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Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre for Dancers and Actors

Posted on 02/11/2011

This postgraduate certificate is a Continuing Professional Development course for postgraduate experienced dancers and actors moving into a new area of work namely dance theatre, introducing new techniques that combine vocal, kinaesthetic and visual skills and responses. The focus of the course will be to understand and explore Vardimon’s method and approach of creating physical theatre work and will be taught by Jasmin Vardimon and the collaborators of the Jasmin Vardimon Company.

Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, award-winning director/choreographer Jasmin Vardimon is one of this country’s leading pioneers of dance theatre.  Combining physical theatre, dance, text, music and innovative technologies, Vardimon is renowned for her acute observations of human behaviour, distinguished by her beautifully detailed movement, insightful humour and social relevance.

The aim of the course is to engage students in practical methods and skills in the creation of physical theatre practice. You will experiment with a variety of aspects of the physical theatre work to include movement, dynamic speech, object integration, media usage and sound. Teaching will primarily be through experiential workshops with students given tasks for improvisation and exploration. The workshop will promote dynamic activity; with time to both experiment practically and to respond with detailed feedback.

The dramaturgy of physical theatre will be built upon throughout the course so that aspects of developing narrative, working with text and voice, set, props or multi-media will be incorporated.Towards the end of the training period you will work to create studio-based compositions which reflect the physical and vocal skills that have been developed.

The course will consist of 8 intensive weekend workshops and a full-time week in June.

PG Cert Auditions for intake 2012/2013 - Saturday 31st March 2012

Please note that the audition is by invitation only. Registration will take place at 9.30am and the audition will begin promptly at 10:00am.

Location: the Boilerhouse, Royal Holloway University of London. (Maps)

To be considered please apply online and include 2 references and a copy of your degree certificate (if you have it already). You do not need to include samples of your academic writing at this stage. If you have any queries please contact drama@rhul.ac.uk.


The fee is currently set at £2,060 (subject to change) and you can pay in instalments. An early payment discount is available (£50) if both on-line sign up and a payment of £2010.00 is made by September 2012 (for students starting the programme in the Autumn term). There is an admin charge for paying in instalments.

Successful completion of the PG Certificate is equivalent to two modules of the MA in Theatre:  Physical Theatre Performance Pathway.  On completion, suitably qualified students are eligible to apply to the Drama Department to complete the MA part-time one year. If candidates were successfully admitted to the MA programme they would then have to complete a dissertation, research methodologies and one core taught course.

Application Forms

We are moving away from physical application forms and would like to encourage all our applicants to apply online if at all possible.

You need to select the "PG certificate in Physical Theatre for Dancers and Actors" option in the dropdown menu. Please note that you do not need to submit any written work, suitable applicants will be invited to audition instead. (Where applicable; Application Forms should be returned to the Registry at Royal Holloway. All suitable candidates will be invited via email to the audition.)


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