A performance is when an entertainer of some sorts behaves in a way that is designed to incite amusement in others. This behaviour is often a pre-written script, song, dance or comedic act, but sometimes it can be improvised on the spot. A performance often occurs in places designed for the arts, such as in a theatre, concert hall or dancehall. But anywhere can actually be turned into a stage, if there are people watching. Johnny Cash did a famous performance in 1968 in Folsom State Prison, in California, where he performed for the inmates in the main dining hall.


Phantom of the Opera
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (1909), The Phantom of the Opera (1925)