CHOREOMUNDUS - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage

Choreomundus investigates dance and other movement systems (ritual practices, martial arts, games and physical theatre) as Intangible Cultural Heritage within a transdisciplinary framework which includes input from the fields of Ethnochoreology, the Anthropology of Dance, Dance Studies, and Heritage Studies. The programme aims to provide the theoretical tools and practical skills necessary to observe, analyse, document, and evaluate dances within a cross-cultural perspective.

The programme is offered by a consortium of four universities recognised for their leadership in the development of innovative curricula for the analysis of dance: University of Roehampton, London (UK), Blaise Pascal University Clermont 2 (France), University of Szeged (Hungary) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Norway (Coordinator). Choreomundus focuses on fieldwork and formal analysis of movement, and engages with a variety of other theoretical and methodological frameworks. The programme develops an understanding of dance that is comparative, cross-cultural, applied, and embodied, and gives students the tools for making sense of intangible heritage within a culturally diverse world. The programme equips students to analyse dance as knowledge, practice and heritage and to promote different modes of knowledge transmission adapted to local contexts. A broader aim is to prepare students for global challenges and cultural encounters. Employment opportunities exist worldwide within higher education and research, heritage and tourist industries, local and national agencies and public bodies which deal with safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Choreomundus also prepares students for doctoral research.

Applicants should hold a BA in Dance, Anthropology or related subjects, or equivalent professional experience. The primary language of instruction is English, and an introduction to French, Norwegian, and Hungarian is provided. In the first semester all students start in Norway for induction and an intensive course. For the rest of the first academic year, they are divided between NTNU Trondheim and UBP Clermont-Ferrand, and then spend their third semester in Hungary, and the fourth and final semester in the UK. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a joint Masters degree from all four universities.

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