Specialization in Physical Theatre

Duration of the study: 4 semesters (90 ECTS)
Full-time curriculum

Language: English

Enrolment fee Master documentation: CHF 50.

Admission exam fee : CHF 150.-

Semester tuition fee: CHF 1’200.- (non-refundable)

Responsible for Master Studies
Anna Gromanová
Master administration
Tamara Kaelin

The specialization in Physical Theatre places the actor at the centre of artistic creation as author, creator, and performer. The program encourages an individual approach to theatrical creation while engaging students in a lively debate on contemporary stage aesthetics. In line with this approach, the program emphasises the exploratory and experimental character of stage work and the conception of the artist as one who simultaneously investigates and questions new forms of theatrical expression.

Physical theatre is based on the expression of the human body and its movements. The study focuses on the practical and creative aspect of physical theatre, as well as its historical and theoretical context. Special attention is given to the exploration and research of movement in relation to a character or topic.

The study program is divided into four semesters. During the first two semesters, students discover and develop creative and artistic skills and principles in the context of the laboratories, seminars, and workshops of the Master of Arts in Theatre, with an emphasis on the creative and exploratory character inherent to the specialization. The third and fourth semesters are mainly devoted to artistic production and critical thinking.
A topic related to the body and its physicality is the starting point of an artistic research that leads to a theatrical creation presented to an audience. The performer accompanies the artistic work with a documentation of their research and a reflection on the process and its outcome

Trailer Master "Physical Theatre"

The study focuses on:

Physical skills and acting

  • Training and game
  • The search for a distinctive theatrical language

Cognitive and analytical skills

  • theoretical aspects of theatre and other arts
  • analysis of different performances and phenomena of theatre

Competences of artistic practices and theatre skills

  • composing
  • dramaturgy
  • directing

Communicative and organisational skills

  • project management
  • presentations and forum discussions

Creative skills

  • development of a creative process
  • transposition of an idea or a topic into a theatrical creation

Profile of the candidate:

The application requirement for the specialisation in Applied Theatre Practice is a Bachelor’s degree in theatre, dance, circus arts or equivalent. Where there is exceptional artistic talent, candidates without an academic degree may be admitted.
The candidate is required to:

  • show great ability and a strong interest in physical work

  • define the area and topic of their artistic exploration

  • outline a creative project that will become their diploma work

Teatro di Figura

Teatro di Figura

The student chooses a topic related to his or her body and its coexistence with materials, objects, or puppets.

Applied Theatre Practice

Applied Theatre Practice

The artist is confronted with social realities that lie outside his field of competence in the strict sense (art).

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