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a stage presentation created by a theatrical group that includes the actors, stage designer, and composer and that is headed in the modern theater by the director.

In the dramatic theater, preparation for a performance begins with the selection of a play. The type of play chosen is determined by the spiritual and aesthetic needs of the prospective audience and the resources of the company. Keeping in mind the play’s aim, genre, and style, the director interprets the play and its major roles, plans the scenery, costumes, makeup, music, and lighting, and decides on the approach to the dialogue and to the actors’ movements on the stage.

One of the most important aspects in the staging of a performance is the planning of the mise-en-scene. However, the stage sets and properties as well as the performance’s tempo and rhythm become meaningful only with inspired acting. The director’s primary task is therefore to work with the actors during rehearsals. The mise-en-scene is reviewed when the staging has been completed, with the actors in costume and makeup and the performance coordinated to music and sound effects. The lighting effects as well assume their final form at this time. The last stage in the preparation of a performance is the dress rehearsal, which is held in public and which gives the theatrical group an opportunity to understand to what extent their aims have been attained.

The great importance of music, singing, and choreography in the opera and ballet determines the major role played by the conductor and choreographer during the staging of a performance.


Gorchakov, N. M. Rabota rezhissera nad spektaklem. Moscow, 1956. Popov, A. Khudozhestvennaia tselostnost’spektaklia. Moscow, 1959.


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"Certainly not; besides, his performance would not shine after that of Mr.
Seymour was conscious that he played well, and could he have forgotten the indifference that Miss Henly exhibited to his performance, would have been abundantly flattered with the encomiums that were lavished on his skill.
"`Box Five on the grand tier shall be placed at the disposal of the Opera ghost for every performance.'
Audition includes: Improvisation, partnering, prepared solo, interview; this is a teaching position for Latin dances & classes like balance, body rolling, Latin aerobics and some choreography; also searching for a professional partner for performances.
Ranson also pointed out that performance chemicals allow papermakers to deliver sheets with end-use performances beyond what is possible when using filler and fiber combinations alone.
In reading the lineup, it was impossible not to imagine these ghosts of performances past watching from on high in the spiraling tiers of the museum.
Videotaping performances is relatively easy, but distribution logistics required by reflective practice are difficult to resolve.
Much of the research on expressive performance has been concerned with the analysis of skilled performances.
(9.) One of the ways the WSP is encouraging its employees to accept the POPS philosophy involves teaching them how the SARA (scanning, analysis, response, assessment) problem-solving model also achieves their need to measure outcome performances developed during the strategic planning process.
"Robbie McCauley: Speaking History Other-Wise." Acting Out: Feminist Performances. Eds.
In this thought-provoking study, Aercke explores a series of lavish, festive performances composed for and performed at the courts of absolute rulers in Europe between the 1630s and the 1680s: Sant'Alessio, at the Barbarini court of Pope Urban VIII in Rome; El Mayor Encanto, Amor, at the court of Philip IV in Madrid; Ercole Amante and La Princesse d'Elide, at the court of Louis XIV at Versailles; and Il Pomo d'Oro at the court of Leopold I in Vienna.
Workers with job performances rated as less than outstanding but at least "meets standards" would be covered under the bonus/base salary increase approach.