Research


At CISPA, specialist practitioners, and internationally renowned guest teachers and researchers contribute to a contemporary, synergetic, research-based approach to a methodological actors’ training, which we call Contemporary Method Acting.
For the further development of and research into methodological actor training, CISPA collaborate with practitioners, teachers, artists, theorists and institutions within the fields of arts, humanities and science. 

Currently, a two year Erasmus+ project (the ACTA framework) is taking place, incorporating HEIs, NGOs and private businesses.

The ACTA framework purposes to work out an innovative, flexible, socially and economically responsive educational framework aiming at 1. cross-cultural and entrepreneurial skills and competences of students in performing arts, 2. raising employability of young artists, 3. facilitating cooperation and knowledge exchange between arts, education and business.

Within the ACTA-framework four universities, two private, cultural enterprises and one NGO meet and exchange their knowledge.

Timeframe:  Jan 1 2017 – Jan 1 2020

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS:

  • CISPA, Copenhagen International School of Performing Arts, DK
  • Babeş-Bolyai University, Department of Hungarian Ethnology and Anthropology, RO
  • Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Department of Art History and Theory, LT
  • S.C. Civitas Consulting SRL, RO
  • The University of Łódź, Faculty of Philology, Department of Theatre and Drama, PL
  • Othernessproject, DK
  • University of Malta, The Theatre Studies Department, MT

ASSOCIATED RESEARCHERS:

  • Christian Juul 

Executive Summary

The ACTA-framework is proposing innovative curricula within three thematic clusters:

  1. cross-cultural actor training
  2. cultural/artistic entrepreneurship
  3. theory formation of 1. + 2.
  1. cross-cultural actor training based on: 
    • Movement Psychology
    • Contemporary Method Acting
    • English as a lingua franca in a multilingual environment;
  2. entrepreneurial skills of actors to become transnational cultural operators: project devising
    • project planning
    • project devising
    • project implementation/management
    • cultural entrepreneurship
    • business and financial studies for cultural and artistic purposes;
  3. theory formation of 1. + 2. (see above)
    • neuroscientific research on the actor’s work
    • anthropology of cross-cultural encounters
    • post-colonialist studies
    • post-migrant theatre
    • philosophy of otherness
    • phenomenology of body and movement/dance, philosophy of education
    • cross-sectoral approaches
    • society, culture, arts and business
    • alternative economies and alternative futures in a knowledge-based society

Timeframe

Methods

Main Aims

Pilot project: March 2016/December 2016 – with the participation of current teachers, students and partners of CISPA.

Project: January 2017/January 2020

METAXY as a research platform, inviting teachers, artists, students, researchers working at and affiliated with CISPA, is based on a holistic research methodology that embraces educational- artistic work simultaneously with more relevant perspectives, using a set of tools and methods, such as:

  • Action-research – a ’learning by doing’ process for its teachers, students, associated re- searchers and international partners. Research methods convey planning, teaching/learning, observing and reflecting upon teaching/learning methods at CISPA and partner institutions, constantly sharing information and experience.

  • Post-colonialist approach – reflection, self-reflection and critique of using English as a lingua franca, possibilities of exploring the students’ identity and artistic goals, the young artists’ perspectives in the globalizing world and possibilities of use of their mother tongue; also cultural, cross-cultural values and principles applied and raised during the process of actors’ training; placing a constant emphasis on non-hierarchical cultural approach;

  • Phenomenology, somaesthetics and cognitive sciences – affiliate researchers are invited from these fields in order to theorise, together with teachers and artists, the actors’ study and work.

As an iterative process, this research paradigm sets high ethical criteria in assuring constant information flow among all participants, creating an inspirational and responsive working envi- ronment and accountable for professional dialogue and academic output.

Main Aims

Involving teachers, students, researchers – both on individual and institutional level – in a participatory, ongoing action-research process on transnational actors’ training;
Creating a transnational, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary platform on the main topic by inviting professionals working within the fields of arts, humanities, social sciences and science;

• Further developing and creating a flexible model of the participants’ existing working/learning/teaching method throughout a professional network and continuous reflection and assessment;

Empowering all participants to shape their own artistic, research and learning processes through mutual exchange of experience and work within an encouraging and inspirational environment;

Contemplating on and shaping possible futures of actors’ training, performing arts and their societal aspects, also on the social impact of performing arts.

Modes Of Participation

  • Ongoing sharing of information and experience with continuous feedback on the online platform of the research project;
  • Residencies for students (2-4 weeks long residency schemes with partnering institutions);
  • Guest lecturer programmes (1 week long guest lecturing);
  • Symposia, workshops (two plenary meetings yearly / monthly meetings at CISPA)
  • Publication (a collection of studies at the end of the research period / we also encourage and help with individual publications on this research programme – mentioning the project’s title and CISPA as hosting institution).