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February 25, 2021

Call for applications: MA SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) for summer 2022

Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Alejandro Karasik, 2017 Photo: Marion Borriss

MA Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) is a practice-led master’s degree that explores body-based performance practices within a two-year, full-time programme, focusing on individual trajectories. The programme provides a lively and supportive research environment for students who are encouraged to bring their specific realities and concerns in order to further develop them through different disciplines in the arts and beyond. The course challenges existing student performance practices within an academic structure and in dialogue with other artists, thinkers and practitioners.

One of course’s core values is that a body-based approach to research is needed more than ever due to the increasing complexity of contemporary life. Considering the body simultaneously as witness, document, and agent, the course questions what kind of artistic strategies can be developed as a response.

MA SODA is concerned with the intersection of aesthetics, politics, and ethics and a critical awareness of systems of knowledge production in relation to the body. This implies confronting existing geopolitical, economical and symbolic hegemonies in art.

MA SODA is taught in English. It is designed for students wishing to undertake a consistent and structured development of their artistic research, practice and its context. It offers a rigorous grounding in how to write, situate and talk about one’s artistic practice and helps to frame, document and present students’ work in different formats. The programme includes a broad spectrum of international guest lecturers as well as members of the independent Berlin art scene.

The Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (Inter-University Center for Dance Berlin / HZT) is the joint responsibility of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch (HfS) in cooperation with TanzRaumBerlin, a network of the professional dance scene.

The HZT Berlin offers three study courses the BA Dance, Context, Choreography, and the two master's progammes Choreography and Solo/ Dance/Authorship. It provides a practice led and research driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Close connection between academic education and professional artistic practice characterizes the courses which offer an experimental approach to study, combine practice-led artistic and research driven education, and practical career guidance. Nurturing individual artistic development, the contextualisation and critical reflexion of art and art practice are integral components of the curricula. Focus is placed on creatively and critically addressing what dance, performance and choreography are and can be as art forms, in today’s diverse social and cultural environments.

Further information on applying here.

Study guide UdK Berlin

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