|180 ECTS||Thomas Hauert - Gabriel Schenker|
The Bachelor in Contemporary Dance offered by La Manufacture in Lausanne, in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), is the first university-level program in contemporary dance in Switzerland.
Oriented towards practice, and nourished by theoretical reflection, this training allows students to become familiar with many choreographic languages, to meet recognized personalities of the teaching and the professional environment, and to develop their own artistic creativity.
The program taught at the ZHdK in Zurich is centered on providing integrated training in a range of dance skills, whereas at La Manufacture it is focused on the creation of artistic processes. It seeks to coach versatile and independent dancers who are able to contribute to the choreographic process and manage their own training.
The training rather explores the body’s infinite possibilities of movement and its ability to learn, develop and integrate new capacities, more than teaches historical dance styles and techniques or artistic trends. It seeks to coach creative, versatile and independent dancers, with a reflexive approach, able to contribute to the choreographic process.
The programme is built around three main axes : the training, working towards autonomy in the development and upkeep of the physical abilities, the artistic practice, aiming at developing both a conscious and intuitive creativity, and the reflexive approach, where the theoretical input allows to put the artistic practice critically and constructively into perspective.
It encompasses eight complementary modules:
La Manufacture is located in the french speaking region of Switzerland (Romandie), therefore the language of everyday life is French. Teaching languages are French and English. Students are not required to be bilingual upon admission, but they are expected to acquire a very good level of understanding of the other language over the course of their first year of studies.