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"Summer Workshops in The Netherlands"
0000-00-00 until 0000-00-00
, , NL Netherlands

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 choreographers.

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 intellectuals.

Finally AMSU is offering a course in the visual arts;

The Painters Palette in the 16th and 17th Century: Pigment Preparation and Painting Technology 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 office@amsu.edu.

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