In the beginning of March 2016, Jeroen Peeters and Jennifer Lacey visited MA Programmes in Choreography and in Dance Performance giving an international seminar and workshop that dealt with and questioned the theoretical and methodological premises for some contemporary dramaturgical and compositional ideas, such as performance dramaturgy and heterogenous stage. Jeroen Peeters is a Belgian dramaturge, performer and writer and Lacey is a renowned American choreographer and teacher based in Paris.
Could you tell about your background?
I come from Japan, where I studied the euphonium for four years in the bachelor’s programme at Kunitachi College of Music. Later on I took an advanced, two-year course for soloists in the same school. I eventually ended up in the Sibelius Academy in 2013 and I’m now doing my master’s studies here.
What attracted you to music and your instrument?
Gesa Piper has danced since early childhood. She is originally from Germany but took her first dance degree at Artez Dance Academy in Holland. Afterwards Piper worked as a freelance dancer, but eventually found herself at a point where she wanted to re-evaluate the development of her artistic self.
- I had come across some Finnish dancers and artists and I also found something interesting in Finland itself. I followed my feelings and my intuition, and they led me here to the Theatre Academy to study dance pedagogy.
Mirza Cizmic, a student in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, encourages future artists to express their artistic personality.
Mirza Cizmic began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, the same year that University of the Arts Helsinki was established. Born in Bosnia, Cizmic’s journey has led him from his home country to Sweden and ultimately, to Finland. Before coming to Helsinki, Mirza studied in Munka Konstskola in Sweden. It was there that he first encountered the name Academy of Fine Arts, in a Swedish art magazine.
The Master’s degree programme Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS, taught entirely in English) has welcomed six new students from different parts of the world this autumn – one from Asia, the rest from Europe.
What’s special about this Master’s programme is the combination of theory-based performance research with practical performance art.
Diego Garrido Sanz came to the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki from Madrid, Spain as an exchange student. In Madrid, he studied Musical Theater in the school named Real Escuel Superior de Arte Dramático (RESAD). Diego has studied in TeaK for almost two years now. In the first year, he was as an exchange student, studying everything that he could.
-In my first year here I accomplished 50 % more courses than the mandatories. I made my own program and I was trying to take out the best of this school.
Out of the four music schools in North America and Europe that she has attended, the Sibelius Academy is the one U.S. born clarinettist Lucy Abrams calls home.
You learn by doing.
When his colleagues in Australia told him about their experiences about studying and working at the Sibelius Academy, conducting student Edward Ananian-Cooper knew that this was where he would be able to realise his dream of becoming a conductor.
Studying at a conservatoire in Tokyo, Sibelius Academy piano student Ayane wanted to broaden her horizons. The solution came to her in the form of a teacher.
After an exciting exchange year at the Sibelius Academy during her Master’s studies, Romanian jazz singer and student Elena Mindru wanted to return to the school to pursue a doctoral degree.