Performing Arts and Community Spaces
2nd Level Master’s A.Y. 2019-2020
Summary of the Degree Course
The Master’s is designed to offer advanced training to artists, professionals, scholars, curators and organizers wanting to explore the languages of the performing arts with a transdisciplinary perspective aimed not only at overcoming technical challenges, but, also, and above all, at contributing to forms of production and critical reflection in which the different languages, such as music, dance, theatre and the visual arts, can cross-pollinate and mutually enrich themselves. Being able to use the spaces of La Pelanda and the entire Ex-Mattatoio di Testaccio complex, and transform them through bodily and linguistic expressions and performances, represents a great opportunity to explore a meeting ground between performing arts professionals and innovators in the field of architecture. The Master’s offers a wide range of workshops, totalling more than 60 ECTS credits towards the achievement of the Master’s Diploma, and guiding students to create their own personal training path by choosing the most opportune laboratories for their professional growth.
Specific training goals of the course
The Master’s, the first of its kind in Italy, aims to offer students training that enables them to actively and critically participate in the most advanced international research, oriented ever more towards forms of hybridization between performing languages, for the creation of intermediate landscapes, realizations and design projects that make use of the various languages and techniques in an entirely open-minded and experimental way.
The intention is to train professionals, be they performers, artists, curators or organizers, capable of cross-pollinating different knowledge-scapes, of transforming spaces by inhabiting them with the presence of one’s own body and in relation to others, of representing space through one’s actions, of building communities, and of participating in and activating processes of social transformation. Figures capable of straddling the arts, of poetically playing with spaces, bodies, images and sounds. Figures cultured and aware in the use of languages, eager to explore, listen to and transform places, ready to build relationships with those who live in and know them. Finally, the Master’s also aims to introduce the performing arts into the cultural baggage of architects, with wielding performance as a tool that can be useful for architecture just like technical drawing, image creation, video, photography, and the construction of three-dimensional models and maquettes are. This means leveraging the body and movement in architectural and urban design as a means of activating transformation and of producing spaces.
At the end of the Master’s course, participants will be able to relaunch their roles within their respective fields with a broader vision, able to integrate contributions from the other disciplines that they have encountered in the course.
This will enable them to:
- bring new ideas, methods and tools to the act of performance (as regards the performing arts);
- propose training and design courses with broader, more complex tools and theories (as regards teaching and design activities);
- promote and organize cultural activities with a more differentiated and inclusive vision (as regards the curatorial and organizational side);
- promote urban regeneration actions by using artistic languages capable of bringing new life to community spaces.