arthaus.berlin | International Summer School 2022 (2023)

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Over 4 weeks we offer practitioners from around the world the possibility to explore our pedagogy and philosophy. As an internationally recognized school in the field of devised theatre and performance we have welcomed students from some 60 different countries and dedicate our research to the development of each individual student and your wish to become the artist you wish to be.

Each of our summer school workshops explores a different aspect of the creative process, and all of them have a highly movement-based approach. It is our understanding that no matter whether you are interested in performing, acting, directing, film making, composing, writing or choreographing, whether you work in the performing, healing or educational arts, that it is through the practice of embodiment that you develop a deeper understanding of the ways the world moves (you) and how you would like to move the world.

Our pedagogy is rooted in the movement-based teachings of the late French theatre reformer Jacques Lecoq, and combines rigorous training with a laboratory-style environment which fosters the creative autonomy of our students and the emergence of new performative universes. All our programs have a different emphasis, from an exploration of the practice of embodiment and its role in the creative process to the exploration, deconstruction and performative reinvention of mythological structures and rituals as found in anthropology, shamanic traditions and the teachings of C. G. Jung. Our main goal is to support the individual and collaborative research of our students at the beginning of the 21st century, wherever it takes them. Developing creative autonomy and a strong sense of ownership over one’s own creative practice are cornerstones of our philosophy, and each of the methods and techniques we work with are in support of this goal.

So if you would like to take another step towards widening your creative horizons, join us in the summer. We look forward to meeting you !

Thomas Prattki

Founder of arthaus.berlin International Training and Research Centre gGmbH

WORKSHOPS

Travelling like the heroines and heroes of all times into the Unknown, crossing shadowlands and descending into underworlds – the mythological motif of the night sea journey is one of the most well-known images for the process of personal individuation and the development of one’s own autonomy through awareness for and embodiment of the Self. The workshop explores the motif through different approaches, from “drifts” into the Unknown in the city of Berlin and the work with masks and myths, to the creation of performative vignettes (video, collage, movement, soundscapes, etc) which explore contemporary approaches to autonomy and our shifting understanding of Self at the beginning of the 21st century.

Taking trickster tales and shapeshifter myths from around the world as a point of departure, the workshop explores the archetype of the boundary-crosser, the rule breaker, the holder of opposites, their role in the creative process and our relationship with her/him/them within ourselves. As a shapeshifter, dream weaver, mythmaker, healer and bringer of chaos and new visions, the trickster and shapeshifter is a powerful and mysterious presence not only in ancient mythology, but also in our creative process. Through movement, embodiment, painting, sculpting and writing, participants will connect with mythological images and stories, but also with their inner trickster.

Our first two workshops give participants an introduction to our 3-year modular MA/MFA and certificate program in Integral Movement and Performance Practice.

An exploration of the pleasures and delights to connect with our boundless playfulness and imagination as represented in Lalita, Hindu Goddess of playfulness, Pan, Greek god of the wild or the archetypal image of the magical child. From playing outdoor games to animating objects, from imagining to be a fantastical animal to the embodiment of music, painting and poetry, from the seriousness of play to playful seriousness, these five days invite you to an experience where the boundaries between what is real and what we imagine do not exist, opening the gates to worlds beyond our rational understanding, waiting already for so long to be discovered and to save us.

A five-day exploration of movement-based individual and ensemble storytelling formats, from “platform storytelling” with its cartoon-style images to epic storytelling with its grand emotions, from working with Balinese masks and its typology to the creation of dramatic characters. All the stories during this workshop will be written and devised by the participants themselves, giving priority to the performer as creator of their own work. The workshop will conclude with a presentation of the devised material.

Our second two workshops give participants an introduction to our 1- and 2–year full-time MA/MFA and certificate programs in Devised Theatre and Performance and Embodied Dramaturgy.

Fees and times

Tuition Fees

Week 1 & 2 : 600,00 Euro per week

Week 3 & 4 : 500,00 Euro per week

Early bird 10% discount (book and pay before February 18, 2022)

Week 1 & 2 : 540,00 Euro per week

Week 3 & 4 : 450,00 Euro per week

All workshops run Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Teaching Team

Week 1 & 2 : led by Thomas Prattki and members of the arthaus.berlin teaching team

Week 3 & 4 : led by members of the arthaus.berlin teaching team

Application

Please contact the school for details of how to apply :

Introduction and welcome

Welcome to the International Summer School 2022!

Over 4 weeks we offer practitioners from around the world the possibility to explore our pedagogy and philosophy. As an internationally recognized school in the field of devised theatre and performance we have welcomed students from some 60 different countries and dedicate our research to the development of each individual student and your wish to become the artist you wish to be.

Each of our summer school workshops explores a different aspect of the creative process, and all of them have a highly movement-based approach. It is our understanding that no matter whether you are interested in performing, acting, directing, film making, composing, writing or choreographing, whether you work in the performing, healing or educational arts, that it is through the practice of embodiment that you develop a deeper understanding of the ways the world moves (you) and how you would like to move the world.

Our pedagogy is rooted in the movement-based teachings of the late French theatre reformer Jacques Lecoq, and combines rigorous training with a laboratory-style environment which fosters the creative autonomy of our students and the emergence of new performative universes. All our programs have a different emphasis, from an exploration of the practice of embodiment and its role in the creative process to the exploration, deconstruction and performative reinvention of mythological structures and rituals as found in anthropology, shamanic traditions and the teachings of C. G. Jung. Our main goal is to support the individual and collaborative research of our students at the beginning of the 21st century, wherever it takes them. Developing creative autonomy and a strong sense of ownership over one’s own creative practice are cornerstones of our philosophy, and each of the methods and techniques we work with are in support of this goal.

So if you would like to take another step towards widening your creative horizons, join us in the summer. We look forward to meeting you !

Thomas Prattki

Founder of arthaus.berlin International Training and Research Centre gGmbH

Week 1 : Night Sea Journeys

18-22 July 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Travelling like the heroines and heroes of all times into the Unknown, crossing shadowlands and descending into underworlds – the mythological motif of the night sea journey is one of the most well-known images for the process of personal individuation and the development of one’s own autonomy through awareness for and embodiment of the Self. The workshop explores the motif through different approaches, from “drifts” into the Unknown in the city of Berlin and the work with masks and myths, to the creation of performative vignettes (video, collage, movement, soundscapes, etc) which explore contemporary approaches to autonomy and our shifting understanding of Self at the beginning of the 21st century.

These 5 days give interested participants as well an introduction to our 3-year modular MA/MFA and certificate program in Integral Movement and Performance Practice, which we offer in collaboration with Rose Bruford College in London/UK.

Week 2 : Meeting the Trickster Within

25-29 July 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Taking trickster tales from around the world as a point of departure, the workshop explores the archetype of the boundary-crosser, the rule breaker, the holder of opposites, her/his/their role in the creative process and our relationship with her/him/them within ourselves. As a shapeshifter, dream weaver, mythmaker, healer and bringer of chaos and new visions, the trickster is a powerful and mysterious presence not only in ancient mythology, but also in our creative process. Through movement, embodiment, painting, sculpting and writing participants will connect with mythological images and stories, but also with their inner trickster.

These 5 days give interested participants as well an introduction to our 3-year modular MA/MFA and certificate program in Integral Movement and Performance Practice, which we offer in collaboration with Rose Bruford College in London/UK.

Week 3 - Playfulness: Gift of the God/desses

1-5 August 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

An exploration of the pleasures and delights to connect with our boundless playfulness and imagination as represented in Lalita, Hindu Goddess of playfulness, Pan, Greek god of the wild or the archetypal image of the magical child. From playing outdoor games to animating objects, from imagining to be a fantastical animal to the embodiment of music, painting and poetry, from the seriousness of play to playful seriousness, these five days invite you to an experience where the boundaries between what is real and what we imagine do not exist, opening the gates to worlds beyond our rational understanding, waiting already for so long to be discovered and to save us.

Week 4 : The Art of Storytelling

8-12 August 2022

Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

A five-day exploration of movement-based individual and ensemble storytelling formats, from “platform storytelling” with its cartoon-style images to epic storytelling with its grand emotions, from working with Balinese masks and its typology to the creation of dramatic characters. All the stories during this workshop will be written and devised by the participants themselves, giving priority to the performer as creator of her/his/their own work. The workshop will conclude with a presentation of the devised material.

Fees and times

Tuition Fees

Week 1 & 2 : 600,00 Euro per week

Week 3 & 4 : 500,00 Euro per week

Early bird 10% discount (book and pay before February 18, 2022)

Week 1 & 2 : 540,00 Euro per week

Week 3 & 4 : 450,00 Euro per week

All workshops run Monday-Friday : 10.00-16.00 ( inclusive of a 60 min break )

Teaching Team

Week 1 & 2 : led by Thomas Prattki and members of the arthaus.berlin teaching team

Week 3 & 4 : led by members of the arthaus.berlin teaching team

Application

Please contact the school for details of how to apply :

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