Transdisciplinary Approaches: Composing Time & Space

Learning Objective
The course aims to introduce students to hybrid performative formats that merge together different disciplines (sound/music, speech/theatre, movement/dance, video and other technologies). A set of practices that cross the borders of the students’ discipline is shared, helping them rethink and redesign their own creative process and their overall approach towards making and performing.

Course Content
Throughout the course the students will attend a series of seminar days, a tour to the Muziekgebouew aan ‘t IJ and a five-day physical workshop. During the seminar days the participants will be acquainted with the work and practices of relevant influential artists and be introduced to related terminology. The students are invited to share their thoughts, to observe, react and reflect on the class’s content in relation to their artistic practices and skills. An important part of the course is the physical workshop, which functions as a training lab without the stress of making a performance. A set of performative and creative tools will be introduced in the workshop, with all students on stage exploring presence and physicality. By working with their voices, bodies, sound, light, time and space, they will dive into a dialogue across disciplines. 

Course details

teachers Thanasis Deligiannis
term September-December 2024
participation The course is open to creative instrumentalists, composers, and live electronics musicians. Since the assessment is based on participation, each student can only miss up to 3 seminar days, the tour and 2 physical workshop days.
method of instruction * Seminar (irregular): 8 days x 3 hours throughout September-November
  * Tour to Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ: 2,5 hours (date t.b.a.)
  * Physical Workshop: 5 consecutive days x 3.5 hours in December (dates t.b.a.)
readings Works & writings by Heiner Goebbels, Mauricio Kagel, Pina Bausch, Iannis Xenakis, Thierry De May, Jennifer Walshe, Ryoji Ikeda, George Aperghis, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Dimitris Papaioannou, Robert Ashley, Romeo Castellucci, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Simon Steen-Andersen and others.
assessment Based on the students’ participation to the class and the assignments (e-diary of thoughts & ideas, x5 online questionnaires).
credits 5
related electivesCreative Performance Lab
  Music Theatre and Stage Performance