Do you feel you need to DO something in reaction to a deep crisis in the future of humanity, to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Are you longing for a space of discussion which brings together artists, scholars, and activists to create new types of cultural productions that transcend—rather than merely criticise—the status quo? Then MA Contemporary Performance Practices may be where your ideas belong.

This MA will enter its 3rd year in 2018, and is offered by award winning theatre and digital art company ZU-UK at the University of East London and at GAS Station. The interdisciplinary programme takes a practice-based approach working across traditional disciplines of spoken word, performance, drama, sound/music and urban dance, as well as game-design, technology and applied/community based practices.

We invite applications from those desperately excited by ideas and keen to transform their ideas into performative and critically engaged experiences for curious audiences, participants and players. We also encourage a wide range of references and impulses from varied sources; from scientific research to Jason and the Argonauts to contemporary dance to data visualisation to Fame the Musical to astronomy to Freud to The Fall to the study of knowledge. The programme encourages making of art as social actions, personal transgressions and public interventions.

Located in East London, the MA Contemporary Performance Practices is at the centre of an area of intense cultural development and potential for innovation. UEL offers fantastic opportunities to work alongside established national cultural and artistic partners (previously LIFT, Olympic Park, East London Dance). Included in the MA is the also opportunity for all students to participate in one of ZU-UK’s renowned DRIFT residencies, which the company have been running since 2006 in over 11 countries.

The programme has the advantage of professional rehearsal studios and technical facilities at UEL and GAS Station. The MA is structured in a way that will allow students to continue working alongside the course – with most classes scheduled in the evenings.

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