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.
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.
We will use a variety of methodologies and theory across the course, with central focusses being on collaborative modes of creating and organizing, collaborations between human and non-human agents in a new materialist perspective, and collaborations with sites and publics.
The module is divided into three units and one master class, which all revolve around the topic of collaboration. They will be explored through a mixture of lectures, discussions, practical workshops, laboratories, and group work.
The first unit, Collaborative modes of organizing will explore collaborative ways of generating material, conceptualizing and organizing whilst noting the precarious and individualized working conditions that cultural workers are facing in our historical present. The workshop part will be undertaken by Runar Hodne and Mikkel Flyvholm.
The second unit, Collaborating with human and non-human agents in a new materialist perspective, will delve into how performing arts may form kinships with and make non-human agents matter. The workshop part will be undertaken by Yann Copier and Barbara Wilson.
The third unit, Collaborating with Sites and Publics, will investigate how to work with sites and audiences in an era, where former notions of the public is undergoing rapid changes, and artists are becoming increasingly attentive to the different positions that audience groups may occupy in terms of experiences and privileges.
The master class will be led by Falk Richter. Central questions to be explored include: How can artistic ideas be found, conceptualized, and developed into theatre/dance performances? How do we commit our work to contemporary culture and politics? How do we build an ensemble? How do we initiate and lead a collective artistic process?
The specialisation builds on the artistic practices of Falk Richter, Runar Hodne, Mikkel Flyvholm, Yann Copier, Barbara Wilson, Charlotte Munksø, and Andreas Liebmann, as well as scholarly research by Solveig Gade. It is also closely linked to artistic research conducted at the Danish National School of Performing Arts.
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.