This MA Performance Dance degree is led by Mapdance company Artistic Directors Yael Flexer and Detta Howe. The course operates as a professional performance programme.
This course is ideal for recent graduates or a dance artists who wish to extend their technical and performance skills after completing a recognised BA degree.
This degree is an opportunity to work with internationally established and up-and-coming choreographers, reflect on your professional practice and prior training, and complete an intensive technical training through a variety of contemporary techniques, Pilates, contact improvisation and ballet. Working intensively with international guest choreographers, you will develop your technical and performance skills and deepen your understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches.
Mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals. You will tour nationally and internationally during your studies, performing with the company and offering educational workshops from mid-February until May. You will deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship and learn to articulate what you do in written and spoken form.
The 2020/21 repertory includes new works by Joseph Toonga, Yael Flexer and Robert Clark as well as the re-staging of Ceyda Tanc’s piece AYIN.
There are opportunities to engage with cutting edge research into interactive technologies and to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.
On this course you will:
- Learn from guest lecturers including included practitioners and curators all working at the edges of dance research.
- Have opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research with interactive technologies.
- Attend presentations by visiting artists and researchers.
- Have opportunities to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.
Take a look at our 2020 mapdance souvenier booklet to find out more about this pathway.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will study through theoretical and practical workshops, lecturers, seminars and rehearsals.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments depending on which study route you choose.
Assessment on the MA performers route is based on three core modules:
- Repertory (60 credits)
- Techniques for Performance (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Assessment on the postgraduate diploma performers route is based on two core modules:
- Repertory (60 credits)
- Techniques for Performance (30 credits)
You will also choose one optional module worth 30 credits on each pathway.
Your performance assessments will be continuous and process based. The Repertory module is continuously assessed with marks given by guest choreographers during the creation process as well as marks given by both Artistic Directors in rehearsal and on tour assessing both process and performance.
What you will study
This course is made up of modules. You will study the core module Repertory, and Techniques for Performance on both the MA and postgraduate diploma study pathways, as well as one optional module. To complete the MA you will also study the core Dissertation module.
Only a selection of optional modules will run each year. We will confirm the modules available during induction week.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
Repertory (Level 7)In this module you will take part in intensive creation periods with an international guest choreographer. You will develop your technical and performance skills and deepen your understanding of the creative process through varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches.
Techniques for Performance (Level 7)This module will include daily technical training to develop your interpretive and presentational skills in preparation for performance. You will explore motion complexity, qualitative interpretation, musicality, alignment, flexibility, core strength, and stamina as you develop the technical skills you will need as a professional dancer.
Repertory 2This practical module is an opportunity to work on the creation or re-staging of a repertoire work. You will engage with choreographic devising and performance as an independent group or as part of the MA company mapdance. To study this module you must also select Techniques for Performance.
Artist as ProducerYou will undertake initial research into a range of contemporary dance and performance related platforms, festivals, projects and artist-development schemes both within the UK and in European or international contexts. You will develop an articulation of your work and practice through the development of a website resource that includes a distinctive artist’s ‘statement’.
Philosophy and AestheticsIn this theoretical module you will explore how knowledge about dance is rooted in philosophical and aesthetic ideologies, from both historicised and contemporary perspectives. You will look through a wide lens at dance and its evolving beliefs, with the main focus on dance as art, and contemporary dance.
Pedagogical Approaches in DanceYou will analyse, deconstruct and reconstruct technical exercises and phrases to build a critical base of teaching material. You will explore planning, phrase construction and giving corrections in dance teaching in the context of somatic development and consideration of issues relating to health and safety. As well as being introduced to lesson planning, devising schemes of work for different levels and abilities you are expected to undertake critical analysis and evaluation of professional dance classes.
Scientific Principles of Dance PracticeYou will use a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and independent exploratory tasks to examine interrelated theories from motor learning and control, physiological training principles, psychological approaches to dance practice and embodied perception. You will consider how to apply these principles to advance and enhance dance practice.
Developing Dance PracticeYou will explore strategies for developing dance practitioner processes, working practices, and creative and organisational methods specific to a work-based context. You will explore a practice of your choice and engage with tutorials either in person or remotely.
New Media and Performance PracticesDuring this practical and theoretical module you will engage in the conceptual issues of digital media in the context of choreographic works and installations. You will develop the skills required to produce creative work using digital media and documentation, and produce the dissemination of performance or performative practices on DVD, web-based or other digital formats.
Body in SiteYou will complete a self-directed choreographic exploration task in the University’s virtual learning environment.
Rehearse and perform in practical spaces
You will perform in an Arts Council funded Dance Theatre Space and rehearse in four superb dance studios, the large gymnasium and two sprung-floor spaces. You will also be able to take advantage of a programme of dance company performances, workshops and events supported by Arts Council funding.
Dance Studios and Rehearsal Spaces
Exercise Laboratory Facilities
Learning Resource Centre
Hear from our students
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Where this course could lead
This course will prepare you for a range of careers and give you experience with a touring dance company. This course also could be a stepping-stone towards further research and PhD study.
You will develop skills in:
- Teaching in the context of a touring company
- Choreographic methodology and critical thinking
- Working independently (via dissertation projects)
- Research and written communication skills
2020 Souvenir Booklet
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Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
You will need to audition for this course.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply?
Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to our postgraduate application form. We will consider your application and you may be invited to audition and interview.
When does this course start?
This course starts in September 2022.