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OPEN CALL FOR APPLICANTS || PERFORMING ARTS MFA at ICELAND UNI. OF THE ARTS

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OUT IN THE WORLD
DEEP IN THE CITY

PERFORMING ARTS MFA AT ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

www.masterinperformingarts.com

In residency in the Icelandic countryside

 

I. Open call to all doers, makers and thinkers

This is an open call to all doers, makers and thinkers – all artists, curators and designers – all practitioners from across the disciplines – looking to further develop and extend their practice in the performance-related field.

This twelve-month learning, research and art-making master, based in Reykjavík, Iceland, runs as three semesters back-to-back – from August to August – with an option to extend your engagement with the programme for up to twelve-months further through a specially EU-funded post-graduation training scheme.

The programme organises around a learning, research and art-making culture of rigorous listening, care, precision, ambitious group exchange and learning, as well as a high level of one-on-one focus. Practitioners enrol on the programme with a project – or a focus – which is then nurtured, developed and realised with us over the course of the programme.

Those enrolled are provided with:

 
 

– Extensive access to a diverse range of studios

– On-going studio visits

– Well equipped facilities

– Residencies

– Regular sharing and feedback situations

– All facilitated by leading practitioners from Iceland and all over the world

– Intensive peer-to-peer exchange

– Continuous mentoring

– On-going workshops, labs and symposiums.

– Weekly experimental voice- and body-based practice-sharing sessions

– Reading groups and writing seminars

 
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EMBRACING ALL KINDS OF STRANGE

PERFORMING ARTS MFA AT ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

www.masterinperformingarts.com

Graduate work by artist Tim Darbyshire

 

II. Course Structure and fees

 

Year One

The first twelve months are spread over three semesters and functions as a full-time residency programme. There is, however, negotiable flexibility, allowing for those enrolled to continue to navigate professional commitments.

i. August to December

The semester is organised into blocks and is variable cycle to cycle, but centrally organises around the following:

Independent Practice and Mentoring I (30%)

Each enrolled practitioner begins the engage with their project (or focus). A block of five weeks will begin with a residency in the Icelandic countryside, studio access will be provided, studio visits and mentoring, all culminating in sharings and peer-to-peer feedback sessions.

Sparks I (25%)

Workshops, labs and symposiums from international and national practitioners from across disciplines.

Art in Dialogue I (25%)

Here the focus is on further developing each practitioner’s relationship to writing and speaking about their own work; how each practitioner reflects, contextualises and produces discourse around their work; what kinds of discursive exchanges do they want to have through and around their work.

Morning Classes (20%)

Here the focus is on regular morning sessions, where different practitioners are invited in from Iceland and abroad to facilitate experimental body- and voice-based classes. These classes are not thought of as a training, so much as a collective space of sweating and thinking with the body together.

Additionally

In addition there are series of optional theoretical and practical long and short courses which can be taken that operate across departments and support each enrolled practitioner to add to their own curriculum in ways that are most responsive to their needs and objectives.

ii. January to May

This period follows on with the second editions of each module started in the first semester, but this time with increased depth and specificity to the enrolled practitioners own work. This semester also comes with the option of participating in a series of optional theoretical and practical long and short courses which can be taken that operate across departments and support each enrolled practitioner to add to their own curriculum in ways that are most responsive to their needs and objectives. Furthermore – this semester comes with the option to enrol in light, sound, video, print-making, wood and metal workshops.

iii. June to August

This semester is focussed entirely on the graduation project. Each practitioner has diverse and extensive studio access – throughout the period. Significant mentoring, studio visits and peer-to-peer exchange. Access to a light and sound technician, wood and metal workshop with support to work there, as well as project management, marketing and communication support.

Additionally, the morning classes continue throughout this period.

Fees for Year One

The first three semesters come with a fee per semester. Information on fees can be found at the link below.

Optional Year Two

The option of the second twelve months are self-organised with the support of the programme.

There are no tuition fees for this second period.

Upon graduating from the first year, those that desire to continue to learn, research and practice for a further twelve months can apply via the Performing Arts MFA programme, for a monthly subsidy, funded by the EU Erasmus Traineeship scheme (currently between 700 and 800 euros per month).

This option, available to our graduates, allows practitioners to work with an institution, artist or practitioner of their choice – anywhere in Europe – for anything between three and twelve months. It is also possible to work with several different partners over the twelve month period.

This second year can provide a professional springboard, propelling graduates further towards their artistic and professional objectives, with on-going access to the programme in the form of support, networking and reflection.

 
 
 
 
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WE’RE GATHERING EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITIES OUT HERE

PERFORMING ARTS MFA AT ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

www.masterinperformingarts.com

The Dance by Henri Matisse.

 

III. Who we’ve worked with

We are very lucky with all the people we have the opportunity to listen and learn from on this programme. In the last three cycles we have worked with:

Satu Herrala (FI), Jacob Wren (CA), Kroot Juurak (ES) and Alex Bailey (UK), Werner Herzog (DE), Fabrizio Terranova (BE/IT), Marina Rees (FR), Margrét Blondal (IS), Pony Express (AUS), Andy Field (UK), Anne Carson (US), Samira Elagoz (FI), Christophe Meierhans (BE), Kate McKintosh (NZ), Egill Sæbjörnsson (IS), Tania Bruguera (CUB), Brokentalkers (IRE), contact Gonzo (JP), Agnes Quackels (BE), Gerald Kurdian (FR), Blast Theory (UK), Ólafur Ólafsson (IS), Libia Castro (ESP), Choy Ka Fai (SGP), Franko B (IT), Erna Ómarsdóttir (IS), Valdimar Johannsson (IS), Erik De Luca (US), Tinna Ottesen (IS), Marisa Olson (US), Antonia Alampi (IT), Iliana Fokianaki (GRC), Holly Herndon (US), Boyle and Shaw (GB), Valgerður Bjarnardóttir (IS), Adam Gibbons (UK), Per Ananiassen (NO), Steinunn Ketilsdóttir (IS), Yana Ross (RU), Rosie Heinrich (UK/NL), Sodja Lotker (CZ), Dana Michel (US), Emma Rozgoni (SE), Noam Carmeli (ISR), Mette Edvardsen (NO), Matteo Fargion (IT/UK), Elina Pirinen (FI), Benedict Andrews (AUS), Ásgerður G. Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Steinunn Knútsdóttir (IS), Kviss Búmm Bang (IS), Eva Rún Snorradóttir (IS), Saga Sigurðardóttir (IS), Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir (IS), Þorbjörg Jónsdóttir (IS), Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson (IS), Ragnheiður Skúladóttir (IS), Alexander Roberts (UK/IS), Lauren Barri Holstein (UK), Berglind Tómasdóttir (IS), Aaron Wright (UK), Manolis Tsipos (GRC), Margrét Norðdahl (IS), Mammalian Diving Reflex (CA), Mark Storor (UK).

Local Partners

We work with many partners in the city including Every Body's Spectacular – International Performance Festival, to Lókal International Theatre Festival, independent coffeeshop and gallery Kaffi Laugarlækur, Reykjavík Dance Festival, Studio Ólafur Eliasson, The Living Art Museum, Vesturbæjarlaug, the Icelandic Nordic House, The Independent Theatre of Reykjavík, The Reykjavík City Theatre, The National Theatre of Iceland, The Iceland Dance Company, and Cycle Arts and Music Festival.

 
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The programme offered me encounters and friction with different minds and matters, challenges and openings, through which I had to confront my own practice, my methods, desires and reasons for making work. I am deeply thankful for the care I experienced on this programme… There seemed to be no limits to how adventurous (lost) one could get in the hunt or research, while still feeling the programme was with you, ears acutely listening and following the possibilities of the work through to the end.

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Graduate work by Saga Sigurðardóttir

 

IV. Into the city: a mobile academy

The programme situates itself as an international hyper-local city-wide mobile academy – taking seriously its locality within the city.

 
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That it is to say, while we are making full use of the rich resources available to us at the Iceland University of the Arts (diverse and extensive studio access; black boxes, white cubes, and music halls; wood, metal and print workshops; rich knowledge and experience), we approach the full breadth of the city as a learning, research and art-making platform. We approach the city as a diverse locality of sites, communities and extensive bodies of knowledge, questions, needs and desires, capable of profoundly enriching the work we do, and the ways in which we do it.

In real terms, this means a reading group, public talks and happenings regularly taking place in a local gallery and coffee shop; a seminar held in the hot tubs at the local swimming baths; a workshop on-the-move traversing from a greenhouse, to a fish factory, onto a glacier. It means recruiting a group of ten year olds to give feedback on the work we are making; opening up workshops for the public to join; it means each enrolled practitioner curating encounters between their work and people in the city (be that encounters with a molecular biologist, an economist, a witch, or all three). It means thinking porously – forever thinking about how the learning, research and art making leaks into the city, and equally how the city leaks into us.

 
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A READING GROUP IN A COFFEE SHOP.
A SEMINAR IN AT THE LOCAL SWIMMING BATH.
A WORKSHOP IN A GREENHOUSE.
A LAB ON A GLACIER.

PERFORMING ARTS MFA AT ICELAND UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

www.masterinperformingarts.com

Image courtesy of Ant Hampton and Christophe Meierhans

 

VII. Applying

Applicants should apply with a portfolio of previous work, a letter of motivation (no more than two pages), as well as an outline of a project or focus that you would like to develop over the period of the programme (no more than two pages).

There are two opportunities to apply for this programme:

January 21st 2019

This first deadline is recommended for those that wish to seek out and organise scholarships and other kinds of financial support. Applications are processed and an answer given with six weeks.

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March 29th 2019
For this second deadline, applications are processed and an answer given within four weeks.

We highly recommend that applicants take the time to look into the practicalities of moving to Iceland – how they will fund the study and manage their living.