表演藝術 Performing Arts
One tends to associate performing arts with the creative process itself. Undeniably, performing arts depend on the work and outputs of artists (directors, scriptwriters, choreographers, musicians, dancers, actors etc.). However, a healthy performing arts ecology also requires the involvement of policymakers, arts marketers, arts administrators, production designers, technical professionals, academics/ educators and critics. This is where my interest lies. I am particularly keen on the development of the performing arts in different places (cities or countries) and how to create a good environment for artists and other key stakeholders to function. I also constantly reflect on the purpose of performing arts, especially in the face of globalisation and capitalisation. Have we ever wondered why the government (especially in this region) support and develop the performing arts? Have we ever consider why performing arts is often incorporated into our school life (sometimes into our curriculum)? I often differentiate performing arts from entertainment not because I think that one is of higher status or more important than the other. Rather, to recognise the differences between the two is to acknowledge that they require different developmental policies, management approach and training.