ABOUT CONCEPTUALIZING, CREATING, COLLABORATING
- Would you like to develop your skills in creating performing arts concepts that actively respond to and engage with the surrounding world?
- Do you want to work cross-disciplinarily with text, acting, dance, sound, light, and video?
- Are you interested in exploring how to stimulate processes of collaboration both within and around the artistic core team?
The specialisation Conceptualizing, Creating, and Collaborating focuses on how you can generate strong performing arts concepts, whilst working in a process-led and collaborative manner.
The specialisation centres on developing creative ideas into performing arts concepts. The approach to conceptualizing offered in the specialisation pays close attention to the social, political, and cultural contexts in which contemporary theatre and performance are embedded and the ways in which performance concepts may respond to them in imaginative and unforeseeable ways. Particular emphasis will be placed on the exploration of interdisciplinary and collaboratively-based ways of conceptualizing and generating material. At the same time, the specialisation sets out to explore how to stimulate sustainable and supportive forms of collaboration both within and around the artistic core team.
Based on an expanded notion of theatre texts, the specialisation will allow you to engage with classical texts, new writing, as well as textual material generated through devising processes.
As a student, you must be prepared to engage with theatre and performing arts on a practical as well as a theoretical level by means of artistic, written, and oral communication. Likewise, you must be ready to explore and develop your artistic ideas in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, which may involve actors, directors, set designers, playwrights, sound and light designers, producers, and others.
The module combines laboratory courses, lectures, and workshops.
The laboratory work is divided into a cluster of laboratories which in different ways will explore methods for conceptualizing collaboratively. Throughout the laboratory work, the instructors will facilitate explorative, collective processes as well as initiate and provide feedback to individual student projects.
Taking the students’ creative ideas as a point of departure, the main focus of the laboratory led by Falk Richter will be to create a master class for emerging artists, who aim to create their own projects and original works, either by taking on the role as writers/directors or by working as a collective. In turn, the laboratory will explore how students may develop their own methodological approach when engaging with projects situated in the intersection between new playwriting, performance, dance, video art, live music, as well as social and political research. Central questions to be explored include: How can artistic ideas be found, conceptualized, and developed into theatre performances or immersive projects? How do we commit our work to contemporary culture and politics? How do we build an ensemble? How do we gather an artistic team around us that supports our work? How do we initiate and lead a collective artistic process?
The laboratory course led by Runar Hodne will focus on interpretation, text, and artistic work as both process and result. How do we interpret a text? How do we read it? And how does the concept of these overlapping and colliding forms develop into stage art? The course will develop in flux with the students’ artistic ideas as well as focus on strategies, history, and knowledge available within the field of theatre.
Finally, the laboratory led by Inger Eilersen will centre on the generation and development of students’ ideas into performance concepts. Building on the Artistic Response method developed by Eilersen, the laboratory will explore how students may qualify both their own ideas and those of others by responding to them through artistic modes, including physical improvisation, poetry, video, drawing etc. Expanding on this, through feedback techniques conceived by DAS Art and TEACHING LAB, the lab will focus on how to reflect upon and provide feedback to fellow students in a constructive manner.
Additionally, part of the module will take place as lectures and workshops in which theories and methods related to the laboratories will be introduced. Underpinned by crucial trends in contemporary theatre and performance, such as participatory, immersive, documentary, site-specific, and collaborative strategies, this section will span theatre and performance theory, aesthetic theory, as well as social and political theory.
The specialisation builds on the artistic practices of Falk Richter and Runar Hodne. It is also closely linked to artistic research conducted at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, specifically the artistic research laboratory Theatre and Performance Making and the artistic research project on Human Migration led by Inger Eilersen.
The specialisation Conceptualizing, Creating, and Collaborating introduces you to a range of theories and methodologies related to crucial trends in contemporary theatre and performance, such as participatory, documentary, site-specific and collaborative strategies.
The specialisation also provides hands-on practical experience which will develop your skills in creating performing arts concepts, and will enhance your ability to work in a process-led manner across disciplines while initiating and stimulating collaborative processes.
Upon graduation, you will be able to conceptualize, design, and facilitate collaboratively-based artistic processes toward results that enlarge our understanding of what performing arts are, can be, and may be used for.