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MAContemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM)

Õppemaks 13 000 € per year
Kandideerimistasu 50 € one-time
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Information about 2022 intake is coming soon


The curriculum has four main strands:
1) Residencies with Guest Artists and Skills Development
2) Creative Projects
3) History, Theory and Contextual Studies
4) Dissertation Project

Contemporary Performance Practices 1 (15 ECTS)
Creative Project: Solo Performance (10 ECTS)
Contextual Studies: Tracing the Trails (5 ECTS)
Theories and Strategies of Creativity and Learning (5 ECTS)

Contemporary Performance Practices 2 (15 ECTS)
Creative Project: Devising Performance (10 ECTS)
Mapping the Field: Contemporary Performance (5 ECTS)
Practice as Research: Structure, Documentation, Presentation (5 ECTS)

Contemporary Performance Practices 3 (15 ECTS)
Creative Project: Beyond Performance (10 ECTS)
Theatre and Performance Research Methods (5 ECTS)
Cultural Project Management (5 ECTS)

Dissertation Project (15 ECTS)

The first three terms consist of a wide variety of Residencies with Guest Artists, creative projects and contextual studies. The fourth term culminates with your Dissertation Project, during which you will create your own piece of work, defining your own artistic manifesto, and present it to an audience with the expectation that you go on to produce it professionally.

The vast majority of your studies will be spent in the studio: training, creating, devising, and rehearsing with internationally renowned guest artists. You will be working intensively for 1-2 weeks with one guest, which will allow you to immerse yourself in their creative process and each ending with an informal presentation. All guest artists are practising professionals, creating and touring their work internationally and, through many years of research and development, have created their own unique way of working. Therefore, in these intensive residencies you will not be learning from lessons of the past, but first hand from people who have created and continue to develop their own methodologies. The course accepts that there is no one singular ‘best’ approach, which is why you will be working with artists from different backgrounds and areas of expertise: Text-based and Post-dramatic Theatre, Site-specific and Immersive Performance, Multimedia, Installation and Performance Art, Verbatim and Political Theatre, Physical Theatre and Tanztheater.

What makes this course unique is the way it negotiates the teacher-student relationship. Guest Artists don’t come to teach you as students, but to work with you as professionals. For 1-2 weeks, the cohort will become their company and will work as these artists normally do in their creative process. This means that same level of commitment and professionalism is expected from you as might be expected from their own company members, with all of the benefits that come with working in such a way.

This strand is also supported by skills development in which you will be introduced to various disciplines to improve your physical and vocal skills. These will include but are not limited to Alexander technique, Vocal Performance, Singing, Vocal Improvisation, Capoeira, Yoga, Qi-Gong, Contact Improvisation, and Contemporary Dance. This strand has flexibility to suit the needs of students who are accepted on the course.

Your creativity and creative stamina will be challenged at every step during your studies. Each 1-2 week residency with Guest Artists ends with an informal presentation, allowing you to engage with every stage of the creative process that these Guest Artists propose. Each term culminates with a public performance produced professionally in collaboration with various theatre companies in Estonia. During term one, which is dedicated to solo performance, you will be creating several solo shows: an autobiographical piece, a drag show and adapting Greek tragedy into a solo performance. Term two is focussed on devising as an ensemble and, at the end of the term, you will be working with one of our guest directors over a six-week period to produce a devised ensemble piece. Term three will centre on the possibilities of applied theatre, where you will adapt existing work to create a fusion of old and new work. Term four is entirely dedicated to your dissertation project: the piece of work that you will create as a manifestation of your own unique artistic vision. In addition, there will be continuous composition, dramaturgy, adaptation and playwriting workshops to further develop your advanced creative and devising skills.

This course does not isolate you from your existing professional creative practice, but creates a safe, inspiring, yet challenging environment in which you can focus and refine your unique artistic vision. You will leave the course with at least four professional productions that can be taken forward for further development and performed once you have finished your studies. In order to support this, you will be taught strategies for managing your career and the practical side of being an artist, including applying to festivals, for grants and funding, organising tours, conferences and workshops. This course is not an endpoint, but a springboard to establish your artistic career.

You will also support your growth as an artist with contextual, theoretical and historical studies. Your practical immersion in making performance will be supported by attending lectures about the history of performing arts, theories and strategies for learning and creativity and mapping the field of contemporary performance. In addition to theatre and performance research methods, you will acquire advanced skills in Practice as Research so that you are able to design, document and present your artistic research to a wider artistic and academic communities. You will reflect critically on your own growth and place your artistic work in the wider theoretical and historical context of performance through blogs, reflective journals, portfolios and essays. In this way, you can observe and guide your own development during this very demanding two-year training course.


The fourth term culminates with your Dissertation Project, during which you will create your own piece of work, defining your own artistic manifesto, and present it professionally. It will be entirely up to you what your dissertation project is and whether you want to work alone, with your CPPM peers, other collaborators outside of the academy or with your own company if you have one. You will start preparing for this at the beginning of the second year and you will be given all-rounded support and mentorship to facilitate this process.


Access to further study: Doctoral Program

Professional status: The right to be employed in a position requiring Master´s Degree or corresponding qualification

Kandideeri! Fall semester 2019/20
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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: Ameerika Ühendriigid

Kandideeri! Fall semester 2019/20
Kandideerimisperiood on lõppenud
Õpingute algus

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: Ameerika Ühendriigid