First cohort of Choreomundus students celebrated

On Friday [27 June] Roehampton celebrated the first cohort of Choreomundus students completing their two year Dance masters.

Posted: 30 June 2014

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Choreomundus students closed the event with a performance

The event held in Grove House, Froebel College was opened by Roehampton’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey. Paul welcomed guests, including the students’ spouses and parents and told the audience how proud Roehampton was to host the 17 students, who come from 15 countries, for their final semester of their two year Dance masters. After Paul wished the students well in their futures, speeches were given by the invited guests from each of the Choreomundus partner universities.

Choreomundus students closed the event with a performance, which was introduced by Debbie Williams, Choreomundus Academic Mentor.

Speaking of his experience at Roehampton, Choreomundus student Jared Jonathan Luna from the Philippines said: “The programme has shown us different perspectives in studying dance. I came from an anthropology undergraduate degree and have been interested in the ethnochoreological methods I studied during the MA. It has been challenging to make the different methods work together, but everyone at Roehampton has been really encouraging. Roehampton is great and because the faculty has varied backgrounds, we have been exposed to different kinds of traditional and contemporary dance.”

Andrée Grau, Professor of the Anthropology of Dance in the Department of Dance is one of the four founders of the Choreomundus programme. The MA (Choreomundus - International master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage) is Roehampton’s third Erasmus programme and investigates dance and other movement systems such as ritual practices, martial arts, games and physical theatre. The students were integrated into the current MA programmes as well as enjoying one module specifically designed for them.

The programme is offered by a consortium of four universities: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway; Blaise Pascal University, France; Scientific University of Szeged, Hungary; and the University of Roehampton, UK. Each is recognised for its leadership in the development of innovative curricula for the analysis of dance from the perspectives of dance anthropology, ethnography, and ethnochoreology.

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