Course Availability: Part Time
'Hence it is from the representation of things spoken by means of
posture and gesture that the whole of the art of dance has been elaborated.'
~ Plato ~
New Gestural Arts Programme
'Gestures create a language that is understandable for everyone - a language that goes beyond words, beyond cultural borders, beyond preconceptions, right to the heart of what it means to be human.'
Do you want to give your artistic impulses shape and direction, refine them and embed them in a meaningful context in society? Then this International Performing Arts course might be the right training for you.
‘Gestural Performing Arts' is a genuine artistic approach that enables you to connect with the audience and social environment in a deep level, connecting the visceral, conscious and spiritual in order to convey your narrative and embody your artistic individuality more fully.
The course aims to build bridges to contemporary performing practice where gestural techniques and approaches are present in many diverse ways. 'Gesture', as an artistic principle, will be taught and offered as a tool to create, shape and design consciously social life an anchoring reference within the practical training will be the work of Jacques Lecoq’s Théâtre du Geste and Michael Checkov‘s Psychological Gesture. At the same time, the students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own artistic practice, particularly their personal beliefs, ideals and motivations. Not a method or a style will be taught, but tools and space will be given to enable each student to develop his/her own performance practice while exploring the broader context of his/her work in relation to audience, community and world.
'Gesture' will be the key element linking spiritual and social as well as artistic and daily life, at its core is the human body. Yet gesture, in this perspective, is not limited to the movement of the body, but includes all means of expression of our existence: it is a creative archetypal principle that is able to form, transform and perform our impulses and hence shape and mould our natural and social environment.
Introductory Courses 2018:
led by Prof. Roland Matthies
March 17th - 25th 2018 (9 days)
@ Emerson College
Course Fee: £ 750
July 1st - 15th 2018 (2 weeks)
@ Kulturcentrum Järna
Course Fee: £ 980
Special price package for both courses : £ 1390
Note: A total of 14 Credits (6 ECTS each from 'Performing Voice, Gestural Speech, Embodied Text' and 8 ECTS from 'Organic Gestures, Performing the Gestural Language of Nature') can be counted towards the Postgraduate Diploma for those students who decide to enroll for the whole programme starting in September 2018.
See also: https://www.gesturalarts.com/upcoming
The Postgraduate Diploma Course
Performing Arts / Gestural Arts 2018 - 2021
- People with an artistic profession who want to deepen their artistic work and give it new impetus, forms and direction
- People who work in their profession with artistic media or are wanting to apply it in their work and and are striving for broadening and deepening their artistic understanding or repertoire
- or students having already completed an art related BA degree and are striving to achieve an MA degree (Master of Arts) or MFA degree (Master of Fine Arts) Fine Arts and Performing Arts in Society at the University HKS Ottersberg with professional focus placed on Gestural Performing Arts
The aims of this course are:
- To enable students to embody a gestural approach to performance and creative processes in art and society
- To enable students to develop somatic ease and flexibility to self, other and space
- To enable students to understand their artistic work as "embodied research" where theory and practice and spirit and body will not be understood as separated parts, but as interacting organs within a holistic gestural ensemble
- To enable students to integrate their personal artistic approaches and their individual creativity in a larger social context and hence contribute as artists consciously to social development and change
900 hours contact time in 10 modules + online mentoring and meetings for group work in between
The course is designed as a part time Postgraduate Diploma Course. It can be studied in 10 modules over 30 months. 90 ECTS can be achieved according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and can be credited and used for a following MA or MFA programme Fine Arts and Performing Arts in Society offered by University of Applied Scienes and Arts HKS Ottersberg. The masters programme can be completed within a further 6 months of study. Students may apply with a draft of a personal art project they want to develop and present during their studies.
The whole programme is a 30 month Postgraduate Diploma Course comprising of 5 open modules available to all and followed by a further 5 modules for people looking to receive a Postgraduate Diploma.
The training is made up of four strands:
Strand 1 – Gestural training with Prof. Roland Matthies and Rachel Porter
Core skills will be taught to enable students to embody a gestural approach to performance and creative process as a form of embodied research interwoven in practice and theory
Strand 2 – Guest trainers/ Lecturers
Throughout the training, practicing artists and academics will be invited for short periods to teach/train/inspire/advise and supervise students in their exploration and research of gestural practice
Strand 3 – Independent project with individual supervision
The projects will be shown in a final public presentation in the end of the course
Strand 4 (optional) – Master‘s Thesis facilitated by University of Applied Sciences and Arts HKS Ottersberg
The programme is delivered by InGA – International Institute for Gestural Arts, an Institute of the Hochschule für Künste im Sozialen, University of Applied Sciences and Arts HKS OTTERSBERG (Germany) on behalf of Emerson College (GB) and in cooperation with Kulturcentrum Järna (Sweden).
For more information and application modalities:
Students having successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma Course Performing Arts / Gestural Arts and fulfilling the formal prerequisites may enter the last term of the International MA / MFA Course Fine Arts and Performing Arts in Society.
Dates 2018 - 2021
1. BASICS 10 days,
2. BODY AND SPACE (Form - Transform - Perform) 14 days,
These modules are open for application to everybody and can be taken separately. Please apply with a short cv and a motivation letter.
The following Advanced modules are reserved for those students who are wanting to go on with the PGDip. Prerequisite is the successful completion of the Foundation modules and the draft of a project the applicant wants to accomplish during his / her studies as well as a 4 week internship)
6. SUBJECT 14 days, Dec 7 - 21 2019, Emerson College
*Please note: credits from the first 5 modules taken independently will be counted towards the Postgraduate Diploma for those students who decide to enroll for the whole programme later.
Subsequent MASTER Ottersberg (2nd term, "summer semester"):
March - August 2021 (full time)
- PgDip-Course Performing Arts / Gestural Arts: £9,660 + examination and administration fees (payable in 30 monthly installments of £322)
- MA / MFA Course Fine Arts and Performing Arts in Society: + £2,880
Prices of open modules (1 - 5)
Costs (all prices in GBP):
- Modules 1 - 5 (package price) £3,980
- Modules 1, 3 and 5 (each): £770
- Modules 2 and 4 (each): £980
The programme is delivered by InGA – International Institute for Gestural Arts, an Institute of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts HKS Ottersberg under direction of Prof. Roland Matthies and Rachel Porter on behalf of Emerson College and in cooperation with Kulturcentrum Järna