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


The MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship (MA SODA) is a two year, full-time, performance-oriented Master of Arts degree. It provides a practice-led postgraduate education for practitioners and recent graduates who wish to challenge, extend and transform their practice and their understanding of arts practice through practical, theoretical and critical enquiry.

MA SODA focuses on individual solo and collaborative dance and body-based performance making within the wider field of contemporary arts practice. It concerns itself with making through thinking and thinking through making in relation to issues of composition, authorship, collaboration and process. 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, responding to the contexts in which it takes place.

MA SODA is designed for students to undertake a sustained and structured development of their methodologies for practice, reflection and study. It enables students to widen their choice and capacity for professional practice, other employment or higher-level studies; to engage with and contribute to contemporary arts and cultural practices; to develop strategies as practitioners in a time of continuing technological, social and cultural change; and to build a valuable ensemble of adaptable and transferable skills at a postgraduate level. 



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.