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De Montfort University: Performance Practices

Institution De Montfort University
Department Arts, Design and Humanities
Telephone 0116 250 6070
Study type Taught


On this course you will explore contemporary performance practices to develop your creative performance skills and deepen your understanding of theory and research. You will explore topics such as the body in performance, audiences, spaces, narrative, memory, digital technologies and collaboration, all through our flexible curriculum, enabling you to build on new and existing skills. Topics are explored from an interdisciplinary perspective, supporting you to push the boundaries of the discipline and to produce innovative work as an emerging artist across a broad scope of dance, drama and performance arts practices.

You’ll develop an advanced understanding of performance aligned to current real-world thinking, with teaching covering new theoretical and practical perspectives from our energetic, research-active academics with international profiles in their fields.

Specialist areas of expertise include writing for performance, psychodynamic performance, improvisation, digital and sonic arts, interactive technologies and solo and collaborative performance making. You can gain industry experience through placement opportunities and work-based projects and benefit from our links with local and national organisations such as Leicester based community dance organisation People Dancing, and the city’s Attenborough Arts Centre.

The course is designed to develop independent artists, researchers and reflective practitioners. It is also ideal for professional artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices.

Key features:

  • Study the body in performance, audiences, spaces, narrative, memory, digital technologies and collaboration, considering how disciplinary boundaries can be pushed.

  • Gain opportunities to work with the industry through our local and national links, including placements or work-based projects within arts administration and in fields such as marketing and teaching.

  • Investigate the creative and critical contexts of contemporary performance, taught by our internationally recognised staff who are practising artists and scholars.

  • Work alongside an international artist to devise work for public performance, developing artistic and collaborative strategies.

  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for learning activities in dance and performance.

  • Our programme is designed to develop you to achieve your personal goals; whether it is to become a teacher or performer, start your own company, or pursue further study.


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