Professorship Performance Practice
The borders of the western classical music practice are rapidly disappearing. In many ways, the audience’s experience is sought to be intensified or have its meaning enriched by connecting the music with theatrics, other art forms, or social themes. Usually, such interventions are meant to give art music a new shine, because the aspirations of de-elitifying or even reformat classical music do not just sprout from a generous artistic social ideal as much as from the macro-cultural transition from a culture focused on meaning to one focused on experience, which has decreased the leading role of art music.
The research group performance practice (Prof Micha Hamel) resorts under the programme line Performance Practice and was started in 2016. This research group focuses on the audience in concert halls. Aim of the research is to have the field of classical music and its listening culture tune into present-day social values, in order to have a broad and inclusive audience connect to this western art form. One of the lines of research is in how far games and gamification may contribute to making the classical repertoire alluring and relevant again.
In September 2010, Codarts created a lectorate which performs research on new directional and necessary developments for the classical music practice. Its lector is Micha Hamel, composer, poet, and also performing musician, programmer, maker of music theatre, and creator of interdisciplinary projects. During the research, the lectorate worked in two ways: test set-ups of new configurations between content, performers, and audience and workshops in which new possibilities for the concert practice were sought together with students. At this point, as part of the lectorate, Micha Hamel is working on the implementation of the results of his research in the Classical Music curriculum.
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