The performing arts are those forms of art wherein individual people perform individually or collectively. It also displays the political ferment of the time: the rise of feminism, which inspired thought concerning the division between the personal and political and anti-war activism, which equipped models for politicized artwork “actions.” Although the concerns of efficiency artists have modified for the reason that Nineteen Sixties, the genre has remained a relentless presence, and has largely been welcomed into the conventional museums and galleries from which it was once excluded.
There are tribal belts throughout India, and although each tribe has its own distinctive music and dances, they all share a similar form, with men and women forming separate rows with linked arms and executing intricate leg actions in a gradually rising tempo that builds as much as a crescendo of vigour.
There are seven major classical dance styles — Bharatnatyam from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Kathakali, a classical dance-drama from Kerala, Manipuri from Manipur, Kathak from Uttar Pradesh, Odissi from Orissa, and Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh and Sattriya from Assam which has lately been included in the fold of Classical Dances.
Now seen as an iconic and path-breaking Feminist artist, Wilke’s performances and pictures are an important component of the Feminist movement of their use of the artist’s own physique in ways that addressed problems with female objectification, the male gaze, and feminine agency.
In an episode of In Our Time broadcast on Thu, 20 Oct 2005, 21:30 on BBC Radio four, Angie Hobbs , Lecturer in Philosophy, College of Warwick; Miriam Griffin , Fellow of Somerville School, Oxford; and John Moles , Professor of Latin, University of Newcastle mentioned with Melvyn Bragg the concept that Antisthenes and Diogenes in historical Greece practiced a type of performance art and that they acquired the epithet of cynic which suggests “canine” resulting from Diogenes behaving repeatedly like a canine in his performances.