Folkwang University of the Arts

Physical Theatre – Artist Diploma

The Folkwang University of the Arts Physical Theatre study course in Essen, founded in 1965, is unique in Germany.

Born from the tradition of the mime theatre, and shaped by the personalities of Jean Soubeyran, Jacques Lecoq, Pierre Byland, Günter Titt and Peter Siefert, this course of study has developed from pantomime, to comedic movement theatre, and finally culminating in what is now the physical theatre.

The course caters to young theatre makers, who are taught to develop the skills to create their own original pieces. They are particularly encouraged to develop their own theatre signature by means of performances, authorship and staging productions.

The key ingredient for expression is and always will be the many physical means to tell a story with or about the body, its movement and mime. The basis for success is a holistic approach towards training the body, voice/speech and gestures. A curricular interlinking with the study courses drama and directing, and with projects in the realm of dance and music enhance and broaden the scope of learning and teaching.

In a four-year intensive course of study culminating in an Artist Diploma, in-depth knowledge in the fields of Body, Voice, Representation, Play Development and Theory is taught.

The objective is the development of a creative, responsible and confident artist who will be able to find his or her own path in the independent theatre world, by realising their own projects or within established theatre scenes.

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