International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Recipe for the Highest Level Performance Arts Experience: Communicating the Five Aesthetic Senses
Chanel L. Myers

The purpose of this study is to discover the combination of techniques and elements that create the highest-level aesthetic performance arts experience for the audience. This study challenges theories about popular culture and high culture techniques, the environment, and the experience between the audience and the artist to discover which mixture of elements communicate the highest-level experience. Twelve performances were included in this study using the participant observation method. Field notes were taken and analyzed to find the patterns of the most effective techniques used at each performance. Five aesthetic senses had the most influence on the outcome of the performance: venue, staging, connection, participation, and sound.

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