Master's Degree Programme in Dance Performance

The Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance is comprised of two years of full-time studies. They develop the student’s skills as a performer, as an independent and reflective artist and his/her preparedness to function in diverse and variable contexts of dance art.

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Studies

The core of the studies is versatile research in the practices of a performer in the frameworks of dance art and other similar art forms. They constitute of dancer’s theme studies and artistic projects, contextual studies giving background to contemporary performance and dancer’s work, individual studies, and a thesis. A student will be more prepared to understand his/her performer’s art and he/she will contemplate its possible exposure. The student will also be able to deepen his/her understanding of art, formulated by this job, and the special questions of his/her own art form, when writing the thesis, which is part of the final work.

Degree Requirements
During the studies, the student develops both as a solo performer and as an active member of an artistic team who reflects on artistic questions from the position of the performer. The studies support their development as an artist and performer with a personal voice in relation to the changing society and its changing views of art and humanity.
Admissions
The residential MA Programme in Dance Performance is open to international students and is tuition free for EU / EEA students. The intake to the MA programme is biannual. The next application period is in January 2019.
Collaborations
MA Programme in Dance Performance collaborates with the other study programmes in the Theatre Academy as well as with the Performing Arts Research Center (Tutke). In their studies the students are able to participate in internships, or pursue further studies or personal projects. Photo: Tani Simberg, from Eeva Muilu's piece ~ ~ ~
Theatre Academy Dance Company
TADaC was designed to facilitate the transition from training to professional practice and is fulfilling the mission. In the final year of their MA studies dancers collaborate with established choreographers and perform work created especially for them.

Teachers

Professor in Dance (on maternity leave until 1.8.2019)
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance
Lecturer in Contemporary Dance

Visiting teachers

Visiting teachers

VISITING TEACHERS AND ARTISTS 2015–2017

Maryam Abdulkarim, Annette ArlanderIsabel Gonzalez, Niko Hallikainen, Kirsi Heimonen, Karin JamesonTuuja Jänicke, Outi Järvinen, Ami Karvonen, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Mari Kätkä, Jennifer LaceyBenoît Lachambre, Sonya Lindfors, Miika Luoto, Anne Makkonen, Jukka Miettinen, Mirva Mäkinen, Fornier Ortiz, Anne Pajunen, Jeroen Peeters, Elina Pirinen, Pilvi Porkola, Mary PrestigeMimmu Rankanen, Päivi Saraste, Jaakko Simola, Katri Soini, Harriet SeveliusJarko Taivasmaa, Jukka Tarvainen, Kirsi Törmi, Emmi Venna, Raisa Vennamo, Heidi Väätänen, Jeremy Wade

Students

Students

2017-2019

Matilda Aaltonen
Taru Aho
Anni Kaila
Ella Koikkalainen
Riikka Laurilehto
Janna Loukas
Aino Purhonen
Ilona Salonen
Laura Sorvari
Anna-Irene Stenberg
Jussi Suomalainen

 

2015-2019

Krista-Julia Arppo
Anni Koskinen

Graduates

Years 2013–2015

Meeri Altmets
Maria Autio
Mia Jaatinen
Minna Karttunen
Misa Lommi
Mikko Makkonen
Viivi Niiniketo
Satu Rinnetmäki
Sini Siipola
Elisa Tuovila

 

Years 2011–2013

Marja Koponen
Carita Lähteenmäki
Aksinja Lommi
Arttu Palmio
Liisa Oikkonen
Katja Sallinen
Heidi Suur-hamari
Sofia Simola
Ulla Väätäinen

 

Years 2009–2011

Anniina Jääskeläinen
Jaana Kovanen
Kati Korosuo
Kaisa Pesonen
Liisa Pietikäinen
Eeva Rantala
Mirva Väänänen

 

Years 2007–2009

Rea-Liina Brunou
Raimonda Gudaviciute
Leena Harjunpää
Elina Häyrynen
Saara Junttila
Ahto Koskitalo
Terhi Kuokkanen
Jouni Majaniemi
Anne Pajunen
Elina Puukka
Elina Räisänen
Jukka Tarvainen
Emmi Venna

Open sources

In addition to bringing a variety of new performances every season, the Programmes in Dance (BA & MA) are active motors in public discussion in the dance field. They organize open lectures, the video documentations of which are available online. Some of the publications of the Kinesis publication serie of the Degree Programs of the Theatre Academy, are available on the Internet. Many of the doctoral theses are also available online at the Acta Senica publication's website. Other publications can be purchased from the Unigrafia webshop. The programmes also bring out newsletters for its intrerest groups.  

 

Kinesis Publications

Kinesis Publications

Kinesis is publication series for dance programmes at Theatre Academy. The publications can be bought at University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy’s Library (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki) or ordered from Unigrafia web shop at https://shop.unigrafia.fi. Some of the Kinesis books are also available online.

List of Kinesis Publications

2018

2017

  • João Cerqueira da Silva Junior: Reflections on Improvisation, Choreography and Risk-Taking in Advanced Capitalism. Kinesis 8
  • Ismo-Pekka Heikinheimo: Taideteossidonnaista koreografiaa museokontekstissa. ("Artwork Specific Choreography in a Museum Context"). Kinesis 7

2015

2014

 

2012

 

Artistic Research

The Master’s Degree Programme in Dance Performance advances students’ preparedness for doctoral studies, and it collaborates with the Theatre Academy’s Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke). The programme also contributes to publishing international dance research for Theatre Academy's Kinesis series.

Photo: Lauri Jäntti, from Mirva Mäkinen's piece Spherical Spaces

Contact

 

Planning Officer
Jan-Peter Kaiku


Department Secretary
Rita Heino