Theatre, dance and music are some of the oldest forms of art that still exist. Consequently, the course Performing Arts is the first of a number of specialist courses in the Arts Management Programme. Dramatic art includes both traditional and experimental theatre, as well as stand-up, musicals and revues. Moreover, the concept of dramatic art also covers traditional forms of opera and ballet. In this context the music is limited to the classical music that is performed in concert halls and other arenas. A common aspect of dramatic art and orchestral activities is that they are performing arts; it is about a performance here and now for a specific audience. The condition of performance in these sectors pose a number of financial, marketing and organizational challenges that will be dealt with in the course.

Course content

The general characteristics, value chains and industrial structure of the performing enterprises:  

Institutional theatres, independent theatre groups and private theatres 

National and regional opera 

National ballet and independent dance ensembles 

Orchestras and music ensembles 

The history of the performing arts enterprises  

Traditional forms of art in a new time 

The cultural policy and forms of funding of the performing arts enterprises 

Public support and income from private sponsors  

The forms of organization of the performing arts enterprises  

Institutions, projects, festivals, networks and hybrid forms  

Market-economic challenges for the performing arts 

Relations with other cultural and social sectors


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