A street musician with accordion in Bremen
A street musician with accordion in Bremen

A performance comprises an event in which generally one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for another group of people (the viewer or viewers, or audience). Sometimes the dividing line between performer and audience may become blurred, as in the example of "participatory theatre" where audience members might get involved in the theatrical event.

Examples of performance genres include:

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Street musicians (San Francisco)

Performances might take place daily, or at some other regular interval.

Similar activities can take place in a religious or occult setting whereby the performance becomes a ritual. In a scientific setting, the carrying out of predetermined actions in a controlled environment becomes the performance (execution) of an experiment.

A music performance (a concert or a recital) may take place indoors in a concert hall or outdoors in a field, and may require the audience to remain very quiet, or encourage them to sing and dance along with the music. In a street concert by one or more street musicians (or, in British English, buskers), often the public consists of people who happen to pass by. Such performers do not require payment, but do welcome it. See extended technique.

Similarly other street artists may carry out street performances, e.g. performing acrobatics. The same applies in other public places.

The word performance may also describe the way in which an actor(ess), or artiste in such a production performs. Or in a solo capacity; such as a mime artist, comedian, conjurer, etc.

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Musicians polish their art at a railway station in Japan

Performance, as in What a performance! is also used sarcastically in reference to an individual's overwrought or excessive emotional outbursts.

In engineering, performance relates to measuring some output or behaviour. Techniques for monitoring ( performance include:

Computing performance provides a case in point for engineering performance - see:

Performance, in a business context, a sub-set of engineering performance, refers to the activity of a unit (be it individual, team, department, or division) of an organization intended to accomplish some desired result.


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