We would like to say: welcome!

Our Department focuses on contemporary theatre and dance as intermediate, interdisciplinary, intercultural and international. Our areas of research focus are: dance; the theory and practice of dramaturgy; community arts; the impact of technology on contemporary performance practice; questions of embodiment and corporeality; and the relationships between the performing arts and the visual culture.
This website describes our Departmental activities. It also reflects our evolving understanding of contemporary practice as one of hybrid projects that both respect and erase the borders of and between theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life.

EN WhyTheatre XL! about spectatorship (29th of September, 16.30-19.00hrs, Het Huis)
The WhyTheatre?! collaborative program of Het Huis Utrecht and Theatre Studies / Utrecht University will continue this season as WhyTheatre XL! The WhyTheatre XL! are extended editions that focus on actual and relevant topics in contemporary theatre and performance, building connections between theory and practice.

This WhyTheatre XL! investigates spectatorship and the public space and is powered by Platform – Scenography (P-S). Approaches to spectatorship in theatre and performance have changed radically during  the past decennia, and theorists and practitioners alike have raised the question where actually the spectacle takes place. In this WhyTheatre? XL, P-S investigates sites of spectatorship beyond the theatre building, by exposing public spaces as scenographic spaces. Collaboratively, we will explore how we are addressed by those spaces, and delve into the design of spectatorship. See the website of Het Huis for more information.

Platform-Scenography is an analogue and digital network by and for scenographers, which immerses itself in scenographic thinking and working.

EN WhyTheatre?! about movement economies (7th of October, 15.00-17.00hrs, Het Huis)
An encounter about dance (improvisation), risk-taking in it, and its potential for resisting commodification with Susan Foster and João da Silva.
To dance in general and to improvise in particular requires particular modes of being attuned to the world, on and off the ‘stage’. How might dance (improvisation) help us to understand, and perhaps rethink, our modes of moving in the world with others? Can dance (improvisation) inform a positive approach to risk-taking beyond the current culture of fear? How might dance (improvisation) resist or trouble commodification?
During an afternoon at Het Huis, Susan Foster and João da Silva will discuss these and other questions, followed by a score for improvisation for all involved. Starting point for this will be João da Silva’s PhD thesis Risk-Taking and Large-Group Dance (Improvisation), which he will defend at Utrecht University on the 5th of October.

Susan Leigh Foster is a choreographer, dancer and leading dance theorist. She is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the UCLA. João da Silva is a dancer and a choreographer of a number of small-scale works. He is currently senior lecturer at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem. He has taught dance improvisation and composition extensively, and mentored dozens of BA and MA students in a number of countries. See the website of Het Huis for more information.

NL Stage TheaterDramaturgie.Bank
De TheaterDramaturgie.Bank wordt vernieuwd! Stage lopen aan de universiteit, bij Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, meehelpen de bank vernieuwen, bijdragen aan de inhoud van de bank (interviews houden met dramaturgen!) en onderzoek doen naar dramaturgen en de processen waarbij ze betrokken zijn? Bekijk dan de bijlage.

NL Lezing Sigrid Merx
Op zondag 4 september gaf Sigrid Merx in het kader van de Culturele Zondagen op verzoek van het Studium Generale een lezing over kunst in de stad en hoe kunst in de openbare ruimte de voorbijganger op meer en minder subtiele wijze kan ontregelen. De lezing is hier in z’n geheel te beluisteren.

EN These are our new MA students!

New MA students

Vicky Itsiou I am from Greece and my academic background is in political science. From an early age I have been engaged in the performative arts and the last years I worked as both a performer and a dancer and participated in many projects in my country. I have an interest in all aspects of art and my goal is to discover new ways to merge them together. My research interests are quite diverse and include aspects of spectatorship, intermediality and the use of new media in performance, as well as the merging of theory and practice as a tool to interpret and influence artistic practices. During the programme I hope to actively contribute in creative processes from a dramaturgical perspective and have the opportunity to meet new artists and get to know their various approaches and methodologies towards the creation of new material.

Chloe Calvet I studied in France photography for fours years and then documentary film for one year. I wrote a thesis on links between visual arts and performing arts and how a light-, photo- or video-projection can provoke thoughts or movements for a dancer, an actor or a member of the audience.

Nadine Grinberg I come from Bulgaria, I did my Bachelors in Performing Arts in Paris and then came to live (and perform) in the Netherlands. I am interested in site-specific performance, dance and interdisciplinary creative processes.

Nicole van der Wilt I am from Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and I study Contemporary theatre, dance and dramaturgy in Utrecht because of the broad use of the theatre concept on all aspect of society. Before I got into the master I did a bachelor degree in Human Geography and Planning (Geoscience) also in Utrecht. During my bachelor I came into contact with theatre studies because of the freedom I had in my bachelor for doing courses outside my own faculty and my passion for going to the theatre made me decide to follow theatre courses. My interest within theatre is foremost in musical but the theatre courses made me open up to more theatre companies and -genres, like Orkater and Toneelgroep Oostpool. Other interesting subjects are related to my bachelor, like the function of the theatre building in cities or society.

Javier López Piñón Career in opera with a special attention to early music and new work. Head of drama at Dutch National Opera Academy from 1999 – retirement june 2016. Music Theatre teacher at Regie-opleiding Theaterschool Amsterdam University of the Arts) 2002-2015. Fields of interest: New multidisciplinary (music)theatre/opera. West-African theatre (Théâtre Populaire, Concert Party, contemporary playwrighting) and traditional rituals/ceremonies. Research into how contexts (sociological, spatial) influence audience perception of performances.

Marieke Buytenhuijs Hello! I am 24 years old and originally from a small city in Noord-Holland called Alkmaar. During my high school I did dance academy at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) and after graduating I started studying Theatrestudies and French culture and language at University of Amsterdam. In 2014 I did an Erasmus in Paris at Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle which was an amazing experience! At Utrecht University I would like to explore the field of dance dramaturgy, besides I would love to research how dance and technology can be combined and what are the consequences of such a collaboration. I hope I can do my internship at a dance company in France, in this way I can combine my two passions: dance and France, and it rhymes, how great!

Juriaan Achthoven Netherlands. Background in theatre, education, physical acting. Currently interested in aesthetic experience and new media.

Ia Tanskanen-Paavola I come from Finland. I did my Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts in Helsinki in 2011. I have gained hands-on experience working as a drama instructor, a performer and a singer-songwriter. The last years I have been working as an educator-innovator of the Physiological Writing Method which is a method that explores the possibilities of the human body and physical exercises in unlocking the creative writing process. At the moment my core interests are the multiple possibilities of dramaturgy, embodiment and interactive theatre.

Lisa Marée I’m from the Netherlands and already have a bachelor’s degree as a primary school teacher and in Media and Culture Studies (previously called Theatre, Film, and Television Studies). My main interests are in the field of dramaturgy and programming. I personnally like repertoire pieces and text-based theatre, but I’m also interested in the broader field of theatre and dance, which I hope to get engaged with this year.

Sunayana Mohanty I am from India, where I completed my post graduation in Journalism & Mass Communication and have been working in the field of non-fiction television programming.  I am interested in the interdisciplinary process of creation and media in performance, especially in dance.