The BA in Contemporary Dance, offered by the Manufacture – University of Performing Arts of Western Switzerland – jointly with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), is Switzerland’s first higher education course in contemporary dance. The Creation option proposed in Lausanne in partnership with P.A.R.T.S. seeks to coach versatile and independent dancers who are able to contribute to the choreographic process by their creativity and manage their own training. It is built around a robust and diverse technical training, enriched with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach of the dancer’s art.
The full-time programme alternates between regular courses devoted to practice and theory, and thematic workshops supervised by well-known professional artists. It encompasses eight complementary modules:
Technical training: practice of traditional and contemporary dance techniques and other forms of movement
Creative development: exploration of notions of composition, repertory and improvisation
Theory: theory and history of dance, philosophy of art, sociology, cultural excursions and critical approaches
Body Studies: applied anatomy and physiology, analysis of movement, sport
Artistic practice: creative processes, productions, solo and group work
Interdisciplinarity: music, song, drama, visual arts
School-to-work transfer: project management, understanding the professional environment, basic legal, social and financial knowledge of artistic careers
Bachelor studies: methodology, tutoring, creative work, presentation and critical documentation of a proposed staged presentation.