Once again the AMSU is presenting a range of performing arts, cultural
theory, and arts management workshops and seminars, this Summer in
Amsterdam and Maastricht.
The courses are designed for professional artists, arts managers,
academics, who wish to expand their training in their specific or related
professions/ field of study. The AMSU offers a unique opportunity for
international networking and practical experience with high quality course
leaders and organisation.
Three performing arts workshops are offered this year;
Manipulation, Performance and Improvisation with Phelim McDermott, 11 - 16 August, Amsterdam
In association with Theater Instituut Nederland. Phelim's work with Improbable Theatre has taken him around the world with productions such as 70 Hill Lane and Cultural Industry's sell-out production of Shockheaded Peter (which he co-directed), currently to be seen at Adelaide Festival,
Australia, New Zealand Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, World Stages in Toronto, amongst many other forthcoming tour dates. Phelim's workshop with the AMSU will play with improvisation techniques, story-making and puppetry, using everyday and found materials to create magic & fantasy from thin air.
People, Body, Space and Performance with Angie Hiesl, 28 August - 2 September, Amsterdam
In association with Theater Insituut Nederland. The German artist Angie
Hiesl will be running a workshop on site-specific theatre/installation
performance, aimed at visual and performing artists. Working in and around
the renown Felix Meritis building in central Amsterdam, Angie's workshop
will involve the architectural surroundings, ambience, physical attributes
of the city and will work towards finding new perspectives and alternative
perceptions of performance-making. Body-work and practical research will
involve participants experimenting with physical and personal within a space, turning conventional ways of seeing upside down.
Dance Improvisations: Systems & Spatial Techniques with Elizabeth Corbett
3 - 7 July, Maastricht
In association with Felix Meritis Foundation. Following the success of
last year's event, renown dance-maker Elizabeth Corbett will once again be
holding a 5 day practical dance workshop for professional dancers and
The workshop provides an intensive practical insight into the unique
methodologies and techniques of dance improvisation as practised by
Corbett and developed in the work of William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet (where Corbett was soloist). The exploration of systems work is based on the pioneering work of Rudolf von Laban and his definition of spatial frames as 'traceforms', within which the dancer can move harmonically, and serves as a basis for group dialogue in improvisation.
Elizabeth Corbett is currently teaching at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels where she
has developed work with Anna Teresa de Keesmaeker and Rosas. She has also
developed new work with Robert Wilson, and in collaboration with Amanda Miller, Stephen Petronio amongst others.
One course is offered in media studies;
Play Station meets Organism: Emulation in a Cultural Context
1 - 3 September, Amsterdam
In association with Mediamatic Foundation. The notion of emulation has
recently gained new actuality, for example in game design, artificial
life, sociology, biology and culture. In this seminar the meaning of
emulation in these different discourses will be discussed, while exploring
emulators and practical uses of emulation. The first day will focus on
popular discourses in biology and artificial life, the second on emulation
in the context of art, specifically new media art, and for the third day
computer games and games design will be the central issue. Playstation
meets Organism is intended for free-floating academics and joy-stick
Finally AMSU is offering a course in the visual arts;
The Painters Palette in the 16th and 17th Century: Pigment Preparation and
13 - 20 July, Maastricht
In association with the Conservation Institute Limburg. A series of
practical workshops and lectures will introduce participants to the
preparation of panels, mineral pigments and organic dye-stuffs. The
participants will experiment with the buildup of paint layers and the use
of different binding media, based on the examination of old master
paintings. This course is targeted for post-graduate students,
professional art historians and conservation scientists with a special interest in painting techniques. Basic manual skills are required but no
specific painting experience is needed.
For more details on applications, and further information on any of these
courses or others, please contact the Amstersdam-Maastricht Summer
University on tel +31 20 6200225, fax +31 20 62409368, email