Ongoing projects

Here we list ongoing international cooperation projects.


Curating in Context

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2021

The aim of the Curating in Context project is to develop curatorial training with a strong focus on social impact through the involvement of local, regional and international actors, targeting individuals as well as cultural and civic organisations. The project aims to create educational resources and methods for use within the university and for the further education of cultural workers and citizens through strategies resulting from practices of performing arts and curators. Through methods of cross-pollination of know-how and best practices from the performing arts and civil society, the project also aims to collate the impact of the cultural and civil sectors on society. 

New formats of creating, presenting, disseminating and valorizing artistic works are needed to match current local and global entanglements. Curating in Context will create knowledge and opportunities for future curators to critically reflect and address different socio-political and economic contexts and develop curatorial methods to rethink the practices of performing arts in relation to the civil sector. 

Curating in Context aims to provide key competences and skills through which to:

• navigate between institutions, art organisations, civil society and the free-lance sector,

• enable and support sustainable self-employability,

• innovate fund-raising capabilities,

• manage artist led initiatives,

• create educational material that highlights reflection and engagement with art through context related perspectives such as production conditions, programming, organisation, governance, artistic practice and culture, the economy, the socio-political and cultural environment, and other institutional structures.

Main coordinator: Stockholm University of the Arts
Partner institutions: Tanzfabrik (NGO) Berlin, Lokomotiva (NGO), Skopje, North Macedonia and University of Zagreb, Croatia

Canon of Technical Theatre History

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2022

The aim of the Canon of Technical Theatre History is to increase awareness and understanding of the history of technical theatre in Europe: its practices and technologies.

The project contributes to the current discourse on the preservation of the cultural heritage of transnational and international theatre technology and techniques. We not only want to value history as an essential element in the education of theatre practitioners and the building of the identity of theatre professionals, but also to stress the importance and usefulness of sharing our heritage as an impetus for innovative developments.

Students and staff of nine European university institutions, research centers and dual education programs – from Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom – are collaborating to develop a timeline and a Canon of technical theatre during six workshop meetings. The methodology used and the developed tools are being documented as the project develops.

Adopting multiple perspectives from the disciplines of art history, engineering design, scenography, architecture and theatre studies, the project engages with archival research. It includes the tangible as well as the intangible cultural heritage of the performing arts field.

The outputs of the project will be a set of digital learning materials that can be used as a whole, can be integrated into the teaching of various specific disciplines, or used as reference material. This flexible approach will empower teachers to structure their courses in a flexible way, adapted to the requirements of different learners. The methodology guidelines and the teaching tools will inspire new teaching practices and support a diversity of needs.

The project structure and methodology guarantee that research from both teachers and students feeds back into education and to the wider professional field. The results will be able to be used by local stakeholders, reinforcing the link between the local community and the partner institutions. The network arising from this cooperation will ensure continuing development and the sustainability of the project outcomes.

Alexandria Nova

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2022

Alexandria Nova is a network of North European directing programs. It aims to create an international and diverse learning environment for the relatively small directing programs of each national institution and make a leap forward in the awareness about pedagogical methods used. We will share practical and pedagogical knowledge, describe and share working methods and gather together understanding about the art of directing. 

This is done through a series of workshops, symposium, seminars including students as well as teachers from all partner-institutions. The goal is to create a vivid interactive digital platform, a new library called Alexandria Nova, where students and teachers share ideas, methods and exercises in a playful way. The network will also publish a book with articles and essays by teachers involved in the project, as well as other artists, scientists and students.

Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin in the leading organisation with six partners including Listahaskoli Island in Reykjavik, Den Danske Scenekunstskole in Copenhagen, Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, Stockholm University of the Arts Stockholm, Lietuvos Muzikos ir Teatro Akademija in Vilnius and Kunsthogskolen i Oslo. 

Main coordinator: Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch, Berlin


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2022

Youth and social circus are a measure of intervention based on the combination of circus arts, sports and social pedagogy. It targets the young but also various at-risk groups in order to support the empowerment and emancipation of individuals and assist with participants’ personal and social development by nurturing their self-esteem and trust in others, as well as by helping them to acquire social skills, express their creativity and realize their potential and become active citizens. In this approach, the primary goal is not to learn the circus arts, but rather to create social change because it helps individuals assume their place in a society. Various studies indicate that the socio- pedagogical and welfare impacts of social circus are undeniable. Due to these positive impacts, the surveys show that there is a growing need of formally educated youth and social circus professionals having not only knowledge in circus arts but also possessing a deep knowledge of pedagogy to work with the young and with people with fewer opportunities in the society.

This project bases on research and cooperation between four European universities, five social circus schools and European youth and social circus network Caravan. As the youth and social circus will also be part of official research-based teacher education programmes in higher education institutions, the quality and the esteem of youth and social circus training is expected to rise significantly. This way the project improves and extends the offer of European high-quality learning opportunities. 

Main coordinator: Tampereen Korkeakoulusaatio, Finland
Partner institutions: Sorin Sirkus, Finland, Caravan Reseau Europeen d Ecoles de Cirque a Finalite Pedagogogique, Belgium, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde Association, France, Galway Community Circus, Ireland, Circus Cirkör, Sweden, Cirqueon, Czech Republic, National Univeristy of Ireland Galway, Ireland, University Paris-Sud, France and Stockholm University of the Arts.


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2019-2021

This Project finds its overall framework in the European Opera Academy (EOA), a cross-border collaborative initiative launched by Conservatorium Maastricht in 2016 which includes 14 Academies of Music (HEI) in Europe.

EOALAB is the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project that aims to trigger innovation in the field of opera based on the innovative concept of shared education.

This project will act as a think tank of the European Opera Academy to jointly elaborate, test and further develop innovative approaches in opera education and training to be disseminated to and exploited by other EOA members as well as other High Education Institutions and associated institutions.

Based on the innovative concept of shared education, the vision of this project is to trigger innovation in the opera field in Europe and beyond. EOALAB aims to reinforce the link between education, training and labor market through innovative student-centered teaching and learning approaches, by strengthening cross-border collaboration and exchange of best practices to make opera training laboratories for artistic experimentation and employability both for students and young professionals.

Main coordinator: Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands
Partner institutions: AEC (Association Europeene des Conservatoires), Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, Belgium, Conservatorio di Musica Arrigo Boito, Parma, Italy Instituto Politecnico do Porto – ESMAE, Portugal, Jazepa Vitola Latvijas Muzikas akademija, Riga, Latvia, Lietuvos Muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius, Lithuania and Stockholm University for the Arts, Stockholm.

Beyond Art Disciplines (BAD)

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, 2018-2020

The main objective of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Beyond Art Disciplines (BAD) is to explore and establish creative collaborative learning approaches within the frame of transdisciplinary and transnational cooperation with the active participation of students, teachers, staff members and other practitioners from the professional field of the arts, forming an international community of practice. In such a learning system, professionals from different disciplines come together based on a belief in the possibilities of unexpected knowledge, meaning or effects resulting from such encounters.

Main coordinator: Stockholm University of the Arts
Partner institutions: Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland and Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands