Dance is one way that people can express art as part of a group. Dancers must work together to present the dance as it was meant to be seen and performed. Many dances cannot be performed by just one person, and even a soloist needs support from other dancers in the show. The dancers must work together, sometimes doing the same thing at the same time and other times performing complementary moves and interacting with each other. Learn more about dance group types.
Most musicians work in groups at some point during their time performing music. Small groups, such as rock bands, are a form of group performance as are large groups such as orchestras and marching bands.
In a group, musicians must listen to each other and follow a director to know how fast or slow a piece is going to go and when it is their turn to come in with their own instrument. Group music may also be duets, trios or quartets.
Collaborative arts can include any art form that is created or performed by multiple people. Besides dance and music performance, other collaborative arts can be theatrical performances or simply more than one person working on a painting, a sculpture or a piece of literature. Artists may collaborate together at the same time, or they may send work back and forth with each of them offering ideas and suggestions and adding to the art. A collaborative efforts offers a new perspective to a piece of art.