“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.”

Jüri Nael
CPPM Course Leader

“The CPPM has been one of the most intense, challenging, and rewarding undertakings of my artistic career so far. The course’s structure and philosophy centred around practical training with current world-leading arts practitioners was exactly what I was looking for in the next step of my development. Although the course is a part of a well recognised institution, the emphasis always felt like it was on the practical engagement with these artist’s processes and methodologies, and far more beneficial than what can be learnt from a textbook. Outside of professional arts practice, the personal relationships you build with many of these artists and companies outside the studio is invaluable, and can lead to a number of opportunities following the course completion.”

  Marshall Stay
CPPM Student 2019-21


“CPPM is like a world trip. The intense, but short exposure to a large number of artists and approaches helped me carve out my own artistic vision. But CPPM ended up doing more than that: It has opened up horizons that I never even knew existed. I am now doing things I had never even considered doing in my wildest imagination, and yet, in a strange way this crazy, exhilarating trip has ended up bringing me closer to myself than I ever thought possible.”

Agnes Oberauer


“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 in being a multimodal artist and a flexible creator in the current social, political and ecological climate.”

Seren Oroszvary


“I got a lot more out of this program than I initially expected. These studies made me more independent and gave me a variety of tools and instruments to express myself as an artist and be able to build creative processes.”

Liisa Saaremäel

“It’s great that you can really experiment and play, and at the same time learn from your colleagues, track your process and be encouraged to dig deeper. The space is safe for all kinds of artists and I personally found it fantastic to be surrounded with such a mixed, international group. We had many long days, but at the end it was about learning, sharing and creating with each other.”

Lea Sekulić


“CPPM is for someone who’s not afraid of hard work, of doubts, and sometimes of being lost and overwhelmed. You need to be prepared to look for the answers to your questions, it’s gonna be hard and you may not find them but you may also find answers to questions you never asked. It will take a long time to fully understand what CPPM gave me.”

Simona Medolago

“CPPM was an experience that demanded both physical and mental endurance, the ability to self-organize and to define who/what you want to become as an artist. Those who apply for the course have to be ready to do and give more than they imagine they can. They have to be ready to be transformed through exhaustion. The course gave me more freedom and put me on my feet as an independent artist. CPPM can help to find a direction, however, you yourself have to find the way how to go on that path. Last but not least – CPPM is also the platform for meeting beautiful people and artists.”

Iveta Pole

“In my experience, what makes CPPM unique is that it offers an exciting place of encounter for students and guest artists. We try to keep it real. We keep reminding ourselves how hard it is for everyone and, in general, to create meaningful work. We consider everyone as a professional. Not only the teachers but every CPPM student comes on board with previous artistic experiences and professional background. We respect that. When we are in a rehearsal room, we fight for the highest artistic quality despite the limitations imposed by the learning framework. Simply put, becoming a CPPM student does not make an excuse for temporarily lowering your standards.”

Giacomo Veronesi
CPPM Senior Lecturer