Why choose this programme?
This programme is for you who have a developed artistic practice and want to broaden your approach through research in composition and new dramaturgies in relation to live audiences.
About the programme
The programme aims at enhancing the development of the methods, theory, terminology and values emerging from contested perspectives on performance while enriching the field with a critical focus on artists’ practice and engagement with their context.
In this programme students develop through ethical and theoretical reflections related to audiences, spaces, collaborative processes and materials.
You do not need to be a trained performer yourself, but you should have some experience in working collaboratively with artists from other fields than your own.
In the programme, you will be challenged to develop awareness of your own working strategies while moving into more unfamiliar territories encountering methodologies from other fields.
The programme places an emphasis on independent student lead research with tutors and artist lead workshops and interventions.
There will be individual and common workshops, laboratories and seminar work through the various courses and their individual topics.
During the first year of study students will develop their research questions and decide on spaces and formats for the Master Project.
There will be opportunities for exchange studies and collaboration with other programmes and institutions.
The study group consists of maximum 6 students.
The courses are adapted to the requirements of the specific study group and will comprise of visiting guest artists and tutors, practical workshop formats, self-study, study-trips, lectures, reading and production.
After completing the master program, students will have developed a repertoire of knowledge, skills and competence on an advanced level in the wider field of performance. They will have accumulated knowledge based on insight, understanding of and expertise in the theory and practices of the expanded field of performance connected to their own artistic practice. The student will be able to independently research and apply specialized dramaturgical skills, develop unique methodologies, and ethical reflections relevant to the execution of complex projects. The student will have developed general expertise in concept development, critical reflection and ethical questioning informing collaborative processes, choice of performing spaces and implementation of artistic work as an independent artist. They will be able to lead and manage projects according to their artistic goals. The graduates will be able to contextualize, present and critically discuss their work within a public forum in a cross disciplinary environment, and apply for funding / market their work in the professional field. The student will also be able to work on artistic research in the live arts field in relation to the academic and institutional sector.
- has advanced theoretical knowledge related to the discourse of the expanded performance field, its connections to the history of the international Avant Garde through the 20th century, and its relation to their own practice.
- has specialized knowledge of international movements in performance theory and critical working methods in composition and dramaturgy
- can apply practical knowledge in research and development of new dramaturgical and collaborative methods, in relation to exploring artistic forms
- can critically analyze contemporary ethical and methodological questions raised through their own and others’ material and relational work in the field of performance, and their implications for audience reception in the fields of performance making.
- can contextualize their primary training in relation to / as performance, and expand and develop methods in confrontation and collaboration with artists from other artistic disciplines.
- understands the structure, methods and process for applying for arts funding within Norway and how it connects with the professional field and artistic entrepreneurship
- can initiate compositional and dramaturgical experimentation in a laboratory setting related to space, materials and audiences, and follow it through to a quality result over a longer period of research.
- is able to access and analyze various existing performance theories, reflect on the relationship between working methodologies and performance aesthetics and utilize those in relation to their artistic practice.
- can stretch and question their own artistic territory consciously and with ethical awareness across disciplines, materials, vocabulary and modes of expression.
- can present and communicate complex performance concepts through precise verbal and practically based communication to artistic collaborators across the art fields, and contextualize their art work critically in written and other documented formats in public discursive fora.
- can complete a limited artistic research project with an independent artistic vision, under supervision, which is precise in relation to scope of research, form, and methodology related to existing norms of research ethics.
- can constructively describe, contextualize and market their own artistic production in dialogue with/relation to the professional field
- can analyze and identify ethical challenges in relation to the research process and can cooperate with others involved in the work, maintaining dialogue.
- can apply unique and found research methods and take responsibility for the development of collective and individual performance works.
- can creatively plan, budget, manage and lead performance projects and conduct their own critical debate around the impact and resonance of their work in the public sphere as artistic innovators and ethical entrepreneurs
- engages in critical application of relevant literature, library services, visual and film material and online tools for gathering relevant source material, and can analyze and apply these to develop a coherent approach to performance practices and formulate research questions and laboratory processes.
- can convey concept, ethical awareness, cooperation, organization, facilitation and implementation within the changing artistic field as performance creators.
- can contribute to innovation and innovative artistic processes in conceptualization, composition, dramaturgy and contextualization of work, and thus contribute to the development and renewal of the Norwegian and international art movements.
The structure and content of the programme
The program has three main fields of study, with the following obligatory courses:
- Performativity 1: Context (10 ECTS), 1. semester
- Performativity 2: Audience (10 ECTS), 2. semester
- Performativity 3: Ethics (10 ECTS). 4. semester
- Composition 1: Dramaturgy (10 ECTS), 1. semester
- Composition 2: Materiality (10 ECTS), 3. semester
- Open Space 1: Territory (10 ECTS), 1. semester
- Open Space 2: Movement (20 ECTS), 2. semester
In the 4. semester the students will do their Master Project of 40 ECTS.
All courses at Norwegian Theatre Academy are obligatory. All courses in one semester must be passed before a student can continue to the next semester of his or her studies. To pass the exams minimum 80 % attendance is required.
Each area of study is impacted by and woven into the other, both practically and theoretically. The entire program places an emphasis on independent student lead research with tutors and artist lead workshops and interventions. There will be individual and common workshops, laboratories and seminar work through the various courses and their individual topics, with deadlines in the 1st year defining the questions, spaces and formats for the Master Project.
Student exchange will mainly take place during the 2nd or 3rd semester and especially under the course Open Space, designed for self-study and challenging familiar artistic territories exploring new grounds through moving into unfamiliar contexts. However, exchange could happen in other courses if relevant for the student and approved by the program leader during the 2nd or 3rd semester.
A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent education of at least 180 ECTS credits within relevant artistic field. Due to the curiosity and interest in the expanded field of arts on which the MA Performance is established we are interested in applicants coming from a wide range of practices, including but not limited to the fields of visual art, choreography, music, composition, directing, acting, performance art, street performance and dance. It should be noted that in their application they must propose why they wish to develop their practice as Performance, and what that means for them in their choice of this program.
The application must contain:
- Written reflection on the student’s current artistic practice, its current context and relation to audiences (1-2 pp A4).
- Outline an area of artistic investigation departing from but rooted in the applicant’s current practice (both theoretical and practical), including questions the student would like to explore during their studies and its relevance for the field.
- Documentation of artistic work (portfolio) focusing on last 5 years Maximum 15 A4 pages.
- Curriculum Vitae
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