Applause

Hand clapping during and after a performance has been the usual western tradition to show satisfaction with a performance or specific performer since the seventeenth century. It was also the method used by the Greeks. Not only does it break the illusion of performance but it also permits the audience to express being a part of that experience. Paid hand clappers have been planted in audiences to promote a show's success; similarly, groups of people known as claques have been planted in audiences to clap in a slow rhythm to express disapproval and disrupt the performance.

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