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Post-degree university course at Paris Lodron University Salzburg with modules abroad at the Free University Berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin

Application Deadline:
15 January 2021

Course start:
April 2021

Due to the great interest and a successful second year, the university course „Curation in the Performing Arts“ will continue in 2021/22. Being the first university course for performance curation founded in Europe it is providing students with in-depth foundations in the theory, methodology and practice of curation in the performing arts. Students will be able to complete the course alongside their professional activities and hence to implement newly-acquired knowledge in practice. Since the 1980th, there has been an explosion of new international festivals and multifunctional venues. Yet, it has thus far not been possible to acquire focused curatorial qualifications for the analysis, conception, planning and carrying out of events in the fields of dance, theatre and music theatre. This two-semester course is aimed at students wishing to study in parallel to their professional activities in the field. Modules abroad will be conducted by Free University Berlin and Tanzfabrik Berlin. Leading international curators will communicate contemporary methods and convey competencies in programme design in the performing arts, preparing participants for the complex conditions of an increasingly interwoven job market across the globe.

The course is aimed at employees and freelancers who wish to acquire an additional curatorial qualification: this might include theatre and cultural managers, dramaturgs and dramaturgical assistants, cultural administrators, theatre and dance pedagogues, artists, cultural journalists and academics – active in fields and institutions such as theatres and festivals, foundations, cultural administrations, universities and higher education. Working language is German, partly English.

Former Course Lecturers (among others)

Beatrice von Bismarck (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig), Silvia Bottiroli (DAS Theatre/Amsterdam), Stefanie Carp (Athens & Epidaurus Festival), Amelie Deuflhard und Andras Siebold (Kampnagel Hamburg), Johannes Ebert (Goethe Institut), Thomas Edlinger (Donaufestival/Krems), Martin Fritz (Curator/Vienna), Elke Krasny (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien), Angela Glechner (Szene Salzburg), Christoph Gurk (Volkstheater Wien), Dorothea von Hantelmann (Bard College), Stefan Hilterhaus (PACT Zollverein), Stefan Kaegi (Artist and Curator), Matthias Lilienthal (Kurator), Florian Malzacher (Curator Berlin), Fiona McGovern (Universität Hildesheim),  Thomas Oberender und Necati Öziri (Berliner Festspiele), Ong Keng Sen (Artist and Curator/Singapore), Gerald Raunig (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), Xavier Le Roy (Universität Gießen), Thomas Schäfer (Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt), Bernd Scherer (Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin), Katja Schneider  (HfMDK/Frankfurt), Christophe Slagmuylder (Wiener Festwochen), Alistair Spalding (Sadler`s Well London),  Manos Tsangaris (Münchner Biennale), Annemie Vanackere (HAU Berlin)

Course Structure and Modules

The course, designed as an additional qualification for those active in the field, will require attendance at eight two-day weekend blocks (Sat + Sun), each held in either Salzburg or Berlin. If the corona restrictions continue, the course will be carried out electronically. The September meeting (optional) will be held on the countryside. Participants will graduate with a university certificate and receive – upon successful completion – 40 ECTS points.

The modules:

• Curatorial Theory and Methodology
• Festival Curation
• Curation in Dance and Theatre Institutions
• Institutional Critique and New Institutionalism
• Curation in Trans-Cultural Contexts
• Trans-Disciplinary Curation and Curation across the Media
• Curatorial Practice (proportional to module)
• Final Project + Examination

At a Glance

Course Start: April 2021
Course Duration: 2 semesters, 9 weekends’ attendance required
Modules: 6 + proportional practice units; 40 ECTS points
Annual participants: max. 20
Course Fee: € 5500,00 (see homepage for grants)
Course language: German, partly English (the very good passive comprehension of German is a prerequisite)
Entry requirements: A Bachelors’ degree in a related subject (university, art college, polytechnic) or a similar course of studies at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Austria or abroad.

Registration opened

Application Deadline: 15 January 2021
Please send application materials electronically to application form (see website), cover letter (one to two A4 sides), CV (no more than two A4 sides), sketch of a planned or realized curatorial concept (up to 7000 characters), school- and university-leaving certificates, if possible references.


Kuratieren in den szenischen Künsten
Abteilung Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft
mit Auslandmodulen an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg
Raum 2.435
Erzabt-Klotzstr. 1
A-5020 Salzburg


Course Convenors
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter, Sigrid Gareis, Prof. Dr. Nicole Haitzinger, Jun.-Prof. Kirsten Maar, Gisela Müller