Movement-based Performing Arts
Professional program in Budapest
– 3 focuses: technical knowledge, somatic approaches, creation
– main program in the morning: weekly 15 hours of training, total of 525 hours
– studio time in the afternoon for your own projects
– classes in the evening to strengthen your fundamentals
– extra workshops and projects with guest artists
– demonstrations to showcase your work
– certificate of completion
Contemporary performance practices are constantly redefined and embrace diverse people, cultures, aesthetic values and practices. In our program, performing arts are viewed in the broadest sense, covering choreography, theater practices, performance art, digital performances, trans- and nondisciplinary works. We approach these versatile practices from movement because we believe that your body is a valuable reference point, whatever you choose to focus on as a performer and creator.
Our program lets you explore and experiment with the body in performance. The program goes beyond technical training as it equally emphasizes somatic approaches, movement research, improvisation and composition.As you expand your awareness in movement and technical capabilities, you will adapt the new vocabularies to your own body and gain confidence in using movement consciously in creation, thus stepping from execution to creation. At the beginning of the program, you will have time to look inside and focus on self-knowledge and then you will be increasingly engaged in group learning. By the end of the program, your knowledge about your body together with the understanding of your developing artistic identity and the group will lead you to create new artworks. You will be guided and supported on this journey as a performer and creator by experienced professionals.
This program is for everyone who is interested in movement practice and performance. Our aim is to offer you a safe place where you can explore your individuality, broaden your horizons and develop your artistic voice. Our program brings together people from diverse backgrounds, thus giving the opportunity to find connections between various disciplines and ways of thinking.
The academic year is divided into periods, each followed by a shorter or longer break. Each period has a different emphasis and the program gradually leads you to independent performance-making.
During the academic year, you can gain stage experience through our studio demonstrations and through site-specific work in collaboration with other art venues and organizations. The program holds a closing performance in a theater in June 2024.
In the main program our weekly schedule will be made up of somatics, dance technique and creation classes. As the year progresses, more emphasis will be given to artistic creation.
You will have 14 classes/week in each Period (note that in the last period the early afternoon classes might be replaced with rehearsals in order to prepare for the program closing performance in the theater), selected from the following range of subjects.
Somatics and conditioning: classes based on experiential anatomy, Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates, Floor barre, Stretching, Yoga
Dance techniques: various contemporary dance techniques, ballet and modern dance techniques
Creation: improvisation techniques, movement research, repertoire, dance composition, performance analysis
Classes run from Monday to Thursday 9:00–15:00, including a 1-hour lunch break, and 9:00-12:30 on Fridays.
The afternoons between 15.00 and 16.30 are reserved for rehearsals, group assignments, individual practice and sometimes workshops.
Besides, you have the option to strengthen your fundamentals with 4 extra classes per week held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (contemporary, ballet, improvisation). You can also choose to apply only for the evening classes, if you cannot commit to the whole program but still want to get a basic training in dance.
ZeroPlus DanceWorks organizes open workshops and projects throughout the year, such as physical theater, butoh, improvisation techniques, interdisciplinary creation, ritual in performance, floorwork, Feldenkrais etc.
As a participant in our one-year program, you can attend these workshops and projects with a reduced fee.
Program: 11 September 2023 – 16 June 2024
Breaks: Oct 23 – 29; Dec 16 – Jan 8; March 28 - Apr 3;
Main program – movement-based performance studies (mornings, 14 classes/week): 2800 EUR.
Basic program – the fundamentals of dance (evenings, 4 classes/week): 1000 EUR.
Main and Basic programs combined: 3200 EUR.
The program fee can be paid in two installments.
You need to be at least 18 years old and able to follow classes in English
Please fill out this application form (including previous education, motivation and a link to a movement or dance video of you).
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to an online interview.
You will be informed about the admission result within four weeks of submitting your application.
Early bird discount: You get an 8% discount of your program fee if you apply by April 30. You get a 4% discount if you apply by May 31.
We accept applications on a rolling basis. If places are filled, you will get on a waiting list.
If you are admitted to the program, you can finalize your participation by paying a non-refundable 150 EUR registration fee. This fee is part of your program fee (so it will be deducted from it).
If you have any questions, please check our FAQ page or contact the program leader, Gyula Berger (email@example.com , +36705016802).