DAS Theatre is an educational master environment for theatre makers and curators. We believe that an intense exchange between theatre makers and curators can instigate new ideas, approaches and practices for both.
Professional theatre makers and dance artists will share their work with you at the conclusion of their intensive two-year period of Master’s research at DAS Theatre or DAS Choreography. The DAS Master Presentations will take place from 30 May - 2 June 2018 in Amsterdam.
The presentation Archipelagic Thinking by Ruairí Donovan on 26 & 27 May is also part of this years DAS Master Presentations. Archipelagic Thinking will take place on Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, Ireland.
A changing world
The arts are facing some real challenges nowadays. The overall political climate is demanding far more entrepreneurial and self-supporting models. In the midst of digital innovations, quests for (new) audiences, and a new sense of responsibility within social and political movements, the performing arts are repositioning themselves.
Theatre makers and curators today present their work as banquet, as workshop, as dialogue, as a walk, as a performance piece in the black box… and often combine various registers. Audiences are moved and mobilized in many ways: being seated in the dark - one imaginative body amongst others -, through staged sensorial encounters, or in all kinds of participatory settings.
In the midst of digital innovations, quests for (new) audiences and a sense of responsibility within social and political movements, performing artists are developing their tools, setting up collaborations, imagining new platforms. Urgent conversations are happening between artists, curators, theoreticians and other professionals, yielded by a need for new solidarity and critical positioning.
Integrating professional activities
Emerging performing arts professionals often have two needs: on the one hand, finding a place and the time to do research in order to develop their practice, and on the other, engaging in professional projects in order to build up their career. DAS Theatre has designed its structure to create room for integrating professional activities in the study course.