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In a thrilling announcement today, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre unveiled the lineup of guest artists for its international master’s program in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) for 2025–2027.

Renowned figures from across the globe are set to grace Estonia’s shores over the next two years, bringing their expertise to engage with master’s students in contemporary performance-making. The impressive list includes:

  • Marina Abramović (Serbia)
  • Anne Bogart (United States)
  • Wim Vanderkeybus | Ultima Vez (Belgium)
  • Maxin Doyle | Punchdrunk (United Kingdom)
  • Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria)
  • Guillermo Gomez-Pena | La Pocha Nostra (United States)
  • Balitronica Gomez | La Pocha Nostra (United States)
  • Grzegorz Bral | Song of the Goat (Poland)
  • Hannes Langolf | DV8 Physical Theatre (Germany)
  • Eddie Martinez | Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany)
  • Akram Khan Company (United Kingdom)
  • Young Boy Dancing Group (international)
  • Marco Donnarumma (Italy)
  • Julian Boal | Escola de Teatro Popular (Brazil)
  • Guillaume Pige | Theatre Re (United Kingdom)
  • Ivana Jozic | Troubleyn (Belgium)
  • Maria Kolegova | Ultima Vez (Belgium)
  • Stacy Makishi (Hawaii)
  • Ephia Djalma (France)
  • Gey Pin Ang (Singapore)
  • Henry McGrath (United Kingdom)
  • Peader Kirk (United Kingdom)
  • Mart Kangro (Estonia)
  • Physical Lab (United Kingdom)
  • Gecko (United Kingdom)
  • Mirko Rajas (Estonia)
  • Taavi Tõnisson (Estonia)

You can find out more about CPPM guest artists here.


The CPPM curriculum, rooted in the belief that the most significant artistic growth stems from collaboration with inspiring minds, promises an immersive experience. Students will learn alongside leading practitioners and engage in cutting-edge practices reshaping the performing arts landscape.


You can find more information about the application process here.


We offer two online information sessions for prospective students on May 5th and June 25th. These sessions give prospective applicants insights into the application and audition process, curriculum details, and more. Former and current CPPM students will also be on hand to share their experiences. To participate, please register for your preferred session(s) using the provided link.


Applications for CPPM are open until July 1, 2024.


Studies commence on January 20th, 2025.


Consultations for applicants for doctoral studies in music and dramatic art with regard to the preparation of research projects will be held on:

15 April
12.00 Zoom (in English)
17.30 A-202 at EAMT (in Estonian and English)

18 April
15.00–16.00 A-202 at EAMT (in Estonian and English)

25 April
14.00 Zoom (in English)

We ask participants to register no later than 17:00 the day before the consultation by calling 6675 709 or by e-mail at:

In a bid to attract exceptional talent, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) has unveiled a remarkable opportunity for prospective students enrolling in the Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) course. EAMT is pleased to announce the availability of eight partial tuition fee waivers, aiming to ease the financial journey of aspiring students.

These scholarships are structured into two tiers: four scholarships that generously provide a 50% reduction on the full tuition fee and an additional four that offer a 25% reduction. The direct application of these scholarships serves to alleviate the financial burden on students, with the reduction (25% or 50%) subtracted from the total tuition fee for the academic year.

For example, EU applicants with a full tuition fee of €7000 will witness a reduced fee of €5250 with a 25% scholarship and a further decrease to €3500 with a 50% scholarship per academic year. Similarly, non-EU applicants with a full tuition fee of €13000 will experience reductions to €9750 and €6500, respectively.

The allocation of these scholarships for the first academic year is contingent upon audition outcomes, with four candidates set to receive a 50% discount and another four benefiting from a 25% discount. Each scholarship remains valid for one academic year.

In the subsequent academic year, all CPPM students will have the opportunity to vie for eight similar scholarships based on academic performance, artistic dedication, and overall course contribution, as determined by the CPPM course committee.

Additionally, EAMT extends its support to CPPM students by offering a result-based scholarship. The student with the highest academic performance each term is awarded 100 euros per month, a recognition of their dedication and excellence. This scholarship is granted at the beginning of each term, acknowledging academic achievements from the preceding term.

Prospective candidates and current students eager to explore these scholarship opportunities can find comprehensive details on CPPM Course Detail page.

These upcoming sessions aim to provide prospective applicants interested in the MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) with the opportunity to connect with the course teaching team. It enables you to inquire about the application and audition procedures and gain insights into the specifics of the course. Former and current CPPM students will also attend, offering valuable perspectives on their experience with the programme.


Applicants have the option to attend one of the following sessions:

  • 3rd April at 10:00 (GMT +3 Tallinn time)
  • 15th May at 19:00 (GMT +3 Tallinn time)
  • 25th June at 15:00 (GMT +3 Tallinn time)


Each session is expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

To participate, please register for your preferred session(s) using the provided link. As the selected session approaches, participants will receive a Zoom link via email to join.

For any inquiries leading up to the sessions, you are encouraged to reach out via email at

Please note that the course application deadline is 1st July 2024.

Today, on the 1st of March, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) has commenced accepting applications for its MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making programme (CPPM). Applications are welcome until the 1st of July 2024. In 2024, the course admits 16–18 students and the studies will commence on the 20th of January 2025, with studies spanning two years.


We’re admitting students for the third time and remain committed to finding the most talented and diverse performance artists worldwide to come to Estonia for studies – all to curate an exceptional course enriching the Estonian performing arts landscape,” stated Jüri Nael, the leading professor of contemporary performance at EMTA.


In 2024, we aim to bring auditions closer to you, ensuring that everyone can attend without the need to travel to the other side of the world. That’s why we’re offering global face-to-face and online auditions this year. While face-to-face auditions are preferred, as they allow us to meet and spend some time together in the studio, we accept online auditions as an equally valid alternative. We hope this ensures greater flexibility and accessibility for applicants, regardless of their location”, added Nael.


Face-to-face auditions take place in Seoul (South Korea), Melbourne (Australia), Sao Paolo (Brazil), New York (United States), London (UK) and Tallinn (Estonia). In addition, we offer three online auditions that take place in different time zones: Asia (GMT+10), the Americas (GMT-7), and Europe (GMT+1).


CPPM programme is founded on the belief that encounters with inspiring artists and the opportunity to closely and honestly experience their creative process are the primary catalysts for the development of young performance artists. The coursework is delivered through intensive masterclasses by internationally acclaimed directors, choreographers, performers, and troupes from around the globe. Recent guest artists include Olivier de Sagazan (FRA), Hannes Langolf (DV8 Physical Theatre), Eddie Martinez (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bauch), Rob Hayden (Ultima Vez), Guillermo Gomez-Pena (La Pochanostra), Grzegorz Bral (Song of the Goat), Amit Lahav (Gecko), Marilena Dara (Jasmin Vardimon Company), Kim Collier (Electric Company Theatre), Young Boy Dancing Group and many others.


Instruction is conducted in English.


To qualify for the program, candidates should hold an undergraduate degree, ideally in a field related to performing arts such as theatre, acting, dance, choreography, circus, performance art or performance making. Nonetheless, applicants with degrees in other areas may also be eligible if they can present a significant portfolio highlighting their prior artistic practice and experience. While candidates with several years of professional experience in the performing arts are preferred, this is not a mandatory criterion for application.


Established in 2019, CPPM saw its first cohort graduate in the spring of 2021, comprising 12 students from 8 countries. The second cohort, with 14 students from 11 countries, is set to graduate this spring as part of the international contemporary performance festival, CPPM MANIFESTAL’24, running from March 12th to June 17th, featuring 14 new productions totalling over 60 performances.

All information about the course, including entry requirements, can be found on the CPPM website at

The website offers abundant visual and video material regarding past CPPM projects and activities.

We are thrilled to announce the opening of applications for our esteemed MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) program, starting March 1, 2024.


Key Dates:

  • Application Opening: March 1, 2024
  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2024
  • Auditions: August to October 2024 (Globally and Online)
  • Studies commence in February 2025.


“MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) is a ground-breaking course that takes postgraduate education out of the classroom and puts practical experience with world-leading makers of performance at the heart of the learning process. Students will work alongside some of the most exciting directors, choreographers, performance makers, artists and companies across the world to further their own artistic practice through active collaboration, devising and performance”, said CPPM Course Leader professor Jüri Nael.


CPPM alumni Seren Oroszvary adds that “CPPM inverted and rearranged my perspective of myself, of people, of performance, theatre and what it is to be an artist. It has shaped my identity in an organic, unique way. I don’t feel the halo of an institution above me but rather my own master of my journey and artistic practice. The course has also helped me to recognise and embrace the power of being a multimodal artist and a flexible creator in the current social, political and ecological climate.”


As a CPPM student, you’ll be part of a diverse, international community, experiencing a dynamic learning environment that fosters experimentation, collaboration, and high artistic standards. This program is a journey of transformation and self-discovery, demanding physical and mental endurance, creativity, and a readiness to be transformed through the creative process.


More detailed information about the application process, entry criteria, tuition fees, and the comprehensive list of guest artists for 2025-2027 will be published on CPPM admission page on March 1, 2024.