Last Sunday, the award was presented during a special closing performance of the festival Circolo in Tilburg. With her impressive act, Melody Nolan managed to leave the other nominees behind and convince the jury. Melody received a cheque of 5000 Euros and will be given the opportunity to further develop her act into a full performance. In addition, she gets to show her act during the first Circusstad festival gala in May 2022 in het Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam. Photography: Jostijn Ligtvoet Since 2012, the award goes to the most talented graduating act of the past year. The nominated acts stand out for their original, innovative approach to their discipline and excellent technical skills. Raff Pringuet, who also got his Bachelor's Degree in Circus Arts a few months ago, was one of the other nominees. The final winner was chosen by a professional jury that this year consisted of Hanneke Meijers (director/board member Tent Circustheater productions), Jonas van Soom (artistic staff Festival Cirkl / Cirklabo Leuven Belgium), Arlette Hanson (Director Arlette Hanson Wintercircus / board member Circuspunt) and Marc Eysink Smeets (director/board member Festival Circolo - board member Circuspunt). From the jury report: "Melody has developed a wonderful movement language of her own that is highly original within her discipline. The exploration of the human body makes every movement necessary and meaningful. In addition, the chosen soundbed contributes to the intensity of the performance. Where the discipline can sometimes be static, Melody knows how to make this dynamic in her act through her use of space and the very fluent choreography".
International Coming Out Day – interview with Joep Heijkoop. ‘I have never had any nasty comments here. There’s so much diversity here,’ says Joep Heijkoop, second-year student Music Theatre. He wears skirts and dresses. And a pearl necklace. ‘I’ve decided to wear heels to school, as this is the place where I can do that.’ But upon leaving Codarts he changes the heels for sneakers and covers his dress with a long coat.
To give students financial breathing space in this difficult corona time, the government is proposing to halve the statutory tuition fee rate for 2021-2022.
All the Bachelor’s programmes at Codarts have received the designation Top Study Programme in this years Choice Guide (Keuzegids). This consolidates our position as a university of the arts and proves that our strategy (2018-2022) of designing all our processes in the service of promoting our students’ development has been successful.The following Bachelor’s programmes now have the designation Top Study Programme: Circus Arts, Dance in Education, Music in Education, Music (jazz, pop, world music, classical music, and music theatre), and Dance. The Bachelor’s programme Dance had the highest score. Having reached second place among dance study programmes with 95 points last year, they are now top of the list with 97 points. Dance in Education also showed enormous progress; reaching third place with a score of 94 points. Wilma Franchimon, president of the Executive Board: “It is fantastic to see how the efforts of our teachers, staff, and students are being rewarded. This is a result to take pride in and it once again confirms how much quality there is at Codarts!” The Choice Guide is an independent consumer guide that judges and compares the quality of all study programmes. Programmes that score 75 or higher may call themselves Top Study Programme. The Choice Guide is published by the Centre for Higher Education Information (C.H.O.I.). The scoring is based on students’ assessment (NSE 2018), study success rates (Vereniging Hogescholen) and labour market figures (Research Centre for Research and Labour market).
Special project recorded in moving documentary Last March, during a Codarts project week, a special collaboration took place. Under the supervision of Codarts alumnus / choreographer Jordy Dik, nine Codarts students worked for a week on a project in which they tell the stories of elderly people with dementia through dance and music. The community project took place in the context of ‘Dance On, Pass On, Dream On’ (DoPoDo) and is now captured in a short, moving documentary. DoPoDo is a four-year Creative Europe-funded cooperation project addressing ageism in the dance sector and in society. 11 renowned European dance institutions – Codarts among others- are working towards a Europe where older dancers are valued for their experience and charisma, where our common European dance heritage is cherished and serves to inspire younger artists, and where older people are respected and engage in meaningful, creative activities. https://youtu.be/nTz1YSPPmsw In an interview with Dansmagazine.nl (only available in Dutch), Jordy Dik talks about this project: JORDY DIK OVER BIJZONDER DANSPROJECT MET DEMENTERENDE OUDEREN: ‘‘WE VERTELLEN HUN VERHAAL’’ Afgelopen maart heeft Codarts Rotterdam, in samenwerking met choreograaf Jordy Dik, een dansproject vormgegeven vanuit de verhalen van dementerende ouderen. Wij mochten Jordy interviewen over dit bijzondere project. Het ontstaan van het project “Ik werd gevraagd door Codarts Rotterdam om een project te bedenken waar de studenten van verschillende opleidingen zich voor in konden schrijven. Het project bestond uit vier studenten van Uitvoerend Dans, drie van Docent Dans en twee van Docent Muziek die allemaal in hun eerste jaar van de opleiding zaten. Codarts initieerde binnen dit project het idee om iets met dementerende ouderen te doen. "Die doelgroep trekt hen erg aan, zeker in deze moeilijke en soms eenzame tijden. Aangezien wij niet zoals normaal bij de ouderen op bezoek konden gaan, hebben we alternatieve manieren gezocht om de bewoners te ontmoeten.” Over Jordy Dik Jordy Dik …
Congratulations to Jazz alumna and teacher at Codarts Margriet Sjoerdsma for winning an Edison, a prestigious and the oldest Dutch music award!
We are proud to announce that Stephanie Keizer – Hulsebosch, head of our Student Life department and scientist at our professorship Performing Arts Medicine (PAM), is one of the nominees for the International Dance Educator Award 2021 which is organized by the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).
What a great show last Monday during the festive opening of the new academic year! Top talents from different disciplines have performed live in Theater Rotterdam with an audience. Check out the pictures!
Circus collective Sinking Sideways and singer Guus Bok received a Henri Winkelman Award on Monday 13 September.
Last Monday our Student Life department organized the annual screening day for new performing arts students. An important day for our new talents to check their health status. After all, good physical and mental health is important to be able to perform at a high level within the performing arts.