Theatre Practices

Course

The ArtEZ Master of Theatre Practices is a full-time and partially residential practice-as-research course. Over two years you will be stimulated, supported and challenged through periods of intensive collective study and longer periods of individual work.

During the residential intensive collective weeks comprised of taught sessions, mentoring , seminarsand workshops, students work closely with each other, a small core team of tutors and inter/national guests. Assignments are structured around artistic research with the aim of developing an attitude of enquiry. The possibility to interact both locally (within ArtEZ or in Arnhem), nationally and internationally, offers a challenging and stimulating environment for students.

Integrated assessments occur twice per year and are conducted by internal tutors working together with external assessors. Candidates complete the programme with the presentation of a graduation research project in a form that they develop during their second year. Each candidate is carefully mentored throughout the programme by internal and external mentors, during collective and one-to-one sessions.

Three inter-related trajectories focused on artistic making, production of discourse and reflection about artistic research form the foundation of the course. The educational strands: Artistic Research, Writing Practices, Documenting/ Archiving/ Publishing provide the scaffolding for individual growth, support and challenge.

Artistic Research

In the Artistic Research the student continues his/her practice as a maker and/or performer and develops artistic work that is consistent with his/her own research questions and methods.

Theory and practice go hand in hand in this trajectory. We prepare and support the student in understanding, conceiving, creating, reflecting upon and communicating different practices and notions of dramaturgy, movement, acting, composition, and performativity. The student is asked to situate the methods offered in the course in relation to his/her own artistic research, for example by means of an ongoing rewriting of his/her research proposal, which is reviewed every semester. This allows one to critically rethink and refine one’s initial research questions and methods. As the student demonstrates and challenges her artistic vision, she becomes more able to deal with the production, dissemination and management of the process.

The Artistic Research trajectory is supported and informed by collective and individual sessions: collective lectures and workshops by our teachers and by international guest artists in theatre and/or choreography; and individual guidance by an internal mentor throughout the year and by an external mentor in the second semester.

Writing Practices 

The Discursive Practices module informs the student’s practice of thinking and writing, which we consider crucial aspects for growing awareness of the context as well as for communicating and positioning one’s own artistic research. The student is invited to read academic and artistic texts in order to discuss and reflect on several issues, such as theory and practice, performativity, dramaturgy, practices of writing, choreography, theatre making and movement. Particular focus is drawn upon critical theory and philosophy.

We acknowledge and are inspired by how writing forms an important dramaturgical and compositional aspect of choreography and of theatre making for both performers and makers, for example, through strategies of notation, inspiration, documentation, performative writing, communication, et cetera. Our aim is to offer the student tools for further developing his/her own practice of writing during the research, both in academic and in experimental or performative contexts. Engaging with a range of writing modalities, including the academic and its protocols, offers the possibility to reflect on, transmit and argue about the relevance of his/her work in different contexts.

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Documenting - Archiving - Publishing

The trajectory of Documenting - Archiving - Publishing enables the student to think and employ strategies and tactics that facilitate sustaining long-term research interests, attractions and outputs in an environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex and highly competitive. In this strand, the student is challenged to position his/her work by mapping its context, as well as develop methods for documentation, publishing and archiving.

Students are stimulated to be critical about their own practice, its tangible and intangible forms and movements, to become pro-active in how to transmit their practice and research. In order to do this, they rehearse formulating vision and mission statements and develop concrete communication materials and strategies, for example through publishing and/ or online presence.

Partnerships

The Master of Theatre Practices is a member of the ArtEZ Graduate School which gather the universe of Master sprograms at ArtEZ. The Graduate School is dedicated to transcending the binary model of theory versus practice by acknowledging and encouraging plurality in artistic research beyond traditional or hegemonic methods of artistic production and education. Within the Graduate School, we are part of cluster of Master dedicated to exploring views associated with practices of Studio, as well as we dialogue with programmes that are affiliated with the performing arts, such as the the Ma Art Praxis, Artist Educator or Music Theatre.
Within the disciplinary domain of Theatre and Dance, The Master of Theatre Practices is also in close dialogue with the Bachelor programmes of the ArtEZ Academy of Theatre and Dance, namely the courses of Dance, Dance in Education, Theatre in Education, School of Acting.

Internationally, the ArtEZ Master of Theatre Practices has Erasmus bilateral agreements with, for example, HZT Berlin (SODA), Teak Helsinki, and Academy of Dramatic Arts Zagreb. In the frame of the conference "Performance Philosophy: The Young", the programme also collaborates with the University of Antwerp (BE), Gent University (BE), Justus Liebig University Giessen (GE), University of Groningen (NL), University of Roehampton (UK), University of Utrecht (NL) and DOCH (SE).