Master in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

General

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Program Description

Focus on Expanding Performance and Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy

  • Would you like to know more about contemporary theatre, dance or performance?
  • Are you interested in interdisciplinary dramaturgy?
  • Are you open to the idea that objects and machines can be equally interesting performers or dancing partners as physical actors or dancers?

In this Master's programme, 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, social 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.

A Diverse and International Community

This programme welcomes both international students as well as students with a Dutch Bachelor's degree in art and culture studies, but also arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research. The academic DNA of our Master's students preferably consists of reflexivity, curiosity, open-mindedness, commitment, initiative and affinity with writing.

Individual Specialisation

The first semester brings you up to date with the latest trends and 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. Read more about the curriculum.

Practical Orientation

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. Read more about career development.

Research Topics

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

After Graduation

  • You will be acquainted with the latest developments in theatre, dance and dramaturgy, and with affiliated contemporary critical and theoretical approaches.
  • You have gained experience in dramaturgy, drawing from theoretical texts on academic perspectives and the actual practice of theatre and dance dramaturgy.
  • You will know how trends in actual practice relate to recent developments in art criticism, curating and programmeming.
  • You are able to carry out independent research and report on research outcomes according to international academic standards.
  • You will possess a professional attitude when communicating with practitioners and will know how to put academic skills and knowledge to work in a professional field.

Since the work field is multifaceted and comprises both larger and smaller companies as well as public and private initiatives, many alumni combine various jobs - for instance, dramaturge and writer or programmer and artistic advisor. Read more about possible career prospects.

Admission

Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy is a selective Master’s programme. Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy Master’s programme 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
  • Researcher
  • Public officials for cultural affairs
  • Employees at training centres for the arts
  • Director of cultural programmes 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 acquired knowledge and skills to become a dramaturge, writer, artistic advisor, or organiser of performance events in their homeland, or to start-up platforms for the exchange of artistic knowledge. Since the work field is multifaceted and comprises both larger and smaller companies as well as public and private initiatives, many alumni combine various jobs - for instance, dramaturge and writer or programmer and artistic advisor.

We use community-based learning to educate students as critical thinkers, artistic advisors or cultural mediators in the field of contemporary theatre, dance and dramaturgy, who employ their skills to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less