Street Performing in New York City Analytical Essay by Atalanta

Street Performing in New York City
An in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of street entertainment in New York City.
# 58834 | 7,088 words | 22 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on May 23, 2005 in Drama and Theater (American) , English (Analysis) , Drama and Theater (General)

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This paper presents the history of street performing in New York City and examines how the rules and attitudes surrounding this profession have changed throughout the century, leading to the current situation. The paper discusses the many political changes, such as bans and money-making schemes, which have affected street performing. The differences between the three main areas, namely, the subway, parks, and streets, where street entertainment takes place are outlined in the paper. The paper explores the benefits of street performing and the consequences that harassment of performers has on the quality of entertainment in the city.

From the Paper:

"Street performance is an art form which encompasses a wide range of acts including music, dance, mime, acrobatics, juggling, etc. It has been around ever since streets have existed, and all a performer needs for a show is a space and passersby. Street performing is popular in big cities such as New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Boston, which are America's most prevalent cities for outdoor performance (Campbell 6). New York City is popular for its free entertainment which can be found in the streets, parks, and subways. Throughout history the rules and attitudes surrounding street performances have changed and these factors have altered many aspects of the profession. The city views street performers as panhandlers and does not let them perform without harassment. This alters the spontaneity and variety of the acts, and the city ends up with exactly what they were tying to prevent-beggars and unskilled performers. Though there are some people who think that street performers are a nuisance to the city, many have other opinions. Performers create an atmosphere of joy and entertainment, produce rapport among the audience, and induce learning about various skills, instruments, and cultures."

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