It is a performance, in the performing arts, generally comprises an event in which an performer or group of performers presents one or more works of art to an audience. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. Afterwards audience members often applaud.
The means of expressing appreciation can vary by culture. Chinese performers will clap with the audience at the end of a performance; the return applause signals "thank you" to the audience. In Japan, folk performing-performing arts commonly attract individuals who take pictures, sometimes getting up to the stage and within inches of performer's faces.
Sometimes the dividing line between performer and the audience may become blurred, as in the example of "participatory theater" where audience members get involved in the production.
Theatrical performances can take place daily or at some other regular interval. Performances can take place at designated performance spaces (such as a theater or concert hall), or in a non-conventional space, such as a subway station, on the street, or in somebody's home.
Music performances (eg a concert or a recital) may take place indoors in a concert hall or in a field outside, and may vary from requiring the audience to remain very quiet to encourage them to sing and dance along with the music.
A performance may also describe the way in which an actor performs. In only one capacity, it may also refer to a mime artist, comedian, conjurer, or other entertainer.