James Kahane: With freedom comes responsibility for your development

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Could you tell about your background?
I’m 20 years old and I come from Paris. I studied conducting at first in France in a private school, with Adrian McDonnell. After finishing high school I went to Tel Aviv University’s Buchmann-Mehta School of Music to study in the bachelor’s programme for orchestral conducting. After two years there I decided to apply to Sibelius Academy and got accepted to study orchestra conducting. Right now I’m in my first year in the programme.

Paul Takahashi: At the core of everything is your personal artistic practice

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What is your study programme and what year are you on?
I’m at my second year of my master’s programme in the Painting department. I started directly at master’s level in autumn 2014. I’m due to graduate in the spring of 2016.

Where did you study before?
I studied in Lyon, the Lyon School of Fine Arts, at the bachelor’s level for four years. I studied fine arts there.

Questioning Heterogeneous Stage with Jeroen Peeters and Jennifer Lacey

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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.

Ayako Higurashi encourages everyone to be active and to seize all opportunities

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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 graduated from Dance Pedagogy and now teaches in Theatre Academy

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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.

To be yourself is all that you can do

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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.

LAPS brings together many kinds of artists

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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´s exchange year became two years

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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.

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