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The MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) is a ground-breaking course that takes postgraduate education out of the classroom and puts practical experience with world-leading makers of performance at the heart of the learning process. You will work alongside some of the most exciting directors, choreographers, performance artists and performers to further your own creative practice through active collaboration, devising and performance.
Uniquely, the course recasts the teacher-student relationship as one in which you will act as fellow collaborators with the guest artists. You will work closely as a company with these leading experts in the same way in which they run their own rehearsal room, putting real-world working methods at the very centre of the learning process. It is a practical apprenticeship in the studio, face to face with masters from every aspect of theatre and performance making, where you will develop your craft by creating and experimenting. Since you will not be working as a student but as a fellow company member, you will be expected to show the same level of commitment, creativity and professionalism that these artists normally demand.
The ideal candidate is a committed artist who aspires to articulate, develop and establish their own vision through contact with a wide variety of styles and aesthetics. The course encourages you, as an artist, to experiment boldly and uncompromisingly in a safe, non-judgemental environment. You will be inspired to define your own creative voice, training methods, and ways of working. Questioning artistic norms and your own preconceptions will be encouraged at every step.
Over the two years of study, you will follow four terms of intensive study, organised into periods of two or three months in the studio, followed by a vacation in which you are encouraged to continue developing your craft. Your experimentation and discoveries will not be confined to the walls of the Academy as you will be constantly creating and testing your work in front of an audience. Each of the four terms culminates with a public performance and the expectation is that you will continue to develop and produce your creations after your graduate.
CPPM will be accepting 16 students every two years so that we could give our full attention and support to accepted students for the entire duration of their studies.
Guest artistsYou will be taught by leading practitioners from all over the world. They have already made a great impact on the industry and are all still creating ground-breaking work, continuing to build on highly successful and innovative careers.
Confirmed companies teaching on the course 2019-2021 include Gecko (UK), Jan Fabre’s Troubleyn (Belgium), SITI Company (USA), La Pocha Nostra (USA), Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany), Complicite (UK), Jasmin Vardimon Company (UK), Izumi Ashizawa Performance (USA/Japan), Djalma Primordial Science (France), Butoh-Ma (Germany), Theatre EnCorps (Greece), Fuoco alla Paglia (Italy), Physical Lab (UK), Theatre Re (UK), Kinetic Theatre Project (Russia), Embodied Poetics (UK), and freelance practitioners Lorna Marshall (UK), Christina Teague-Mann (USA), Fran Barbe (Australia), Stacy Makishi (UK), Peader Kirk (UK), Simona Gonella (Italy/UK), Clara McBride (Canada). We are still in conversation with many other companies but, due to their very busy schedules, their involvement will be confirmed in due course. All Guest Artists are active professionals who are constantly creating new work and touring internationally. This list is therefore subject to change, although this will be minimised as much as possible.
Estonian Academy of Music and TheatreThe Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) is a public University, offering higher education in all major fields of music and theatre through bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes. With approximately 700 students, it has the highest percentage of international students in Estonia’s public universities and has grown to be an internationally competitive learning and research facility. Students come from all over the world: China, South Korea, Japan, India, Australia, Vietnam, Russia, Chile, Poland, Romania, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania. Half of all master’s students are international.
The majority of Estonian musicians, composers, actors, and theatre directors graduated from the EAMT and include: Composer Arvo Pärt, Pianist Peep Lassmann, Conductor Eri Klas. In recent years, some of the theatre program graduates have made a remarkable international career in the performing arts: Risto Kübar (München Kammerspiele, NT Gent), Sergo Vares (Lyric Hammersmith), Ursel Tilk (Jan Fabre’s Troubleyn). Theatre director Tiit Ojasoo, with his company Theatre NO99, was awarded the European Theatre Prize in 2017, and he is currently working across Europe.
Studying at the EAMT means that you will be part of an institution that values and maintains the academic traditions of European music and theatre education while being open to modern developments. It offers excellent teaching facilities, an enviable staff to student ratio, and attention to your needs for your development as an individual artist.