MA Performers Route and Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Dance Performance
The Performers Route was established in 2006 and aims to provide students with a full-time intensive training and choreographic touring experience as a member of mapdance company. The audition process is necessarily rigorous and requires self-motivation, time management, dedication and commitment. The graduate company normally accepts 8-12 dancers per year.
Students on the Performers’ pathway join 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. mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals.
From mid-Feb. to May the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops. Choreographers have included: Pete Shenton (New Art Club); Shobana Jeyasingh, Ben Wright, Nik Haffner (Ex-Forsythe) Liz Aggiss, Nigel Charnock, Saju Hari, Matteo Fargion and Keira Martin. This year the company is performing three new commissions by Charlie Morrissey, Jorge Cresis and Yael Flexer as well as re-staging Lucinda Childs Rise and Nigel Charnock’s ’XX’. All students on the Performers Route will take Repertory 1 and Technique for Performance. Additionally for those taking the MA, Reflective Practice is compulsory as preparation for undertaking the Dissertation. The Dissertation on this route may well involve an element of practical work to reflect the experience of the course.
Performers studying for the postgraduate diploma do not study Reflective Practice or present a Dissertation, but they can select one optional module from New Media and Performance Practices, Pedagogical Approaches, Performing Politics and Embodying Myth. Students undertaking the Pedagogical Approaches module will have the opportunity to put the learning and experience from Semester 1 into practice when touring, through educational work linked to the Repertory in a variety of schools, colleges and open workshops.