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CPPM curriculum has four main strands:
1) Residencies with Guest Artists
2) Creative Projects
3) History, Theory and Contextual Studies
4) Dissertation Project
Strand One: Residencies with Guest ArtistsThe vast majority of your studies will be spent in the studio: training, creating, devising, and rehearsing with internationally renowned practitioners. You will be working intensively for 1-3 weeks with one Guest Artist, which allows you to engage with every stage of the training and creative process that these artists propose.
This strand is also supported by skills development in which you will be introduced to various disciplines to improve your physical and vocal skills. These include, but are not limited to: Alexander technique, Vocal Performance, Singing, Vocal Improvisation, Capoeira, Qi-Gong, Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance. This strand has the flexibility to suit the needs of students who are accepted on the course.
Strand Two: Creative ProjectsYour creativity and creative stamina will be challenged at every step during your studies. Each term culminates with a creative project produced professionally in collaboration with various theatre companies in Estonia. In addition, there will be continuous composition, dramaturgy, adaptation and creative writing workshops to further develop your advanced creative and devising skills.
During term one you will be creating and performing in several solo performances: an autobiographical piece, a drag show and adapting Greek tragedy into a solo performance. Term two is focussed on devising as an ensemble and, at the end of the term, you will be working with one of Guest Artists to produce a devised ensemble piece. Term three will explore the possibilities of what is “beyond performance”. Term four is entirely dedicated to your dissertation project: the piece of work that you will create as a manifestation of your own unique artistic vision.
You will leave the course with at least four professional productions that can be developed and performed after you have finished your studies. In order to support this, you will be taught strategies for managing your career and the practical side of being an artist, including applying for festival submission, grants and funding, as well as organising tours, conferences and workshops. This course is not an endpoint, but a springboard from which establish your artistic career.
Strand Three: History, Theory and Contextual StudiesYou will also support your growth as an artist with contextual, theoretical and historical studies. Your practical immersion in making performance will be supported by attending lectures about the history of performing arts, theories and strategies for learning and creativity, and mapping the field of contemporary performance. In addition to theatre and performance research methods, you will acquire advanced skills in Practice as Research so that you are able to design, document and present your artistic research to the wider artistic and academic community.
You will reflect critically on your own growth and place your artistic work in the wider theoretical and historical context of performance through blogs, reflective journals, portfolios and essays. In this way, you can observe and guide your own development during this very demanding two-year training course.
Strand Four: Dissertation ProjectThe fourth term culminates with your Dissertation Project, during which you will define your own artistic manifesto, create your own piece of work, and present it in a professional context. It will be entirely up to you what your dissertation project is and whether you want to work alone, with your CPPM peers, other collaborators outside of the academy or with your own company. You will start preparing for this at the beginning of the second year and you will be given all rounded support and mentorship to facilitate this process.
Course Information Sheets:
CPM001 Contemporary Performance Practices 1
CPM002 Contemporary Performance Practices 2
CPM003 Contemporary Performance Practices 3
CPM004 Contextual Studies: Tracing the Trails
CPM005 Mapping the Field: Contemporary Performance
CPM006 Theatre and Performance Research Methods
CPM007 Theories and Strategies for Creativity and Learning
CPM008 Practice as Research: Design, Documentation, Presentation
CPM009 International Project Management
CPM010 Creative Project: Solo Performance
CPM011 Creative Project: Devising Performance
CPM012 Creative Project: Beyond Performance
CPM013 Dissertation Project