Platform - Physical Theatre - course
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Platform - Physical Theatre - course

Platform - Physical Theater is a course for those who want to study and develop within the physical performance and storytelling.

The course is developed in collaboration with LPTS / London Physical Theatre School. The tutor is Lana Biba.

Jacques Lecoq developed a playing style called Platform. The genre is based on a group of actors telling an epic story in a contained playing space. The aim is to create a compact version of a staged or cinematic narrative. The platform technique is also a method that offers a good understanding for dramatic built of a piece & demands a high level of physical precision.

The workshop consists of four main elements:

1) Platform Theatre (character work, half-mask, exploration of sound and voice)

2) Mime (Marceau & Decroux techniques)

3) Neutral Mask 

4) Devising

The course is also an intensive dive into mime techniquessuch as fix-point and the illusion of visible-invisible, inspired by the French classics from Marcel Marceau to Modern Mime.

  • Content

    The course is offered weeks 23-26, 2017.

    The course consists of a practical part and a theoretical part. Weeks 23-24 consist of practical work in whole class and small groups. The third and fourth week consists of a self-reflection task that does not require the presence at the university. The practical part consists of technique classes running in parallel with own creation work of the platform pieces.

    The teaching lecturer:

    Lana_Biba_gästlärare.jpgLana Biba - award-winning actress, director and educator, working with physical theater, mime, clown, mask, dance and object manipulation. Co-founder of the London company 2theatre and London Physical Theatre School. Educated with Marcel Marceau in Paris, Lecoq and Meisner trainer at LISPA and Actors Temple in London. Artist and casting partner at Cirque du Soleil, lead in SOAP The Show world-tour, as well as directing and movement work at the Roundhouse, New Diorama Theatre (GBR), XX Boulevardteatern and Moliere Ensemblen (SWE).

    As an educator, she has among other taught at the theatre universities Central School of Speech & Drama and Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts (London), National University of Theatre, Film & Television (Kiev), Drama School Mumbai, Boulevardteatern's theatre school and various drama schools in the UK, Spain, Ukraine and India.


  • Entry Requirements

    General entry requirement

    for studies at the first cycle (with an exemption from Swedish 1, 2, 3) or the equivalent and

    Specific entry requirement

    • 30 credits within the performative arts or the equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable Prior Knowledge

    It is favorable if you have experience or skills within mask, clown, mime, singing, vocal sound effects, devising, directing, dramaturgy or storytelling

  • How to Apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed.

    Application is now closed.

    • You are required to send in your final diploma and your high school transcripts for all courses. Proficiency in English is also required. Knowledge of Swedish is not necessary for courses given in English. If you  do not have the formal merits to meet the general entry requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption. Below you should explain why you consider that you have the skills equivalent to the general entry requirements Max 2000 characters.
    • Upload attested documents that verify that you fulfill the specific entry requirement of 30 credits within the performative arts or the equivalent. If you don´t have the formal merits to meet the specific entry requirement you can apply for recognition of prior learning/exemption. Upload a file where you explain why you consider that you have the skills equivalent to the general entry requirements. Max 2000 characters.
    • CV.
    • Personal Letter in which you justifies why you are looking for the course. Max 1 page 4000 characters.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When You Have Applied

    Selection is based on a written application consisting of CV and personal letter in which the applicant justifies why the applicant is looking for the course, and if necessary interviews in a second step.

  • Application and Tuition Fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    Tuition fee for the course Platform - Physical - Theatre, Summer term: 49 800 SEK.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.