about global interactions
- Do you want to create performing arts formats with societal and global relevance?
- Do you want to use your performative skills to develop an artistic practice that builds on various forms of interactions?
- Are you interested in exploring how to work responsibly across diverse boundaries to create art that engages with global issues and society?
The specialisation Global InterActions focuses on how you as a performing arts artist can generate methods, works, and performative expressions which enter into dialogue with an increasingly globalized world while putting your own (artistic) self-understanding into play. At the same time, it explores how artistic and cultural encounters, in the span between the global and the local, may expand and enrich both performative skills as well as artistic expressions, intentions, and understandings across existing boundaries.
The specialisation acknowledges the cross-cultural theatre traditions of the past century but aims to explore how a global theatre of today and a contemporary approach to global interactions and issues can manifest itself. We inhabit an age where identity politics and calls to decolonize sedimented institutional practices have taken centre stage in discussions concerning art, education, and other fields. Accordingly, this specialisation asks: how do we create, (re)present, and enter into meaningful, artistically-sound, and ethical interactions across for instance national, cultural, socioeconomic, and artistic borders?
As a student, you must be prepared to engage with theatre and performing arts on a practical and theoretical level by means of artistic, written, and oral communication. You must aspire to put your own (artistic) self-understanding into play. Your practice will be shaped via encounters with others of a different cultural, and/or artistic background as well as via reflections, discussions, and work related to theories of situatedness, positioning, and ethics.
The module incorporates laboratory courses, workshops, lectures, as well as individual and collective tutoring and supervision.
The laboratory work and workshops will in general fall under three headings:
- Intercultural, artistic collaboration and encounters
- Engaging with global issues and themes through performing arts
- Performing arts as an active agent in society
Under each of the three headings, there will be one or more activities and courses. The courses will be led by artists and teachers who will facilitate practical work, reflection, and collective processes. They will also initiate students’ independent enquiries.
A laboratory under the heading “Intercultural, artistic collaboration and encounters” may for example centre on a meeting between students and artists from different artistic disciplines in an international environment, enabling situated, practical learning.
A laboratory under the heading “Engaging with global issues and themes through performing arts” may centre on methods for creating documentary theatre.
Meanwhile, a laboratory under the heading “Performing arts as an active agent in society” may include reflections on notions of citizenship, collaboration with local stakeholders, and works presented outside classic theatre spaces.
Additionally, part of the teaching will take place as lectures and seminars introducing relevant theories and methods supporting the laboratory work and the overall focus of the module. Topics may include globalization, intercultural theatre in a historical perspective, cultural encounters, ethnographic method, documentary and research-informed theatre methodology, and critical and aesthetic theory.
The module builds on artistic research conducted at The Danish National School of Performing Arts, specifically the artistic research laboratories Tourist and Philoxenia.
The specialisation Global InterActions introduces you to a range of theories and methodologies concerning current trends, practitioners, and traditions related to performing arts in a global context. This will enable you to strengthen your artistic agency and reflection as well as professionalize your artistic output.
The specialisation also gives you hands-on practical experience which will develop your capacity to create meaningful theatre work with societal and global relevance, while developing your artistic, performative, and collaborative competences and enhancing your motivation in relation to a diversely-framed global field.
Upon graduation, you will be capable of interacting responsibly, and judiciously within complex artistic and project-oriented processes. You will be equipped to connect your artistic practice to society—able to both create and facilitate meaningful processes toward results that enlarge our understanding of what performing arts are, can be, and may be used for.