native classical music

nativity (play)

off Broadway

off off Broadway

one man band

one man shows

open air concert

opera

opera house

operetta

panto/ pantomime

plate spinning

poetry readings/ poetry recitals

pop

rap/ hip hop

rep/ repertory theatre

revue

school play

shadow puppets

Shakespeare in the Park

sketches

snake charming

stand up

stilts

the street

string quartet

sword swallowing

tap dancing

(circus) tent

(open air) theatre

tightrope walking

tragedy

trapeze

tribute band

underground theatre

unicycle

ventriloquism

West End

Western classical music

world music

yoyo

zither

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