Post-degree university course at Paris Lodron University Salzburg with modules abroad at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Application Deadline:
1 March 2019

Course start:
autumn 2019

tel. +43 (0)662 8044 4674

Due to the great interest and a successful start of the second year in March this year, the university course „Curation in the Performing Arts“ will continue in 2019/20. 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 the Department of Theatre Studies at the Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität München. 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 (the very good passive comprehension of German is a prerequisite).

Course Lecturers 2018 (selection subject to confirmation)

Christopher Balme (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Stefanie Carp (Ruhrtriennale), Chris Dercon (Volksbühne Berlin), Thomas Edlinger (Donaufestival Krems), Sigrid Gareis (curator, founding director of Tanzquartier Wien), Nicole Haitzinger (Paris Lodron University Salzburg), Dorothea von Hantelmann (curator, author), Adrian Heathfield (University of Roehampton), Thomas Oberender (Intendant der Berliner Festspiele), Thomas Schäfer (Direktor des Internationalen Musikinstituts Darmstadt und Leiter der Darmstädter Ferienkurse),  Bernd Scherer, (Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin), Andras Siebold (Künstlerischer Leiter des Internationalen Sommerfestivals Kampnagel), Alistair Spalding (Sadler’s Wells Theatre London), Tom Sellar (Yale University), Tomas Zierhofer-Kien (Wiener Festwochen)

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 Munich. At the end of the course, participants will realize a curatorial group work open to the public. 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: autumn 2019
Course Duration: 2 semesters, 8 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: 1 March 2019
Please send application materials electronically to and cc 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

Phone: +43 (0)662 8044 4674
Fax: +43 (0)662 8044 4660

Course Convenors
Sigrid Gareis, Prof. Dr. Nicole Haitzinger


In cooperation with The Allianz Cultural Foundation, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Wissenschaft & Kunst



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