MA Dance and Contemporary Circus (UK)


The MA Dance and Contemporary Circus reflects the growing trend within the Dance and Contemporary Circus sectors of artists exploring and blending each other’s practice.

Students who complete this programme will be able to produce their own work which is ground breaking in the crossing over of Dance and Contemporary Circus.

You will be pioneers in this field and it is therefore anticipated that you will either have your own companies or undertake commissions for work from other parties.

Course description

This MA is the first of its kind in the UK. Key areas that will be covered include:

-Narrative Development and Dramaturgy – the outside eye
-Fusing the two forms (exploring how an artist incorporates what is traditionally seen as a ‘trick’ into the choreography/narrative of a piece)
-Role/involvement of the audience in a work (the fourth wall and when/how/what happens when you break it)
-The unique challenges of making work for indoor and outdoor contexts
-Funding landscape and opportunities
-Partnerships – who to develop them with and how to develop them
-Developing commissions
-Basics of health and safety in relation to the field (safe working practices/risk assessments/rigging)
-The sector on a national and international level

Course details

Study options: Full-time:
UK/EU fee: £800 per 20 credits* (2019/20)
International fee: £14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)
Course level: Postgraduate
Qualification: MA
Location: Déda, Derby

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