CDPR Partner Universities
Université Libre de Bruxelles
The Master in Theatre and Performance Studies – Master en Arts du Spectacle Vivant – at the University Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) offers an interdisciplinary approach to performing arts ranging from theatre, opera, dance over performance to circus, community arts etc. The programme will provide you with analytical tools aimed at a better understanding of spectacular representation in the broad sense of the word as well as introducing you to the different aspects of present-day theatre in Europe and beyond (dramaturgy, cultural policy, aesthetic codes and so on).
An important part is dedicated to the development of personal work (seminars, internships, thesis) as well as to direct contact with the professional field, both aiming at providing students with the necessary tools for an intelligent critical analysis of contemporary performance practice. It aims at understanding the spectacular (»liveness«) as an integral part of our society, analyzing its role and function within global culture, while at the same time investigating its relation with other arts and new media. A practice-based workshop (»Sensibilisation à la Pratique Artistique«) as well as a compulsory internship (6 or 8 weeks) provide a solid basis for the development of reflexive experience. The MA programme also offers the possibility to participate in the Festival d’Avignon and to take optional courses on circus and performance art, respectively at the Brussel-based art schools ESAC (Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque) and La Cambre. Students will immerse themselves in the thriving live art scene of Brussels, as the programme closely collaborates with institutions as diverse as Kaaitheater, Les Brigittines and Théâtre Les Tanneurs.
Université Paris Nanterre
The Master’s degree Théâtre: Mise en Scène et Dramaturgie at the University of Paris Nanterre offers university and professional training preparing students for work in the fields of directing and dramaturgy. Combining practice and theory both at a high standard, this unique course provides professional and versatile training, open to research and in close partnership with creative structures. Teaching is provided in the form of seminars and workshops by professors in theatre studies and stage professionals (directors, playwrights, scenographers, light-designers, playwrights, video-makers, etc.).
One quarter of the course is dedicated to the theoretical education and three quarters to practical, artistic and professional training. The curriculum is divided into: artistic workshops, professional courses, an internship, a personal project, theoretical seminars and language courses. The first year of the Master is mainly devoted to fundamental theoretical, practical and technical knowledge; while the second leads to a more individualised professional path according to the skills and motivations of the students.
Oslo National Academy of the Arts
CDPR students at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) will study within the Master’s degree programme in Theatre. The aim of the programme is to develop theatrical practitioners who may help re-think the various disciplines, introduce fresh perspectives and create their own artistic expression within a broad definition of what the theatrical arts are and can be.
The programme focuses on artistic practice, and a major part consists of collective creative processes where a mix of disciplines and specialisations meet and interact.
The programme is a unique opportunity for theatrical practitioners to develop professionally both in the practice and theory of their discipline. This requires a willingness to work independently, to mature and to reflect.
The Master’s programme gives students the opportunity to reflect on and refine their artistic practice, immerse themselves in artistic exploration, participate in new forms of collaboration and present their works in a professional setting at one of Europe’s premier art academies. The artistic work takes place both individually and in collaboration with a highly diverse student body and staff.
The teaching at the programme is varied, and students will also engage in a wide range of workshop processes. A key element is the production work that leads to various forms of performances and stagings, as closely followed up by teachers and supervisors at a high Norwegian and international level.
University of the Arts Helsinki
At the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts), Master students focusing on Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research study within the Degree Programme in Dramaturgy. The studies are carried out in cooperation with other degree programmes within the Academy. In addition to seminars and workshops concentrating specifically on Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research, students can take courses in, for example, Directing, Choreography, Live Arts and Performance Studies (LAPS), as agreed upon with the professor of Dramaturgy in each student’s personal study plan.
The studies are research-oriented and combine both practical and theoretical approaches to dramaturgy. The emphasis is on developing artistic practice and on the dramaturg as a performance maker. Comparative dramaturgy is understood as dramaturgical, processual work happening within the field of the performing arts. It goes beyond the dramaturgy of texts to encompass other areas of performance, for example movement, light, sound, costume, space. The studies allow graduates to become deeply involved in international performing arts fields. The Theater Academy and Uniarts Helsinki provide a lively, inspiring, and artistically challenging environment, with abundant opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary studies and projects.