International and cross-cultural education
Aiming for a career profile that might encompass Hollywood, Broadway & the Westend (and Off-/Off-off-), Sundance, Montreal, Berlin, Avignon, Tampere, Edinburgh, HBO, Netflix, BBC etc. is the natural consequence of the global mobility that also the performing arts enjoy. But in order to be able to meet the high and varied demands posed on the international scene, the performer must have both an outstanding training that engenders both personal and artistic autonomy and robustness, cross-cultural competencies, and experience with entrepreneurship over their own projects.
At CISPA we are proud to provide a comprehensive training that encompasses all of those aspects.
The Methodological Training
The starting point of the training at CISPA is the being of each individual as a part of the collective. The performing artist is trained to expose and hone the correlation between the physical, psychological and metaphysical elements of human nature. They must be able to utilise and coordinate their entire sensory apparatus, intellectual capacity, intuitive and instinctive impulses and emotional depth in order that the correlation between body, mind and soul manifest itself in an original artistic expression.
This approach stands in line with the post-critical tradition of the mindbody, coined, amongst others, by the American philosopher William H. Poteat. In contrast to the dominant Cartesian divide of mind and body into two separate entities, Poteat argues that mind and body cannot possibly be separated and thus any reflection under the assumption of such a separation must be seriously distorted. Instead he suggests that persons possess neither minds nor bodies, but mindbodies, and that all our perceptive senses are first fundamentally combined in a pre-lingual level of understanding, from which all higher thought, feeling and action are educed.
Thus, the acting student must learn to tap into and develop their sensorial connectedness with, and pre-lingual perception of the world, in order to employ them creatively, and deliberately harness them within a specific artistic form.
At CISPA this embrace of mind and body as undividable unfolds in three major ways:
—Firstly, it is an important step towards a unified training that facilitates both practice (physical doing), and subsequent embodied reflection which in turn informs and advances further practice.
— Secondly, building on the concepts of embodiment and the mindbody, CISPA pursues a holistic approach to learning, teaching and research.