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Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre for Dancers and Actors

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. This course introduces new techniques that combine vocal, kinaesthetic and visual skills and responses.

Jasmin Vardimon Company

Jasmin Vardimon company

Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, award-winning director/choreographer Jasmin Vardimon is one of the 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 focus of the course is to understand and explore Vardimon’s method and approach of creating physical theatre work. You’ll be taught by Vardimon and collaborators of the Jasmin Vardimon Company. 


The aim of the course is to engage you in practical methods and skills in the creation of physical theatre. You’ll experiment with a variety of aspects of the physical theatre to include movement, dynamic speech, object integration, media usage and sound. Teaching will primarily be through practical workshops while you’ll be given tasks to deal with improvisation and exploration. The workshops will promote dynamic activity, with time to experiment practically and 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 multimedia will be incorporated. Towards the end of the training period you’ll work to create studio-based compositions, which reflect the physical and vocal skills you’ve developed.

Successful completion of the postgraduate certificate is equivalent to two modules of the MA in Comtemporary Performance Practices. On completion, suitably qualified students are eligible to apply to the Drama Department, within 3 years of completing the Postgraduate Certficate, to finish the MA part-time over one year. If you’re successfully admitted to the MA programme you have to complete your dissertation, a research methodologies course and one core taught course.

Previous years' students have gone on to further work with the Jasmin Vardimon Company, and Mafalda Deville and her company.

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

Course Dates 2016-2017

Weekend 1: 15/16 October 2016

Weekend 2: 12/13 November 2016

Weekend 3: 14/15 January 2017

Weekend 4: 25/26 February 2017

Weekend 5: 25/26 March 2017

Weekend 6: 29/30 April 2017

Weekend 7: 20/21 May 2017 (technical)

Weekend 8: 10/11 June 2017

Full Week: 19-23 June 2017


We welcome postgraduate applications from candidates who have a 2:1 or above first degree (this does not have to be in Drama) and who can demonstrate strong interest in/experience of making and analysing theatre. We welcome applications from candidates from non-traditional backgrounds.

The most recent information on current fees can be found on the Admissions webpage.

PG Cert Auditions for 2016/17


Sunday 19 June 2016 at 10am (registration from 9 am)

The Fitness Factory & Dance Centre, 407-409 Hornsey Road, London, N19 4DX

Applicants should be prepared to stay all day until 6pm (although this is not usually required).

Please note that the auditions are by invitation only.  Applications need to be received at least one week before the audition date. We’ll only be able to invite suitable candidates to audition after their application form has been assessed.

If you are interested in applying, please visit our Admissions page where you can find general information on the application process and access the online application form.

Please submit the following supporting information when you make your application:

  • a copy of the degree certificate / transcript from your undergraduate degree (this can be a transcript of your progress so far if you have not yet completed it);
  • a copy of your English language qualification (if English is not your first language) - if you have not completed an IELTS or recognised test yet, you can submit your application without it and then forward your results once they are available;
  • a supporting statement, explaining your motivation for studying your chosen programme;
  • one academic reference - your referee can upload this directly to the online system or email it to the Postgraduate Administrator (ally.williams@rhul.ac.uk);
  • and copies of any other qualifications that are relevant to your chosen programme.

Overseas students may apply and can be offered a place subject to their visa application being accepted.

Please note you do not need to submit any written academic work as suitable applicants will be asked to audition instead.


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