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Master Programme New Performative Practices

The Master Programme New Performative Practices is aimed at experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. Performing artists are given context and support to engage with their own performative practices as well as tools to further their research. The Programme comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, which qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts

Artistic development demands the ability to constructively question established methods. New Performative Practices gives rise to art that challenges the commonplace.

The Master Programme is a road to deepened and expanded knowledge. Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer's role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. The individual artists' development of a personally sustainable practice is placed in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

You apply to the programme with a project. Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice. The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. There may be a certain degree of influence on how the courses are carried out according to the student’s individual project. The artist's individual project is the basis for two years of in-depth studies with compulsory courses, specialization specific courses and optional courses. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others' and formulate you own artistic method. In addition, the individual project is put into relation with theory construction of contemporary aesthetics, and philosophy and theory construction. Several of the programme's courses are offered as freestanding courses which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.

Programme syllabus

» Programme Syllabus NPP - PDF

Guest lecturers

During 2013/2014 the student met, amongst others, Rolf Hughes, Rebecka Hilton, Hanna Hallgren, Leon Tan, Kerstin Schroth, Juliette Mapp, Frank Bock, Siegmar Zacharias, Cristina Caprioli, Chrysa Parkinson, LinnHilda Lamberg, Erik Berg, Rasmus Ölme, Matte Ingvartsen, Malin Arnell, John Paul Zaccarini, Alva Noë, Ann Juren, André Lepecki, Nicole Peisl, Christophe Wavelet, Sandra Iche, Peter Lenaerts, Rose English, Andrew Mitchell, Matilda Leyser, Aurelien Bory, Iggy Malmborg, Magdalena Malm, Juan Dominguez, Vicente Arlandis, Sandra Gomez and Bojana Kunst.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is English.


A student who completes the programme will receive a Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) in Choreography. A Master of Fine Arts qualifies the student for artistic research programmes.


Admission takes place every second year. Next admission will take place in spring 2015. Last day to apply is February 2nd 2015.

Selection is made through selection tests among applicants that fulfill the entry requirements. You will find more information about the selection tests in the document "Information about the admission process" in the right menu. 

For further information please contact

Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme

Cecilia Roos, Professor in Interpretation and the Head of Dance Department
Phone:+46 8 494 00 863

John-Paul Zaccarini
PHD in Circus and PHD Supervisor
Phone: +46 8 494 00 862

Walter Ferrero, Head of the Circus Department and Senior Lecturer in Circus
Phone: +46 8 494 00 906

Education administration offices:
Phone: +46 8 494 00 850

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Master Programme New Performative Practices

120 ECTS

Application: Next start of programme is planned to be autumn 2017. Information about application and auditions will be published in the beginning of December 2016

Read thouroghly and well in advance the following documents before applying

Entry Requirements for the Autumn Term of 2015

General entry requirement for programme studies at the second cycle level.

Specific Entry Requirements

At least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities
English 6 or the equivalent.

(The English language entry requirement English 6 is the equivalent of English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden).