The Art Of Theater

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Neither a book nor a work, but an energyTheater is the most remarkable art of life. It is a collaborate art combining different people into one solid group in which they work together harmoniously in order to portray a certain idea, concept, or piece of art. Theater deals with various forms of emotions and is most commonly expected to leave a trace or stimulate sentiments on the audience. The mind plays a big role in theater, for the art lies within our imagination. Our mind stimulates many different types of strong emotions such as power, anger, joy, and more. These intangible feelings created by our mind, are the reason why theater the most noteworthy art of life.

Theater " is neither a book nor a work, but an energy ". Theater is considered to be an energy because it is a calculated act from beginning to end. A piece of theater only lasts for a specific period of time.

It has a beginning, middle, and an end. Furthermore, every theatrical piece has a predestined conclusion. Implying that the audience is most often aware of what will happen at the end of the play, yet the art of it is to keep them focused and interested until the very end. Furthermore, unlike other modes of communication, in theater one cannot go back and see a certain scene. A theatrical act takes place in the present, has an ending, and becomes part of our past.

Theater is a challenge to our mind, for it makes us think and allows us to use our imagination. During a theatrical act, we are projected into a world of fantasy and imagination, a world that only lasts for a certain period of time. A period of time in which one feels pain, joy, hatred, or love. This is reinforced by the direct contact between the actors and the audience stimulating more personal emotion between different individuals.

In my opinion, the art of theater is one of the most empowering factors in ones life. For it is an energy which releases ones inner most desires, feelings, and emotions. An energy that takes us on a journey of imagination. An energy which only lasts for a short period of time, leaving behind a conscience which stimulates one's mind bringing reality up against imagination. For these reasons and many more, theater is " neither a book nor a work, but an energy, and in this sense it is the only art of life ".