Universities, colleges and art schools in Amsterdam pool their knowledge at the ‘Managing your Talents’ conference

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On 29 and 30 August the Conservatorium van Amsterdam will host its first international conference, ‘Managing your Talents’. This conference marks the new collaborative efforts of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Theaterschool, the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam to link research and the performing arts.

All these educational institutions have knowledge that is important to the training of performing artists. Their knowledge covers not just the artistic metier and teaching practices, but also extends to the biomedical, psychological and cognitive sciences.

The programme is based on four themes: talent, practice, excellence and (over)exertion. The speakers come from a wide range of disciplines such as music, dance, medical science, psychology, cognitive science, teaching and movement science. Daniel Levitin (professor of neuropsychology, McGill University, Montreal) is a keynote speaker. Attendees will see examples of teaching and rehearsal techniques for professional artistic training.

The Amsterdam educational establishments want to combine and share their knowledge more closely in the years to come and to formulate a joint research agenda. This is of the utmost importance for the further development of a sector in which extraordinary performances must be given under the watchful eye of a critical audience. Not just the schools, but other organisations in the field of performing arts will profit from this research as well.

The conference ‘Managing your Talents: Interdisciplinary Research on the Performing Arts’ is important to everyone who is directly or indirectly involved in artistic training. It is also a must for anyone with a scientific interest in the performing arts who wants to share this interest with researchers from a wide range of disciplines. To find more information and to register, visit www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl/managingyourtalents.