Performance vs. Spectacle

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Performance and Spectacle is that the Performance is a performing arts event, single representation of a performing arts production and Spectacle is a planned event that creates a memorable appearance

  • Performance

    Performance is completion of a task with application of knowledge, skills and abilities. In work place, performance or job performance means good ranking with the hypothesized conception of requirements of a task role, whereas citizenship performance means a set of individual activity/contribution (prosocial organizational behavior) that supports the organizational culture. In the performing arts, a performance generally comprises an event in which a performer or group of performers present one or more works of art to an audience. Usually the performers participate in rehearsals beforehand. A performance may also describe the way in which an actor performs. In a solo capacity, it may also refer to a mime artist, comedian, conjurer, or other entertainer.

  • Spectacle

    In general, spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates. Derived in Middle English from c. 1340 as “specially prepared or arranged display” it was borrowed from Old French spectacle, itself a reflection of the Latin spectaculum “a show” from spectare “to view, watch” frequentative form of specere “to look at.” The word spectacle has also been a term of art in theater dating from the 17th century in English drama.

  • Performance (noun)

    The act of performing; carrying into execution or action; execution; achievement; accomplishment; representation by action.

    “the performance of an undertaking or a duty”

  • Performance (noun)

    That which is performed or accomplished; a thing done or carried through; an achievement; a deed; an act; a feat; especially, an action of an elaborate or public character.

  • Performance (noun)

    A live show or concert.

  • Performance (noun)

    The amount of useful work accomplished estimated in terms of time needed, resources used, etc.

    “Better performance means more work accomplished in shorter time and/or using fewer resources.”

  • Spectacle (noun)

    An exciting or extraordinary scene, exhibition, performance etc.

    “The horse race was a thrilling spectacle.”

  • Spectacle (noun)

    An embarrassing or unedifying scene or situation.

    “He made a spectacle out of himself.”

  • Spectacle (noun)

    An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light.

  • Spectacle (noun)

    An aid to the intellectual sight.

  • Spectacle (noun)

    A spyglass; a looking-glass.

  • Spectacle (noun)

    The brille of a snake.

  • Spectacle (noun)

    A frame with different coloured lenses on a semaphore signal through which light from a lamp shines at night, often a part of the signal arm.


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