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Choreography and Performance (MA)



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The Master's programme in Choreography and Performance can be completed in German and English or in English only.



The Master's programme Choreography and Performance is a consecutive programme based on relevant Bachelor's degrees in theatre studies. Further information on the admission requirements can be found under  "Application".

The international Master's programme at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies is offered together with the Department of Contemporary Dance at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) in Frankfurt am Main. Students can choose from a wide range of practical and theoretical courses in choreography and performance, dance and theatre studies.

The programme combines body and practice-oriented approaches with a critical and reflective approach to dance and performance. In the courses of your study, you will be trained to have a broader understanding of choreography. Physical means of expression such as dance and movement are not only tested and reflected upon as artistic means, but are also discussed with regard to their relevance for contemporary aesthetic, social and political contexts. In order to help you to position yourself independently in your working method in the context of contemporary art production, special attention will be paid to contemporary international dance and performance art and its working and production methods.

The seminars offered in the Master's programme consist of events organised by the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and other partners of the Hessian Theatre Academy. An important part of the Master's programme revolves around practical work. Through a wide range of scenic projects, practical courses, physical training, dramaturgy and mentoring courses, methods and techniques for independent artistic work are taught. Guest professors and lecturers from the field of contemporary art production enable you to engage with relevant discourses and positions.

There are numerous cooperations with cultural institutions in the region, such as Tanzlabor 21, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Frankfurt LAB, so that students can easily find opportunities for the professional realisation of their projects.

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since 18 August 2008

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the study programme

Composition of the study programme

The Master course has been designed to expand dance studies, practical dancing and theatre science elements, to go more deeply into them and to reflect on them theoretically in seminars and also to try them out in practical courses, scenic projects and do the same, artistically and practically, with the students’ own work. 

The  course ends with the successful completion of all the modules. The thesis consists of an artistic-practical piece of work done by the students.

The Master course Choreography and Performance consists of 11 modules covering 120 credit points (cp).

In the first year of studies the focus is, on the one hand, on the expansion of the theoretical- scientific skills and on the other on the individual practical skills in the area of artistic practice, choreography, body training, movement research and organisation.

In the second year of studies artistic and theoretical knowledge will be broadened and the connections between these varied areas will be established.  The knowledge and skills that have been acquired from Modules 1-10 come into use in the course of producing the thesis connecting theory and practice.



The following modules will be completed in the two-year Master course Choreography and Performance: 

  • Dance History and Theory (05-MA-CUP-CUP-01)
  • Contemporary Aesthetics and Performance (05-MA-CUP-CUP-02)
  • Choreography/Artistic Practice (05-MA-CUP-CUP-03)
  • Dance Practice, Body Training, Movement Research (05-MA-CUP-CUP-04)
  • Art and Music (05-MA-CUP-KUM-05)
  • Management and Organisation (05-MA-CUP-CUP-06)
  • Profile Development (05-MA-CUP-PB-07)
  • Staging the Body (05-MA-CUP-CUP-08)
  • Specialisation (05-MA-CUP-CUP-09)
  • Assistant Module (05-MA-CUP-CUP-10)
  • Thesis (05-MA-CUP-CUP-11)

Together with the subject specific classes offered by Applied Theatre Studies the following are also offered in the Master course Choreography and Performance.

  • Art History (faculty 04 of the Justus Liebig University, Giessen)
  • Music (faculty 03 der Justus Liebig University, Giessen)


Further Information

A description of the modules can be found in the Special Regulations:

Special Regulations


Courses Offered in the Course Catalogue

Course Catalogue (in German)


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • The application for enrolment can only be submitted by those who have passed the artistic aptitude test or those who have taken an accepted test elsewhere.
  • Relevant Bachelor's degree: BA in Applied Theatre Science at JLU Giessen (minimum grade: good or better) or BA (or equivalent) in a theatre-relevant subject with a focus on dance and/or performance (minimum grade: good or better).
  • Required English Skills (required language skills)
Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options

Career Options

Career Options

The professional areas of interest form a broad selection consisting of, for example, an independent artistic career (choreography, dance and movement performance art, video), dance dramaturgy, cultural conception and organisation of dance festivals or editorial, journalistic activities. Also the area of dance in schools/community dance/education projects, which is becoming more important, is no longer under the direction of dance educators but increasingly involves the artistic aspect and is thus being opened to graduates of this course.


Doctoral Studies at JLU

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree


Graduate Centres

Giessen Graduate Centre for Humanities


International: incomings

Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)

Departmental contact persons:

Faculty 05


International Office
General counseling of international students
Dr. Saltanat Rakhimzhanova, Patrycja Zakrzewska

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact and office hours

Further Information

Further Information

PDF documents for the courses of study

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!


Subject advisor

Subject advisor

Martina Ruhsam
Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft
Gutenbergstraße 6
35394 Giessen

Tel.: +49 (0)641 99 - 31234

Office hours: by appointment


Central Study Advisor

Frank Uhlmann (Dipl.-Sozialw.)
Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk