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MAPerformance: Dance (Mapdance)

University of Chichester
United Kingdom, Chichester
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The MA Performance Dance has grown from a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. The programme enables students to develop their dance practice as a performer working intensively with a wide variety of established and up and coming international choreographers and performing with the University’s touring performance company: mapdance.

Programme structure

The MA performers route is led by mapdance company Artistic Directors, Yael Flexer and Detta Howe.

Working intensively with international guest choreographers, students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches.

mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals. From mid-February to May, the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops.

The 2016/17 Repertory includes new commissions and from Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Hagit Yakira and Cai Tomos.

The Techniques for Performance module accompanying the repertory module (and compulsory for performers route) focuses on excellence in contemporary dance performance involving daily technical training in various dance techniques including release and contemporary techniques, contact improvisation, pilates and Ballet work. This module normally runs autumn and spring semesters.

The MA Performance Dance operates in the context of a professional performance programme and a series of presentations by visiting artists and researchers.

Practice is also developed through a module entitled Reflective Practice that leads students towards a deepened understanding of Practice as Research.

Guest lecturers on the MA have included practitioners and curators all working at the edges of dance research.

There are also opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research with interactive technologies or to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.

Career opportunities

This course is suitable for you if you are a recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their technical and performance skills (and have completed a recognised BA degree).

It will offer you …

an opportunity to work with international established and up and coming choreographers reflect on your professional practice and prior training
intensive technical training through a variety of contemporary techniques, Pilates, contact improvisation and Ballet
an opportunity to tour the repertoire across the UK and internationally
an opportunity to develop your teaching skills within the context of a touring company
time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship
professional Development
deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
a stepping-stone toward PhD study
You will develop skills in…

teaching in the context of a touring company
choreographic methodology and critical thinking
working independently (via dissertation projects)
research and the articulation of that research in writing
It will give you…

tools and skills to support you in the transition to professional practice
extensive experience of working with established choreographers alongside touring and networking that can aid you in gaining work as a performer or in establishing your work as an independent artist
a qualification that can aid in obtaining work within educational and HE institutions
preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States