Performative Strategies and Collective Learning  - Course

Performative Strategies and Collective Learning - course

This is a course for you who are interested in social issues, learning formats and body politics. The course brings into dialogue practical as well as theoretical tools from performance studies, conflict theory and collective learning to explore how knowledge from dance and performance can respond to the current ideological, biopolitical and humanitarian crisis.
From a transdisciplinary perspective the course asks: How can strategies, concepts or ways of working developed in the field of body- and movement-based performing arts inform civic action outside the field of arts?
How can they create and contribute to a ‘community’ of practice’ that works towards a proposal that is able to accommodate diverse bodies and perspectives?
The course is a collaboration between Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH) and MDT.

The course takes place in the context of “Hållning”, a practice-led and collective learning platform set up by MDT and an international group of artists, thinkers and partners during spring 2021.


Dr. Sandra Noeth is a Professor the HZT Berlin, and a curator and dramaturge focusing on ethical and political perspectives in dance and choreography.
Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer; next to her artistic work and research, she co-founded Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Summer School and is regularly involved in workshop and mediation activities.
Photo: Farah Saleh. From the performance Free Advice by Farah Saleh
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    The course consists of lectures, workshops and peer to peer formats, looking into approaches of open source and collective learning.


    • Full days of workshops and lectures 15-16 May and 4-8 June
    • Hållning symposium 10-13 June
    • Oral examinations on Zoom on the week 21-24 June
  • Entry requirements

    -General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle.
    -Specific entry requirement:
    30 credits from a subject or subject area relevant to the course or 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

    This course is for those of you who are interested in social issues, learning formats and body politics.

    You are not required to have a background in performing arts.

  • How to apply

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

    Start your application early! 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. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name
    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.
    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish Citizen)
    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.
    2. Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle.
    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you study in the last year in upper secondary school/high school you must upload a certificate on your current studies.
    If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/high school you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).
    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates.
    3. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements.
    • 30 credits from a subject or subject area relevant to the course or equivalent.
    If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).
    4. Letter of Motivation (max 1 A4)
    5. Your CV (max 1 A4)

    List your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    Applying for recognition of prior Learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:
    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    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

  • 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.

    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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 47 250 SEK.

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