Internationally-situated MFA in Dance
Year, Low Residency, and Flex Cohorts
Summer 2019: Residencies in Paris and Montpellier, France
Application Deadline: January 14, 2019
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
MFA in Dance
The University of the Arts in Philadelphia has launched a new Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program in Dance that extends the context of learning from the studio, theater and classroom to the international festival environment as a space for learning. Each summer the program departs from the traditional semester format by focusing instead on international residencies, workshops, and symposia that foster critical conversations about the meanings, purposes, and potentialities of dance and performance.
Immersed in dynamic relationships created by the performances of artists from around the world, students will consider and develop practices, pedagogies and research models that value experimentation and continuously question the role of dance within and beyond the festival, exhibition and theater environments. Using the festival framework as a way to gather students, artists, and scholars with a wide range of practices, this program aims to foster new communities and networks of exchange for knowledge production and artistic practice within dance.
Both rigorous and intensive, our approach relies on situational pedagogies and the gathering of relational communities. The program moves against conventional thinking about academic learning environments, utilizing the University of the Arts School of Dance’s longstanding relationships to and connections with world-recognized artists, scholars and cultural institutions. Challenging students to examine the role of dance and dance making in the community at large, the Field Study component of the program is built on the assumption that new practices are still in the making, and that the students will work alongside faculty mentors & community partners to create new methodologies.
A Post-MFA Fellowship Program will provide support to graduates. The Fellowship Program is designed to expand potentialities through direct interplay of recent MFA graduates with communities and practitioners, both local and international. The fellowships set in motion a network of possibilities for sharing resources, scholarship and practices for future engagement between both the fellows and the participating partner organizations.
Faculty, affiliated artists, and guest lecturers represent an intentionally diverse array of approaches to theorizing and practicing embodied knowledge in relation to citizenship and art-making. Our faculty and mentors include: Ric Allsopp, Rizvana Bradley, Douglas Becker, Donna Faye Burchfield, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Faustin Linyekula, Neta Pulvermacher, Ran Brown, Reggie Wilson, Jimena Paz, Doug Letheren, Emmanuelle Huynh, Niall Jones, Lauren Bakst, Jaamil Owale Kosoko, David Langstaff, Jesse Zaritt, Paul Matteson, Meredith Glisson, Jillian Peña, and Jeanine Durning.
The MFA summer term will begin on June 16th and will run for roughly 5 weeks, with the program locating itself in Paris and Montpellier. The program departs from the traditional semester format by focusing instead international residencies, workshops and symposia that foster critical conversations about the meanings, purposes, and potentialities of dance and performance in contemporary society. We will begin the summer term with a four day Study Cycle Symposium curated by Rizvana Bradley, which will feature dynamic conversations between artists, choreographers, curators, movement practitioners, and students. Dr. Bradley’s 2018 Study Cycle Symposium, Dancing Politics, Moving Performance: Conversations at the Edges of Choreography, featured participants such as: nora chipaumire, Laura Cull, Maria Hassabi, Jenn Joy, Ralph Lemon, Paul Maheke, Erin Manning, Emily Roysdon, and Reggie Wilson.
The M.F.A. program in Dance has three cohorts that are designed with specific creative practitioners in mind: 1) The Year-Residency Cohort is designed for highly motivated emerging artists with a strong interest in expanding their knowledge and experience in an uninterrupted way in an international setting. Applicants should have 3-5 years of experience beyond undergraduate study. 2) The Low-Residency Cohort is designed for mid-career artists, teachers and dance professionals who want to question their own work and re-evaluate their career trajectories. Applicants should have a minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience. 3) A Flex Track, tailored to meet the specific needs of individual practitioners on a case-by-case basis, and extending the duration of study from 15 to 22 months.
All applicants are encouraged to apply early as the M.F.A. in Dance will be filled on a space-available basis. The deadline for application is January 14th. As international travel planning is required, completed applications received after February 1st and offered admissions may be subject to additional fees.