PERFORMING ARTS – COMMON PROFESSIONAL LIFE
You choose whether you want to work with Theatre or Contemporary Circus when you arrive at our school. You have some joint classes on these lines, and you experience and co-create the magic of the stage at the Theatre and Contemporary Circus lines. The two lines work with the stage expression, impression, and imprint, which are captured through different processes and productions – on the individual line separately and together.
A well-known theatre director was once asked what characterizes a good actor. The answer was 50% Heart and 50% Art in other words equal part self-esteem, impulsivity, X-factor as well as originality, and equal part technique.
The actor’s training at our theatre line is equally divided between technical exercises for voice and body and then a very profound personal work with yourself as an actor.
You will discover that we seek to strengthen the self and to massage and loosen up the places where the actor, so to speak, stands in the way of himself; stands in the way of being able to express oneself optimally.
The goal is that you have free and safe access to your inner self in the teaching. It is both a demanding but also a very rewarding journey, which can make you vulnerable and exposed, but which can also release and give you strength for great joy and relief. You will experience a liberating insight into yourself and gain access to be able to express several aspects of yourself.
Based on the individual student’s experiences and abilities, the stay at our theatre line provides a foundation of craftsmanship that enables you to assess artistic challenges and choose solutions that spring from your personal power.
The stay is characterized by a close interplay between practice, theory, and reflection. It focuses on your work with your voice and body, dramatic method, dramatic literature as well as academic and interdisciplinary projects. As the stay progresses, the meeting with the audience also becomes part of the experience, and you learn both to develop your own artistic projects and to be a part of artistic communities with the aim of exploring and challenging the performing art.
Contemporary circus performances are shown everywhere, both on ordinary theatre stages, outdoors in the urban space and in small and large circus tents. Contemporary circus is an alternative circus form that mixes exceptional physical ability and art. Contemporary circus defines itself as an independent performing arts form, defines itself in relation to other performing arts forms, and continues to redefine itself to create something new and explore new possibilities.
Contemporary circus is for you who seek to create an artistic diversity, and who seek to work with a dramaturgical context or with a narrative dimension. It is for you who seek to create an artistic experiment through the meeting of several stage disciplines.
At the contemporary circus line, you work with the following topics:
Characters and expressions.
Physical work with the body for example through dance, parkour, pole dancing, strength training.
Immerse yourself into finesses of juggling, Kendama and the like.
Inspiration by collaboration.
Challenges and work creatively.
Creating scenic characters that go beyond fixed templates.
Throughout the semester, you are introduced to the following circus disciplines e.g.:
Aerial acrobatics (such as trapeze, aerial hoop, rope, silks, straps).
We place great emphasis on good physical fitness and strength, coordination, and agility training. The further we progress into the semester, the more we work with self-chosen disciplines, and end with a joint tour. We work across and closely with the other lines at the school, as it is our experience that we can mutually inspire and motivate each other.
We work closely with other European circus schools.
As a dancer, you get a lot out of being a student at the Contemporary Circus line or Theatre line if you are interested in developing your stage talent, in acrobatics and in exploring modern ways of making performances.
Gate subjects unite the line subjects that are related.
We have three gate subjects:
- music production
- performing arts
The three gate subjects have some common classes during the semester. The classes focus on the joint interests and the creation of synergies of the lines.
Knowledge subjects focus on becoming proficient in a skill. These subjects are elective subjects which you can choose twice each semester. Knowledge subjects go across the lines.
We currently offer the subjects below, but these can vary depending on what the teachers offer as lectures and what is of interest at this very moment in time.
- Piano for practical use
- Voice training
- Studio techniques
- Topic of focus
- Art painting
Spiritual subjects are elective subjects that you select twice during the semester. These subjects do not aim at finding answers. The purpose is to reflect, debate, converse and be puzzled by big and small questions in life.
Currently, the below subjects are offered, but these all vary depending on the semester and interest:
- Philosophical salon.
- The world – in which direction are you moving?
- Conversation room.
- Reading club.
- Protest songs – Art and Politics.
We have joint assemblies, folk high school evenings and gatherings with common academic content, including:
We sing together in our large students’ choir once a week.
Singing, Games and Movement [Sang, Spil og Bevægelse short SSB in Danish] is a subject for everyone.
This subject unites us, and through serious-minded games gives us more enjoyment of the togetherness.
And it develops our bodily sense of rhythm at the same time.