Deadline: February 29, 2016

Choreography and Performance is an international master’s degree designed and organised by the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at Giessen University and the Department for Contemporary Dance at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HFMDK). The particular and unique cooperation of a university and an art academy provides the students with extensive education in the field of dance studies, choreography and performance, including both theoretical and practical classes.

The programme combines practical and reflexive approaches, enabling students to engage in an expanded notion of choreography and performance. The focus of study lies in the examination of notions of the body and movement, especially in relation to contemporary aesthetic, philosophical and political approaches. Choreography and performance are introduced as embodied practices which can develop only in the constant exchange with critical thought. At the same time, practical work and artistic experimentation are highly encouraged and explored through different practical modules. Special attention is also given to the analysis of current modes of production in an international context which can help students find and pursue their own independent practices and modes of working.

Students can choose among different modules and seminars offered by the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) and other partners of the Hessian Theatre (Hessische Theaterakademie). An important part of the programme focuses on the students’ artistic work. Artistic projects, practical courses, body and dance training and open dramaturgical formats enable a variety of advisory and mentoring processes. Various workshops with guest professors and lecturers from the field of contemporary art and dance offer insight into their different working methods. The master’s programme is also connected to other cultural institutions in the region, such as Tanzlabor 21, Mousonturm and Frankfurt LAB which provide professional conditions for artistic work.

The MA Choreography and Performance is aimed at students who have intensively dealt with the fields of dance, body, movement, choreography and performance in their studies and artistic work. The degree has been developed as a consecutive MA degree and builds on a first professional qualifying degree of Theatre Studies, dance, or adequate completed training plus possible professional experience, spanning over several years, leading to a further professional artistic qualifying degree. The goal is to train artistic personalities, who are prepared for the complexity of the demands of contemporary performing art in the field of dance and performance theoretically and practically.

The professional use of competence gained during the degree is very extensive and depends highly on the individual students and their individually-chosen focal points. A low number of students (max 7 per year) enables the teachers to support individual students systematically.

Formal Conditions:
For admission to the Masters degree in Choreography and Performance, the following conditions are in place:

– BA (or BA equivalent) in a theatre-relevant degree with focus on dance and/or performance
– successful participation of an artistic entrance examination (artistic portfolio, BA thesis or equivalent scientific work, oral examination).
– Good knowledge of the English language

There are no additional fees to the regular German university administration expanses and the costs for public transportation (Semesterticket) in the overall region of Frankfurt-Rhein/Main.

Begin of the studies is middle of October.
In order to apply please register online until February 29th, 2016

Deadline for sending in the portfolio is 31st of March, 2016
Oral Exam will be held on the 9 – 10th of June, 2016
For further information please check our webpage.