Feedback Method

Feedback is a core activity for all the players in the DAS Theatre Master programme – students, staff and external advisors. In individual exchanges people can opt for an informal conversation, an interview or some other strategy. Collective feedback has to deal with many different views of the work, which somehow all need to be articulated and exchanged within one session. The latter becomes very important when dealing with hybrid, cross-disciplinary artistic practices which are often met in the context of the contemporary performing arts.

Hybrid, cross-disciplinary artistic practices are often hard to be defined and their product to be discussed; DAS Theatre is an educational institution which brings these artistic practices in the foreground of today’s art discourse, also by implementing this feedback method. Together with the philosopher Karim Benammar, DAS Theatre first defined the major obstacles which, in a collective setting, often prevent critical exchanges from having a stimulating learning effect.

The central aims for the feedback situations are: to empower the artist who is getting feedback on his or her work, to go beyond the pronouncement of judgments, to allow fundamental criticism, to create a sense of (self-) discipline for the sake of precision and clarity, and, last but not least, to increase the enjoyment of giving and receiving feedback.

DAS Theatre also offers workshops of the DAS Theatre feedback method. Every request for a workshop will be dealt with in a personal way, since every situation is different. Our DAS Theatre (previous: DasArts) alumni Manolis Tsipos, Sonja Jokiniemi and Leila Anderson have been giving workshops in for example Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Belgium. 

Read an interview (PDF) of Barbara van Lindt, managing director of DAS Theatre, on the DAS Theatre feedback method. And, an interview of Manolis Tsipos and Sonia Jokiniemi, DAS Theatre (DasArts) alumni, on their experience as moderators of the method in several set-ups.

The growing interest in the method was reason for making a DVD. Recordings of feedback sessions interspersed with an introduction by Bennamar, performance clips, and short interviews with advisors, students and staff, present a clear picture of the method that is applied at DAS Theatre.

Watch the film below.

For any more information about the workshops, requests and/or order of the DVD, please contact John Meijerink by mail at:

A Film about Feedback

This film is a collaboration between DAS Theatre (previous: DasArts), Master Film and Sub-Pacific Films/Jack Faber who studied at the Master Film of the AHK.