Dramaturgi er studiet af teater i bred forstand. Forskningsemnerne spænder fra tekstanalyser af dramatik fra Antikken til i dag, over performancestudier og studier af teatrets kulturpolitiske rammebetingelser til undersøgelser af teatrets anvendelsesmuligheder i pædagogiske og udviklingsmæssige sammenhænge. Teaterproduktionsprocessen og -forestillingen udgør det helt centrale omdrejningspunkt og analyseres ud fra såvel en historisk som en æstetisk dimension.
Dramaturgi er en forskningsbaseret uddannelse, der lægger vægt på studiet af de teoretiske, historiske, politiske og organisatoriske forudsætninger for at have en levende teaterkultur. På alle niveauer af studiet indgår praktiske elementer, og uddannelsens omdrejningspunkt er den studerendes evne til at styrke praksis gennem teoretisk refleksion og omvendt.
Dramaturgi på Aarhus Universitet har en særlig stærk tradition for at være orienteret mod aktuelle og nybrydende teaterformer i forskningen, men med rum for historisk fordybelse.
Dramaturgifaget udøves i tæt samarbejde med teatre, kulturorganisationer og virksomheder, både i uddannelses- og forskningssammenhæng. Forskningssamarbejder har ofte form af evaluering og følgeforskning på kulturprojekter, og fagets forskere underviser typisk også på teaterskoler og deltager i det udøvende teaterliv som konsulenter, dramaturger, bestyrelsesmedlemmer mv.
Vores forskere samarbejder bl.a. med Kulturby Aarhus 2017, Odin Teatret, Aarhus Teater, Forsøgsstationen, Cantabile 2 og mange flere.
The Department of Dramaturgy at Aarhus University is excited to announce that Mads Thygesen will from 1 June 2023 join the department as our new Associate Professor in Theatre Practice and Production Dramaturgy.
Mads holds a PhD in Dramaturgy from Aarhus University and played a central role in the accreditation of the performing arts educations in Denmark. After being Rector of The Danish National Academy for Playwrighting, he was Rector of The Danish National School of Performing Arts from 2015-2021. He is currently Professor in Dramaturgy at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Mads says: “ It is a great honor to be able to follow in the footsteps of my old mentor Erik Exe Christoffersen and I am looking forward to work with all of the students and professors to further develop the research expertise in theatre practice and production dramaturgy.
My initial interest in theatre practice and production dramaturgy was shaped through my studies with some of the “local” pioneers of the research field (Exe Christoffersen, Torunn Kjølner, Janek Szatkowski, Ida Krøgholt) who supervised me as a student and supported my research in the early stages of my professional career. Encouraged by their creative attitude and critical thinking, I worked – parallel to my BA/MA-studies and PhD-research from 1995 to 2009 – as a lighting designer, performer, theatre director, voice-teacher, and dramaturg both locally and internationally. Most of my subsequent work as a teacher, researcher, and educational leader has been focusing on the way in which dramaturgical theory and theatre practice can inform each other and have a strong impact on our understanding of art education and its relations to the professional field of the theatre.
The new position as associate professor in theatre practice and production dramaturgy is the perfect opportunity for me to return from my long and challenging journey into the world of art education with new knowledge and perspective on the field of dramaturgy. In my mind, there is no more inspiring task than creating sustainable educations for a new generation of courageous, ambitious and reflexive students. I will work hard to further the collaborative atmosphere of the department, and I hope to inspire the students in the coming years, so they will finish their education in dramaturgy with practical and theoretical knowledge which can inspire them for a professional career and a lifetime of dramaturgical research.”
In 2020, the department started the new research group “Paradigms of Dramaturgy: Arts, Institutions and the Social”, based within the interdisciplinary research centre “Cultural Transformations”. Also, Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond supports a four year research project in the department, “Reconfiguring dramaturgy for a global culture: Changing practices in 21st century European theatre” (2020-2023)”. The department is now joint partner within the European Theatre Research Network, together with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama/University of London and the University of Kent.
As part of a new Faculty-wide partnership agreement between Aarhus University and Coventry University, we are now inviting applications as part of the Faculty of Arts-Graduate School’s Open Call for a Faculty scholarship to the cotutuelle scheme “Mobilizing Dramaturgy”. Successful candidates will undertake a collaborative doctoral research programme under the supervision of academic experts from both universities, enrolling at Aarhus University and spending one year at Coventry University in the UK. Click here for further information and deadlines.