Performance, however, is not limited to mimetic repetition. It also includes the possibility of change, critique, and creativity within frameworks of repetition. Diverse forms such as performance art, dance, and theatre, as well as sociopolitical and cultural practices such as sports, rituals, political protest, military parades, and funerals, all, have reiterative elements that are reactualized in every new instantiation. These practices usually have their structures, conventions, and styles that bracket and separate them from other social practices of daily life.
Performance is a practice and an epistemology, a creative doing, a methodological lens, a way of transmitting memory and identity, and a way of understanding the world.