In the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy programme at Utrecht University we focus on new and interdisciplinary forms of theatre, the kind of work where one is inclined to ask: is this theatre or a music concert? Shall we call it performance or art? Dance or mime?
We are interested in ways in which theatre and dance respond to current societal phenomena (such as debates around gender diversity, sociental and ecological challenges, dance and neuroscience, or how media impacts perception), how this response leads to new artistic forms and strategies, and new modes of storytelling.
We study those emerging strategies in theatre-making and choreography, we dive into the dramaturgy of those strategies, and we will teach you how to critically reflect and write about these developments.
The first semester brings you up to date with the latest trends & topics, the second semester is for individual specialisation. The unique characteristic of the programme in Utrecht is the focus on contemporary, hybrid practices and the possibility to focus on dance and dance dramaturgy.
Fully taught in English, this Master’s programme takes an academic approach to contemporary performance. We closely collaborate with the field of theatre and dance in the Netherlands and Flanders.
You will get acquainted with state-of-the-art theory yet we are also oriented towards the practice of theatre and dance. This is exemplified by the focus on dramaturgy, an internship in the second semester and the many opportunities to meet with practitioners.
Our research focus areas include:
- dance, embodiment, and corporeal literacy
- theory and practice of dramaturgy
- performance and public space, (urban) scenography
- intermediality and new modes of storytelling
- relationships between the performing arts and visual culture
Graduates of the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy Master’s programme at Utrecht University are acquainted with the latest developments in the theory and practice of contemporary theatre and dance.
They are able to contextualise these developments, reflect critically on them, and make this reflection productive for diverse theoretical, practical, educational, and critical ends. Alumni of the programme have gone on to work as:
- theatre or dance dramaturge
- theatre or dance critic
- dramaturgy instructor
- public officials for cultural affairs
- employees at training centres for the arts
- director of cultural programs on radio, television or internet platforms
- curators, organisers and programmers of theatre or dance festivals
- public relations or education employee with theatre or dance companies or performing arts houses
Many of our international students use their knowledge and skills to become a dramaturge, writer, artistic advisor, or organizer of performance events in their homeland, or to start up platforms for the exchange of artistic knowledge.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Theories and Concepts of Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy
- Contemporary Performance: Mapping the Field
- Performance Research Lab: Act
- Internship Ma Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy
- Master Thesis Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesLiberal Arts Theatre & Dance View 18 other Masters in Liberal Arts in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy if you have a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university or foreign equivalent and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:
- You have knowledge of research methods particular to the Humanities and main concepts used in Theatre, Dance or Performance Studies, shown by at least 7.5 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level.
- You have knowledge of and insight in theatre, dance and/or performance theory, history and/or dramaturgy, as shown by having taken at least 30 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level, 15 EC of which should be at advanced Bachelor's level..
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 17280 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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