New Performative Practices Master programme

New Performative Practices Master programme

Stockholm University of the Arts

Photo: Adam Weig, 2012. Image courtesy of School of Dance and Circus at Stockholm University of the Arts.

January 9, 2015
New Performative Practices Master programme

Application deadline: February 2, 2015

School of Dance and Circus (DOCH)
Stockholm University of the Arts 
Brinellvägen 58

T +46 8 49 400 000

The Master Programme New Performative Practices is aimed at experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. Performing artists are given context and support to engage with their own performative practices as well as tools to further their research. The programme comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, which qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts.

Artistic development demands the ability to constructively question established methods. New Performative Practices gives rise to art that challenges the commonplace.

The Master programme is a road to deepened and expanded knowledge. Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer’s role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. The individual artist’s development of a personally sustainable practice is placed in dynamic relation to society’s demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

You apply to the programme with a project. Your background can be as a performer—dancer, choreographer or circus artist—or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice. The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. There may be a certain degree of influence on how the courses are carried out according to the student’s individual project. The artist’s individual project is the basis for two years of in-depth studies with compulsory courses, specialization specific courses and optional courses. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others’ and formulate you own artistic method. In addition, the individual project is put into relation with theory construction of contemporary aesthetics, and philosophy and theory construction. Several of the programme’s courses are offered as freestanding courses which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.

The language of instruction is English.

A student who completes the programme will receive a Master of Fine Arts, 120 credits, in choreography with specialization. A Master of Fine Arts qualifies the student for artistic research programmes.


For further information, please contact
Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme:
[email protected]

Cecilia Roos, Professor in Interpretation and the Head of Dance department:
T +46 8 494 00 863 / [email protected]

John-Paul Zaccarini, PhD in Circus and PhD Supervisor:
T +46 8 494 00 862 / [email protected]

Walter Ferrero, Head of the Circus Department and Senior Lecturer in Circus:
T +46 8 494 00 906 / [email protected]

Education administration offices: T +46 8 494 00 850 / [email protected]

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