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The International Platform for Performer Training (IPPT) annual conference is taking place 6-9 January 2022 at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

IPPT is a community of international practitioners, artists, pedagogues, and researchers involved in performer training within the institutions offering higher education in performing arts. IPPT gathers in annual meetings since its establishment in 2014 organized by participating institutions. Previous conferences have been held in Helsinki, Ghent, Wroclaw, Utrecht, Zurich, Gothenburg, Canterbury, and this year in Tallinn.

Each annual meeting includes presentations and workshops that have a common theme. This year’s topic is “New opportunities, practices, technologies, platforms, experiences, discoveries and resources in the field of performer training at the time of the pandemic.”

“The current pandemic world order has thrown great challenges at performer training in higher education institutions. Yet, we have found ways to continue. This IPPT meeting would like to look at the more positive side and focus on these fantastic opportunities of pandemics that have forced us to step out of our comfort zone and find new ways and modes for being, teaching and training. The open call for presentations was deliberately open and broad to allow a variety of best practices to be introduced and shared in our meeting in Tallinn. Some presentations take place in the studio, while some are delivered online, practically testing new technological opportunities and challenges,” said Professor Jüri Nael, who is behind the initiative to bring the IPPT meeting to Tallinn.

IPPT conference will be live streamed so that those who could not travel would still join.

IPPT website:

More information:
Prof Jüri Nael
+372 58550217

The aim of these sessions is to offer prospective MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) students an opportunity to meet the course teaching team and ask questions about the application and audition process, and find out specific information about the course. Former CPPM students will be present, so it is possible to enquire about their experience on the course.

All prospective applicants can choose from the following options:

1 December 2021
10:00 (GMT +2)
20:00 (GMT +2)

10 January 2022
10:00 (GMT +2)
20:00 (GMT +2)

20 February 2022
16:00 (GMT +2)

Each session will last around 90 minutes.

Please register for one of these sessions using this link

Closer to your selected session you will be emailed a Zoom link to join.

If you have any questions prior to these sessions, feel free to contact us via email

The course application deadline is 1 March 2022.

On November 1, the admission opened for MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The applications process remains open until January 31, 2022. Auditions will take place from March 7 to April 17 in various cities worldwide: Tallinn, Berlin, Milan, London, Seoul and Melbourne. You can find out more about the admission criteria and process here.

CPPM was founded under the belief that the most intense artistic growth occurs through genuine encounters with inspirational artists. That is why most studies are conducted by internationally renowned directors, choreographers, performers, and companies from all over the world. The confirmed guest artists for 2022-24 include Anne Bogart (USA), Olivier de Sagazan (France), Juan Dominguez (Spain), Kim Collier (Canada), Theodoros Terzoupoulos (Greece), Guillaume Pige (England), Stacy Makishi (Hawaii, USA), Tadashi Endo (Japan), Fran Barbe (Australia), etc. You can see the complete list of guest artists here.

“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 artistic practice through active collaboration, devising and performance,” said CPPM course leader professor Jüri Nael.

CPPM offers a generous scholarship scheme allowing eight accepted students to get a discount on their tuition fees. You can read more about the tuition fees and scholarship scheme here.

In 2021, the first cohort of CPPM students graduated: 12 students from 8 countries. Their final projects gave birth to the international performing arts festival CPPM Manifestal, which took place from May to June 2021 and included more than 70 performances in different locations across Tallinn.

The deadline for applying for CPPM is January 31, 2022

On May 13th, the new contemporary performance festival CPPM Manifestal will be launched, celebrating the development of our two-year MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) students at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

All 13 new productions presented at the festival result from their artistic research projects undertaken to complete their master studies.

Photo: Eero Vabamägi / Postimees

“Over the last two years, the have challenged themselves withstanding numerous workshopis, creative projects, academic tasks and public performances. This extreme diversity of guest artists and teacers and the intensity of the course served as a platform for them to refine their own ways and identities. Manifestal is the logical destination of the journey.”  Jüri Nael

Photos: Seohwon Ji  “I AM WONDERING SO, I AM WANDERING” (Alan Proosa / CPPM Manifestal)

The CPPM Manifestal is born in cooperation with our incredible partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Uue Loomingu Maja, Elektron, Estonian Dance Agency and Estonian Academy of Arts. The festival is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

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