New Performative Practices - Master

The New Performative Practices (NPP) Master’s Programme invites experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. In this education, you join a vibrant, supportive context to engage with your own artistic practice and find tools to further your research. Below please find information regarding the programme’s content, setup and admission process.

NPP creates a site for active, nuanced questioning and expanded artistic knowledge wherein you as a performance practitioner define what constitutes your artistic practice.

As a practitioner of physical, live performance you develop new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer's role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance.

Your development of a personally sustainable artistic practice is placed in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

NPP consists of two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, qualifying the student for a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, with a specialisation in Performative Practices.

By constructively questioning established methods and focusing on the sustainability of artistic practices, the NPP education offers a space for art that challenges the commonplace.

Short films about NPP

See five short films and listen to what teachers and alumnae have to say about the NPP programme

Lecturers and course leaders 2019-2022

Anna Adeniji, Artlab Gnesta, Parasto Backman, Eleanor Bauer, Sara Bergsmark, Frank Bock, Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Ulrika Dahl, Camilla Damkjaer, Anna Karin Domfors, Anna Efraimsson, Heiko Goelzer, Ylva Habel, Olof Halldin, Martin Hargreaves, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Claudia Heu, Rebecca Hilton, Scott De La Hunta, Insister Space, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Rudi Laermans, Jennifer Lacey, Ralf Lemmon, Sonya Lindfors, Juliette Mapp, Michikazu Matsune, Jessie McLaughlin, Jyoti Mistry, caterina mora, Rani Nair, Sandra Noeth, Magnus Nordberg, Chrysa Parkinson, Jeroen Peeters, Will Rawls, Jenny Richards, Ellen Roed, Björn Säfsten, Tove Salmgren, David Sheutz, Martin Sonderkamp, Myriam Van Imschoot, Kajsa Wadhia, Josefine Wikstrom, John Paul Zaccarini.

Supervisors: Malin Arnell, Nasim Aghili,Linnea Axelsson, Lucy Bleach, Alice Chauchat, Katye Coe, Melanie Demers, Jeanine Durning, Anna Grip, Ilse Ghiekere, Every Ocean Hughes, Melanie Jaime-Wolf, Nance Klehm, Susan Kozel, Linn Hilda Lamberg, Faustin Linyekula, Alice Mackenzie, Arantxa Martinez, Paz Rojo, Cecilia Roos, Alma Soderberg, Martin Sonderkamp, Stacey Sacks, Litó Walkey, Andros Zins-Browne.

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    You apply to the programme with your artistic practice and a plan for its presentation. Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performance practices.

    The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. The education consists of two years of in-depth studies with compulsory and optional courses. The course contents may be influenced by the questions and concerns inspired by your practice and plan for presentation. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others' and formulate you own artistic method for its presentation.

    In addition, your practice is put into relation with theory, construction of aesthetics, and philosophy. Several of the programme's courses are offered as freestanding courses, which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.

    You may arrive at an articulation of your own artistic practice during the NPP education by pursuing a single project over the two years of your studies. It’s also possible to include your current artistic process as part of your studies, or to arrive at a final project by following through and keeping track of what accumulates and becomes evident to you as essential to your artistic work during the education.

    Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of relationships to audience, perceptions of the performer's role in society, and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. Personal history, ethnographic studies and classical academic enquiries are all supported and encouraged by the program. The individual artist's development of a personally sustainable practice is studied in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

    As an NPP student you study what constitutes your artistic practice, how that practice relates to concurrent practices in your artistic field, the boundaries of your knowledge and what conditions you need to sustain your artistic practice. The course invites participants into contexts that recognize the history of knowledge in choreography and performance as well as into contexts that support the constructive questioning of conventions.

    If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact: Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme.

    If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees and/or scholarships, please contact:
    Education administration offices

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for programme studies at the second-cycle level in higher education or equivalent,


    Specific entry requirements

    • At least five years of professional experience of artistic activities
    • English 5 and 6 or the equivalent


    You will find detailed information under the heading How to apply. Please note that the language of instruction is English, there is no Swedish language requirement.


    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

    Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice.

  • How to apply

    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 has to be turned in by 23:59 (Swedish time).

    You apply to the programme in two steps

    1. Apply to the programme via 

    Last day for application: 16 January 2023
    Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search! 

    For the specific entry requirement of at least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities, please upload documents to verify the requirements. You can upload copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publications, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, presenters and/or directors etc. They must be signed and dated and your name and date of birth must be entered on all documents 

    2. Submit your work samples via Varbi (accordning to instructions below). 

    Last day to submit work sample via Varbi: 16 January 2023.


    Other important dates for your application

    • 1 February 2023: Supporting documentation deadline.*
    • 1 February 2023: Last day to pay the application fee, or prove that you are not required to pay the fees (read more under Application and tuition fees below)
    • 30 March 2023: Admission results published on My pages on

    *Deadline for Diploma of Bachelor’s Degree and transcript of records for you who are currently studying the last term of your Bachelor’s Programme, is by the time for registration.


    Instructions on how to submit your work samples* via Varbi

    * Please read below which type of documentation and/or files that is required for the programme you have applied to


    When you have entered Varbi:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data.
    3. 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.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    Send in the following via Varbi:

    1. Your CV.

    Your CV with a description of your education and professional experience in chronological order. The CV must be written in English.

    2. A letter of motivation

    Answer the following questions:
    - Why are you applying for this programme?
    - What expectations do you have on the studies?

    The letter must be written in English. Sign with name and date of birth. Maximum 1000 words.

    3. Biography 

    Upload a description of relevant professional experience that is in line with your expectations of the education. The biography must be written in English. Maximum 500 words.

    4. A statement on your artistic field

    Upload an account of how you currently identify and experience your artistic field. The statement must be written in English. Maximum 1000 words.

    5. A proposal for presenting your artistic practice

    Upload a proposal for a presentation of your artistic practice. The proposal must be written in English. Sign with name and date of birth. Maximum 1000 words.

    6. A film of your previous work (maximum length 10 min and 150 Mbit)

    Upload a video of previous artistic work: maximum 10 minutes (max 150 Mbit). You may need to resize the video before uploading it.

    Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.

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


    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

    The assessment of eligibility and the selection take place in several stages. The assessment of formal merits/grades is carried out by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. 

    The selection of candidates will be carried out in several steps. The assessment will be made by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the fields of choreography and performance practices. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment. After each step a decision will be made regarding which candidates will proceed to the next step. Every candidate will receive notification of whether they have proceeded to the next part of the process or not.
    The first step of the selection process will be based on the material that you turn in with your application. The candidates that go on through to the second part of the selection process will be invited to Selection 2.
    The second part of the selection process will consist of an interview. Invitations are sent out in mid February. Interviews are carried out individually and digitally via Zoom Feb 20-26. The interview will focus on your proposal for presenting your artistic practice and your abilities to carry out the planned presentation.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection process


  • 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. SKH 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, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date forpaying the tuition fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the Master’s Programme New Performative Practices starting in the autumn of 2023 is 217 500 SEK for the first semester and 861 500 SEK for the programme as a whole.

    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 SKH and tuition fees and scholarships.


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