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We perform everywhere and constantly: when assuming an identity, when speaking in public spaces or in front of a camera, but also in our personal lives we perform the role of lover, neighbour or family member. Performance provides new ways of looking at reality, at patterns that are obvious or hidden. A performative gesture, a gesture or a word can set something in motion. Performance is a way of doing things and it's something that can be done. It can do and undo the world(s) we live in.
Wondrous but urgent
Performance leads you into a wonderful diversity. You investigate what is urgent for you; an object, a form of life, a personal or social theme. You learn to create your own conditions, but you also learn to be attentive to what lives in a certain environment. By paying attention to your body and your presence, you also develop an awareness of the presence of others. You are challenged to connect personal fascinations and your own visual language to what is alive in this society.
In performance, the relationship to others is important: students, teachers, people on campus and far beyond, people who inspire you and for whom you want to mean something. These people are not only a potential audience, but also a potential part of a creation. You also engage with materials, spaces, the natural environment, visible or invisible elements.
The performance artist at the intersection of art and society
Studio teachers draw on a wide range of practices. In the main studio, sometimes you work autonomously, sometimes you participate in democratic group processes, or sometimes you get involved in others' projects. We engage in research, creation, experimentation, critical reflection, feedback, subjective knowledge development, etc. You will also receive practical lessons in movement, drawing, voice, video and photography.
Who is this training for?
People choose this pathway because of an interest in the intersections between different disciplines, between theory and practice, art and society. We welcome students from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Together, we look for what performance can mean for you and for us. Each time, we reinvent it so that it is relevant at that specific time and place. We perform it together.
study programme bachelor
study programme master
If you want to apply for an academic bachelor's degree, you must first pass an artistic admission test. To enter the master's programme, you will take part in an orientation test. These are organised several times per academic year.
- Marthe Leon Thijs, Graduation 2022, photo: Benina Hu
- Raindo Siagian, Graduation 2023, photo: Rembert De Prez