Master of Arts Solo/ Dance/ Authorship (SODA)

 Degree: Master of Arts

Length: Two year (full time)
Study language: English  

Next start: summer term 2019 (April 2019)
Application period: 1 October – 1 November 2018
Admission exams: January 21st to 23rd 2019


SODA is a practice led Masters of Arts degree that explores the terms of solo, dance and authorship within a two year, full-time programme. It is a research frame for graduates and professionals who wish to challenge, extend and transform their artistic practice within an academic structure.

MA SODA investigates the relevance of solo performance making within the field of contemporary arts. It concerns itself with making through thinking and thinking through making in relation to issues of composition, authorship and collaboration. In the plural and cross-disciplinary contexts of contemporary arts practice, MA SODA enables the development of a student’s own individual performance work as a collaborative and interrogative practice in dialogue with other artists, thinkers and practitioners.

MA SODA is designed for students to undertake a consistent and structured development of their methodologies for practice, reflection and study. During the first two semesters of the programme the focus moves through different fundamental questions such as: diagnostics of each individual practice, discursive tools for writing about own work and making new solo and compositional strategies. The last two semesters concentrate on independent and collaborative research as well as the final presentation and documentation.



The study course is divided into six modules over four semesters:
Module 101 (Project) - Questions of Practice 1

Module 102 (Lecture/ Seminar) - Negotiating Solo/Dance/Authorship

Module 201 (Project) - Questions of Practice 2

Module 202 - (Lecture/Seminar) Compositional Practices and Contexts
Module 301 (Project) - Independent & Collaborative Research

Module 401 (Project) - Final SODA Project 


How much does it cost?

No tuition is charged for the programme. The only charge is an administration fee of approximately 312,89 euros per semester that includes a semester ticket for public transportation.



Prof. Rhys Martin (Head of study programme)
Prof. Sandra Noeth, Sophia New 


The following visiting artists, academics, and theorists have been invited to contribute to the study programme:

Emilyn Claid, Eva Meyer-Keller, Ramsay Burt, Franz Anton Cramer, Victoria Pérez Royo, Bojana Kunst, deufert&plischke, Martin Nachbar, Deborah Hay, Heidie-Maria Hertel, Isabel de Naveran, Una Bauer, Jeroen Peeters, Janez Jansa, Heiner Goebbels, Silke Bake, Diego Agulló.