Outdoor Arts (also known as Street Theatre, Street Performance and Street Arts in Europe) is work that is created mainly for outdoor spaces ~ streets, town squares, parks, beaches and rural landscapes. It also includes work in the urban landscape such as in shopping centres, in disused buildings and on the outdoor surfaces of buildings as well as work that takes place under canvas – such as a circus tent.
Street performances can be intimate or monumental, strolling or static. Performances play with words, images, movement, sound and light. Sometimes they tell stories, sometimes they share amazing physical skills, sometimes they try to unexpectedly disrupt the everydayness of public space, sometimes they offer playful worlds of wonder. Sometimes they do all of these things.
Just as there are many spaces in which Outdoor Arts productions can be presented, there are many different ways of presenting the show. The chosen format for a production impacts the way an artist approaches the work to achieve the desired audience response. Here are some examples of types of outdoor arts work.