School and Academic Year 2020/21

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and healthy.

As you all know new amendments have been passed to the Infection Protection Act (Bundesinfektionsschutzgesetz – IfSG). Effective from April 23, 2021, the IfSG and its nationwide emergency brake will initially be valid until June 30, 2021. Respective rules and regulations of the IfSG are directly applicable and have to be followed (pls. see the official announcements at sachsen.de). However, for now the new IfSG does not entail any significant changes for our institution.
In order to avoid any contradictions and inconsistencies in relation to the IfSG, the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance (Sächsische Corona-Schutz-Verordnung) has been revised and will be effective as of May 10, 2021. The revised version of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance (https://www.coronavirus.sachsen.de/amtliche-bekanntmachungen.html) does not entail any changes for us as long as the 7 day– incidence will be below 165. Therefore, the rules and regulations in place remain valid. The COVID-19 Regulation on Working Conditions already in place provides for the obligation on employers to offer their staff the chance to work from home where feasible (office work and similar work) in order to minimize the risk of infections. Thus, the Palucca Administration will continue to work from home as much as possible.

In the meantime, it is of great importance that all of you continue to follow our health and safety regulations and do the obligatory testing. We would like to thank all of you – students, guests, administration, artistic and teaching faculty, secondary school and also parents – for abiding by the rules with great commitment, stamina and the necessary caution and care.
Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

PROF. JASON BEECHEY RECEIVES KEN McCARTER AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED NBS ALUMNI

Dresden, 30 April 2021 – Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) has announced Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector of Palucca University of Dance Dresden, as one of two recipi-ents of this year's Ken McCarter Award for Distinguished NBS Alumni.

The Ken McCarter Award is presented annually to NBS alumni who have made a uni-que contribution to local, national and international dance communities, creating oppor-tunities for people of all ages and experience to connect with and learn from the art form of dance. The nomination is made by other NBS alumni. Prof. Jason Beechey is a NBS graduate of 1988.

Prof. Jason Beechey receives the award for his outstanding leadership of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden during the COVID-19 pandemic and developing some first concepts and protocols which have also enabled other dance training institutions around the world to re-open successfully after initial Corona-related closures.

“It has been a challenging year to say the least, but it has been great to see how the dance world has grown even closer together and given new value and meaning to being part of a close-knit and supportive community. We are all human, we are all in this together, and the more we can learn from each other and our experiences, the ri-cher and stronger we all are“, says Prof. Jason Beechey, who has been leading the Palucca University of Dance Dresden since 2006.

In addition to Prof. Jason Beechey, the Canadian Miriam Weinstein Adams, CM, has been honoured with the Ken McCarter Award (NBS graduate of 1963) to recognise her for her outstanding contribution as a co-founder of the Dance Collection Danse – Canada's Na-tional Dance Archive and Publishing House.

Further information: Canada's National Ballet School - Alumni (nbs-enb.ca)

MA CHOREOGRAPHY ALUMNI TWO OF 22 SELECTED PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION CHOREOGRAPHY 35

Dresden, 26 April 2021 – Out of more than 400 applicants, Maria Chiara de'Nobili and Alexander Miller, two MA  choreography alumni of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, made it among the 22 participants of choreography 35 with their work MOMENTO. The international competition is Europe's most important platform for young choreographers and will take place on 2/3 July this year, for the 35th time in Hanover.

With this competition, the Ballett Gesellschaft Hannover gives young choreographers the opportunity to present their work to a jury of experts, to enjoy the advantages of professional stage technology, and to find a forum for exchange with other choreographers and the audience. The competition is open to any stylistic direction. Assessed are the creativity and the implementation of the choreographic idea. The artistic director of the competition is Gregor Zöllig, artistic director Tanztheater and chief choreographer Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Both Maria de'Nobili and Alexander Miller were able to successfully complete their master's degree in choreography at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden in 2020. Alexander Miller has since been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance teacher since his graduation, Maria de'Nobili, inter alia, as a dancer at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and HELLERAU - European Centre of the Arts.

Currently, around 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them in the two-year master's degree programme in choreography. The course of study is enrolls every two years, next time for the winter semester 2022/23.

Further information about the collaboration between Maria de’Nobili and Alexander Miller: www.millerdenobili.com

Further information about choreography 35: www.choreography-hannover.de

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and healthy!

Our current procedures with the self-testing are running well and we are very pleased to see how everyone is cooperating and how effective this is for our safety on-campus.

We are still waiting for the implementation of the new rules from Berlin in Saxony. Some rules are directly applicable, others have to be implemented into Saxonian legislation. So as soon as we have them, we will see if our activities need to be adapted or how the new rules could affect us.

For the moment, we will plan to continue next week as planned and will inform all if there are changes and how the situation will be, once we have received the information in writing.

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds all healthy and well and enjoying their Easter Break.

The “Stay in Shape” activities are running well and is a great opportunity for the BA Students to have both classes and workshops with fellow students from the MADT, MAC, Master Class, Alumni and Guests from the Semperoper Ballet too.

The new Corona rules have arrived and from Monday April 12th the rules are stricter than before Easter. There is now an obligatory twice weekly self-testing and on Campus – in all buildings, floors, hallways, staircases - wearing a medical mask or a FFP2- mask or a similar respiratory protective mask according to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulations is obligatory as well. Exemptions thereof apply to: resident students inside their own rooms, staff at their single workplace/ inside their single office as well as to musicians playing their instruments if protective movable walls are in use. Also, when people are outdoors on Campus, with a minimum of 1,5 meters distance between them. Apart from that, the respective teacher will decide according to the specific classroom / studio situation based on the specific regulations for the classrooms/studios. It is obligatory to carry a medical mask with you at all times also if the formerly mentioned exemptions apply. Furthermore, wearing a medical mask is generally recommended. FFP2 masks should not be worn while dancing, just the medical ones.

Testing for all Students will be conducted on Monday and Thursday and it will be clearly indicated on the Schedule for all classes, when this will take place. Resident students will conduct their first weekly test when they return to the Dormitory on Sunday, or if they stayed over the weekend, on Monday morning, in the Dormitory. Self-tests will be provided for all testing, but students or Employees can also bring a certified professional test certificate that is not older than 72 hours as an equivalent. Students and Employees can also bring a self-test with them if they prefer and complete the testing under supervision on Campus. For all Employees, there will no longer be a Corona Test Center with fixed and limited hours, but tests can be picked up at the Concierge and the manner for testing, reporting and controlling, will be communicated directly to all in a separate E-mail. We would here like to express our sincere thanks to the Employees who volunteered to run our Test Center in the weeks prior to Easter!

As previously, people exempt from wearing a mask for documented medical reasons continues and for any new cases, please contact the Crisis Management Team to ensure all is clearly documented. We hope these increased safety measures will enable us to continue our on-Campus activities in the coming weeks and we thank all in advance for your cooperation.

The Digital Dance Easter Workshop is online until April 11th, so if you haven’t had a chance to watch it and vote yet, we would highly recommend to have a look! Great creative works to be seen and the winners will be announced online on April 16th. Looking forward to welcoming all back on Monday!

Stay safe and healthy,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

 

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all well and enjoying the first week of your Easter Holidays. The „Stay-in-Shape" activities went very well this week and it was nice to see the MA Choreography / Master Class students working with the BA Dance students on various creative research ideas and projects.

For the coming week, from April 6th – 9th, under the new Corona Regulations, there is obligatory testing for all persons involved in the “Stay in Shape” to be done at the beginning of the week, on Monday April 6th. This includes all students, teachers and musicians. The self-testing will be done in the studios 15 minutes before the first class of the day for each group. If someone doesn’t wish to do a self-test, they are not allowed to participate.

All other on-campus personnel not directly involved in the “Stay in Shape”, the testing for the week of April 6th – 9th remains voluntary. The Corona Test Center will only be open on Monday April 6th between 12:00 – 14:00 next week, as during this week, the Secondary School is on holidays, so the testing is not obligatory. The rules for the period from April 12th onwards, when our regular activities resume, will follow next week.

As a reminder, in case a self-test is positive, the concerned person must immediately leave the campus and do a PCR-test at a doctor’s office or in a test center. The self-testing done on-campus is exclusively for people without symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19. The rules for the wearing of masks, in the week of April 6th – 9th, remain unchanged.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy long Easter weekend – and enjoy the Digital Dance Easter Workshop (internal only!)! The video with all submissions will go online on Easter Sunday, April 4th at 10:00, and the voting will be open until Sunday, April 11th at 18:00. The link and voting are for Palucca students, employees and the Board of the Friends Association who are sponsoring the prizes, only. The PDF with the link and voting ballot will only been sent to the registered emails of the current students and/or their families/legal guardians and the Board of the Friends Association.

Happy Easter to all!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rektor
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Kanzlerin
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Schulleiter Oberschule
Jörg Schotte, Arbeitsschutzbeauftragter

 

CHOREOGRAPHY STUDENT YUEXUAN GUI ONE OF JUST FIVE INTERNATIONAL YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHES TO RECEIVE INVITATION TO THIS YEAR'S BIENNALE DANZA IN VENICE

As part of the prestigious College of the Biennial Danza, Yuexuan Gui, who is studying in the first year of the two-year MA Choreography programme, will be given the opportunity to develop her own choreographic work, which will be presented during the festival. The process will be personally accompanied by world-renowned choreographer and artistic director of the festival Wayne McGregor as a mentor. She will also have the opportunity to participate in the artistic vision of Wayne McGregor and choreographer and dancer Crystal Pite over a period of almost three months.

After Maria Chiara de'Nobili in 2018 and 2019, Yuexuan Gui is the second MA Choreography student at Palucca University of Dance Dresden to receive an invitation to the Biennale Danza in Venice.

The Biennale Danza will take place from 23 July to 1 August 2021. Further information: https://www.labiennale.org/en/dance/2021

Currently, about 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them in the two-year MA Choreography programme.

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you all healthy and well.

Just a short newsletter at the end of this week with some information on next week’s testing:
For the Secondary School, the obligatory testing will continue for next week (March 22-26, 2021) the way it has been done and organized this week. For the Palucca Dormitory nothing will change either: Resident students can only return to the Dormitory with a negative self-test. The self-test can be done in the Dormitory. All other Secondary School students will do a self-test on Monday, March 22nd, 2021.

The testing for all BA & MA students and further University staff with on-campus activities remains on a weekly and voluntary basis.

The Test Center will now be open during the following hours:
• March 22nd -26th, 2021: daily noon/12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• March 29th & April 6th, 2021: noon/12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Please take note of the following:
The offer of an on-campus self-test is only for asymptomatic persons. If anyone has any symptoms that could be related to Corona, they are not allowed on the campus.

Our two-week Easter holidays start on Friday, March 26th at 1:30 p.m., and as a reminder, the Dormitory remains open during the two weeks and the stay -in-shape classes for the BA students are being organized. The schedule will be communicated early next week.

The current Corona rules in place for Saxony are valid until March 31st, 2021. During the first week of April, we will be informing all of how our activities will be, starting from Monday, April 12th, 2021.

We wish all a happy and healthy Easter holiday! Our online Digital Dance Easter Workshop will go live on April 4th, 2021 – enjoy and be sure to vote for your favorites!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you and yours all healthy. It has been great to welcome back the O1 – N3 and MAC students back on-campus this week for the first time since over three months!

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, there will be an obligatory weekly Corona test for all O1 – N4 students and Secondary School teachers. Testing (once a week) will be done in class. Alternatively, students and teachers of the Secondary School can give signed proof of a negative test result from professional testers/test centers, or present a negative self-test to the responsible teacher/person. Everybody not complying with the obligatory testing will be denied access to the Palucca Campus. A consent form signed by the parents or legal guardians is necessary and must be provided and turned in.

For all BA & MA students and all further employees being involved in on-campus activities, testing is not yet obligatory as we have not yet received the quantity of necessary tests. However, starting Wednesday, March 17, 2021 we will offer a voluntary test once a week. The testing will be offered on-campus in our test center in the Villa 78, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Access to test centre via veranda/terrace of Villa 78.

Here are two examples of how the self-testing is done:
Antigen-Selbsttests für Schülerinnen und Schüler – Anleitungsvideo LEPU-Medical-Selbsttest - YouTube
LEPU Medical Antigen Selbsttest - YouTube

The exact manner can vary slightly according to the tests, but we are putting everything in place to ensure that all is done as clearly as possible to further ensure the health and safety of all.

There is still one week left to send in your films for our second “Digital Dance” Easter Workshop – very curious to see, once again, all your creativity expressed through film!

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and well.

Our online activities continue and it is great having the N4 and BAT 3 back in the studios for their exam preparations. The exam preparations will continue in dance, for these two classes, over the one-week Winter Holidays, and all other classes will have a break from the online activities.

With the current rules in place until Sunday, February 14th our activities will resume as of Monday, February 8th exactly like this week, with just the N4 and BAT 3 on-campus. We will find out during early February how the situation will look from Monday, February 15th onwards, and we hope to welcome back more classes to on-campus activities from then - including above all our students of the MA Dance Teacher Programme and MA Choreography Programme.

Under these new rules, the heightened mask obligations remain, and even though an FFP2 mask is not obligatory, we will be making one FFP2 mask per week available for the teachers and musicians as an extra measure to wear during their studio time. With all other employees, with specific requirements in terms of their on-campus activities (caretaker, Dormitory supervisors), we will communicate directly.

The families of those students that are not able to return to the Dormitory yet, will receive a refund of the Dormitory fees. The exact means in which this will be done will be communicated by our Financial Departmen directly.

As this pandemic continues, we would like to thank you all for your continued support and understanding. Knowing how complicated it is to juggle working from home, home schooling and the challenges for our students of not being able to be in the studios, perform or socialize freely with their classmates – it is really great to see how everyone is doing their best to find solutions and not lose faith. We will get past this pandemic and find ourselves once again able to enjoy a more normal situation. A big thank you to all concerned!

We wish all a good week of classes. Enjoy the winter break and please take all the necessary precautions when traveling. As soon as we are back, more info will follow; and then we will hopefully also be able to let you know all the information about the second edition of our digital Dance Easter Workshop!


Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these times.

So, good news – we are able to welcome back on-campus all students registered in on-campus programmes, in a very reduced manner, starting on Monday, March 15th. There are new rules in place for our activities, including an obligatory Corona test, and this is how we will be able to proceed for the two-week period of March 15th–26th, leading up to our Easter Break.

On-Campus Activities
As all classes from O1 – N3 have less than 16 students per class, so they are allowed to return and follow their full, normal programme, including dance classes. Each class will have an assigned classroom, assigned seating and staggered lunch-breaks will be organized.

• N4 continues with their current level of activities.
• BA Dance I & II, will be allowed on campus for a daily ballet and contemporary class in two groups. The remainder of their activities will remain online.
• BA Dance III will continue with their current level of activities.
• MADT, all activities remain online.
• MAC, reduced on-campus activities will be allowed to resume.

Quick tests/ Self-testing
At this moment and despite huge efforts from all sides, we cannot forward a date when the University and the Secondary School will have enough test kits to offer quick tests and to do the obligatory testing. We are organizing everything accordingly, so that we are able to start without delays. We hereby ask for your understanding. As of now, there will be an offer for the classes N1, N2 and N3 to do a voluntary test (PoC) on Monday, March 13th, 2021.

Medical & FFP2 Masks On-Campus
The current policy of wearing medical masks/ FFP2 masks at all times remains. The only exceptions are when a resident student is in their dormitory room, when an employee is using their office alone, or when a musician is seated at the piano behind the plexiglass walls.

Medical Masks in Dance Classes and the Secondary School
With the permission of the teacher and when a distance of 1.5 meters minimum is maintained, the teacher is allowed to give the permission to participate in the dance and academic classes without wearing a mask. At the end of the class, the teacher must ensure that all students put their mask back on before leaving the classroom/studio. This applies to all on-campus dance and academic classes.

Dormitory
Students are only allowed access to the Dormitory upon presentation of a negative Corona test that is less than 48 hours old at the moment of their entry into the Dormitory. Alternatively, they can bring a self-test with them and do the self-test locally under the supervision of a Dormitory Supervisor. The Dormitory capacity and rules remain as current: only students whose parents or guardians live in Germany and are either in the O- and N-classes, or have been in the Dormitory since the beginning of the pandemic.

Activities During the Easter Holiday
The Easter Holidays begin on Saturday, March 27th and go until Sunday, April 11th. All classes for the O-, N- & BA Dance classes end on Friday, March 26th and resume on Monday, April 12th.

During the two weeks of Holidays, the Dormitory will remain open. On-campus activities will be allowed for the MAC Programme and exam preparations for the BA Dance III class who will begin preparing their BA Dance works.

A “stay in shape” daily dance training will be on offer for BA Dance students and a list will shortly be put up on the notice board, so that the students can register to participate. This will be on March 29th, 30th & 31st and April 6th – 9th.

The campus will be closed on Thursday, April 1st and will re-open for these activities on Tuesday, April 6th. Over these four days, noone will be allowed access to the Campus.

Details of the Palucca Corona Test Center will be communicated directly to all and with the specific details for the various grouping of employees.

As complicated as this all sounds, we are very pleased to offer such a high level of safety to all and also to welcome back all students with on-campus activities.

For all questions, please contact the Class Leaders, Dormitory Supervisors or the Crisis Management Team, and we will do our best to provide as clear and transparent information as possible.

Stay safe and healthy!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – we hope this finds you and yours all well and coping in these times.

The Lockdown will be extended until March 28th, but there are some relaxations and changes for Saxony as of Monday, March 15th.

What we know today is that as of Monday, March 15th reduced on-campus activities will resume for O1–N3. As to the exact schedule and content, this will be clarified and communicated early next week.

Resident students from O1–N3 who live in Germany will be allowed to return to the Dormitory as of Sunday, March 14th. However, due to the reduced capacity, no further BA Dance students will be allowed to return to the Dormitory at this time nor students who come from outside of Germany. Exact details will follow next week and will be communicated directly to the families concerned. We very much look forward to welcoming back our O1–N3 students in just over one week!

Jumping topics, unfortunately, due to technical issues, our virtual Semester Opening this week didn’t work. So – we hope the rescheduled one for Monday, March 8th, 17:30–18:30, on Zoom, will work! The Zoom link will be communicated internally to all employees and will be forwarded by the class leaders to all students.

You should be able to enter the virtual Semester Opening on Zoon via copying & pasting the link into your browser. You don’t need to open a Zoom account, you can simply enter the meeting through this link and if there is a request for a meeting ID and/or pa, please check the info internally communicated to staff and students. We hope this time it will work!

Looking forward to seeing all then. Stay healthy and take care.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these times.

Unfortunately, it looks like the current Lockdown will be yet again, further extended, but the exact information will follow as soon as we receive it.

In the meantime – just a short newsletter to invite all to our Virtual Semester Opening. This will take place today, 3rd March from 17:30 – 18:30 in a Live Streaming Room on DFNconf.

Here is the link to join: https://www.conf.dfn.de/stream/nr5om77eg2xtq 

It will be a moment to celebrate the achievements of several of our MA Dance Teacher and Choreography students who have completed their MA degrees in the past semester and also to acknowledge the on-going courage, motivation and support of all of our extended Palucca family during these challenging times.

With the individual sessions going on for our BAT 1, 2 & 3 as well as our N4 students on-campus, a separate time will be found for these classes and the faculty members who are not able to attend the live streaming tomorrow.

As our programmes are a mix of both German and English language programmes, the Live Stream will reflect this and be in a mix of both languages.

We hope this finds you all well and we look forward to sharing the Semester Opening with you. A further newsletter will follow as soon as we have more information on the coming weeks.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

 

INTERNATIONALLY AWARDED MA CHOREOGRAPHY STUDENT COMBINES VISUAL CREATIVITY OF PRODUCT DESIGN WITH DANCE

For Brian Scalini, who is studying in the first year of the two-year MA Choreography programme at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, 2020 was a very successful year. Not only was he able to present his choreographies at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, the Gdanski Festival Tanca in Danzig, the Istanbul Fringe Festival, the 25MASDANZA Choreography Contest in Gran Canaria and the Machol Shalem Dance House in Jerusalem, but he also received the "Special Mention" of the jury at the SOLOCOREOGRAFICO Solo Dance Festival Frankfurt! And it looks like 2021 will be an equally successful year for Brian Scalini who, thus far, has received eight invitations to present his choreographies, namely at the Tanzwoche Dresden, The Black Box International Dance Festival (Bulgaria), the Blois Dance Festival (France), the Solo Contemporary Dance Festival Ankara (Turkey), the Oklahoma Dance Festival (USA), the Body-Radical International Performing Arts Biennal Budapest (Hungary), the Bergen Fringe Festival (Norway) and the Quinzena De Danca De Almeda (Portugal).

"Cocoon" – which is part of the dance trilogy "Working Wounded“ and whose creation was inspired by childhood traumata of the dancers and their influence on their adult lives – has been Brian Scalinis most successful choregraphy to date. However, looking at Brian Scalinis success, one would not assume that his career path as a ballet dancer and choregrapher has been rather unusal. After ten years of ballroom dance, he did not start taking ballet classes until the age of 20. He really enjoyed it and wanted to learn and improve quickly. He took all the ballet classes available at his local ballet academy, even if this meant dancing with the smallest dancers. At the same time, he started his degree in product design at the Unversity of Bologna, the successful completion of which in 2016 brought him to a crossroads in his life, as he had to decide which path to take: that of a dancer or as a product designer.

Brian Scalini decided on the first path, and after a few auditions he landed a job as a dancer at the Landesbühne Sachsen in 2017 which brought him to choreography through an initiative for young choreographers. Since 2018, he has been creating his own choreographies. He has realised that he does not have to decide between dance and product design. Working as a choreographer enables him to combine both dance and his visual creativity as a product designer whereby the choreography is the product: the use of bodies, shapes, costumes and scenoraphy to create, "package" and market the choregraphy, i.e. the product.

To give his work as a choreographer a solid basis and to find his own identity and signature, Brian Scalini started the MA Choreography at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden in 2020. A career as a dancer is not compulsory for this master programme. Applicants are not excluded from studying the MA Choregraphy on the basis of a "non-formative" body. Instead, a special artistic talent, including the job-specific facilities and skills are the most important criteria for admission to this programme. Students can enrol in the MA Choreography programme every two years; the next intake is in the winter semester of 2022/23.

Currenty, ca. 190 students are studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, six of them are enrolled in the MA Choreography.

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds all healthy and well. As mentioned in our previous newsletter, we have more news about our activities for next week.

Under the new Saxon Corona Guidelines, we must keep our activities on the same level as currently and all classes for O1 – N3 remain online for the coming two weeks. We are also not allowed to accept any further students back into the Dormitory at this time.

Additionally, starting on Monday, February 22nd and running until Friday, March 5th, we are able to offer on a voluntary basis “individual coaching” for the BAT 1 and BAT 2 students on-campus as well as studio time for self-study for the MAC students.

The individual coaching sessions will comprise a 60-minute KLT barre and center practice, followed by a 60-minute combination of ZT/MT, Improvisation, Yoga or Pilates. The coaching sessions will be organised by offering each individual a studio space from 25 – 50 square meters, and the sessions will be conducted under the supervision of a teacher.

To keep the numbers of people on-campus to an absolute minimum, a strict adherence to only entering the campus a maximum of 30 minutes before the coaching and leaving promptly thereafter is mandatory. All activities will be staggered throughout the day, with the studio time for the MAC students being offered in the evening. The majority of the coaching sessions will be done using recorded music and absolutely no use of the other on-campus facilities is permitted.

For students who are not in Dresden or would prefer to remain training online, a daily online ballet and contemporary class will continue to be offered.

We are very pleased to be able to offer this chance to our BA Dance I & II students for the coming two weeks. For any questions or feedback, please contact your Class Leader directly. No changing of entrance times or studios are allowed.

We hope the information for our Easter Digital Dance Workshop has arrived well that this has inspired many of you to begin to create new works for this years’ mini-online film festival!

Also, we will be having a “Virtual Online Summer Semester Opening” which will take place through DFNconf on March 3rd from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Details will follow in our coming newsletter.

Until then, stay healthy and take care!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and well.

A very short newsletter as a longer one will follow later in the week. The new Corona Rules for Saxony were published this weekend and we are seeing now how to further adapt our activities from next week. Information will follow on Friday. In the meantime, we hope all is continuing to go well with the online classes and exam preparations in the studios for the N4 and BAT 3.

We are happy to announce today the second edition of our Easter Digital Dance Workshop! Open for all students, you will find attached here all the information in both German and English. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of your creativity on the screen over the Easter Weekend!

Stay safe and healthy.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team
Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you all healthy, well and coping in these times. We hope all enjoyed their winter break and many took advantage of the on-going exam preparations for the N4 and BAT 3 as well as intensive online workshops for the MAC and MA DT students.

The Lockdown will now be extended until the 7th of March, and although we are still waiting to receive the official implementation for Saxony, it doesn’t look like we can expect any changes to our current situation. This means, all classes will continue to be delivered online, except for the exam preparations for the N4 and BAT 3, until 7th March. Shall any chances be announced this weekend, we will inform all of you as quickly as possible.

The report cards from the Secondary School have been sent yesterday and the explanations as to how we will do our semester feedback to all students and families about the dance subjects has also been communicated to all students of the BA Dance classes and to all parents and legal guardians of our O- & N-class students. We are in the process of organising our next Parent’s Day, which will take place in a virtual format, with the possibility to talk with the teachers both in a group and individually. More information will follow shortly.

The administrative staff continues working from home, and for those interested in a “behind the scenes” look at how we are managing our online activities, here is a link to a short documentary online in both a German and English version:

German: https://vimeo.com/509714277 
English: https://vimeo.com/palucca 

As the Lockdown continues, we must applaud all for seeing their continued motivation, progress and dedication. Hoping to further fuel and inspire, the information will follow next week for the second edition of our “Easter Digital Dance Workshop”. All students are eligible to create and send in short dance films until the 22nd of March, and there will be an online premiere over the Easter weekend with many prizes to be awarded. All can vote like last year too – so go for it! Looking forward to see all your creativity expressed through film.

For all parents of the O- & N-classes, our Body Awareness Coach has sent out information – and now it is your chance to participate actively in online fitness classes with Mr. Matthew Squire! As a way to share our joy in dance and movement, we hope this can provide a moment to experience an online workout yourselves. The participation is limited to 23 persons per class, on a first come, first serve basis. Enjoy!

We wish all to stay safe, healthy and warm in these times.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

DIGITAL TEACHING AT THE PALUCCA UNIVERSITY OF DANCE DRESDEN DURING THE CORONA-PANDEMIC

Digital teaching poses a particular challenge, especially for art and music colleges and universities, as it is not only theory that is taught. Of the 189 students currently studying at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, only the 14 students in the final year of the integrated secondary school and the 18 students in the final year of the three-year BA Dance programme are being taught face-to-face in the classroom. All other students, including those studying the master programmes Dance Teacher and Choreography are taught exclusively digitally.

In order to continue to adequately teach all students who cannot take part in classroom teaching, the University uses a variety of methods and techniques of digital teaching. Thus, all theory and practice lessons take place using DFNconf, the conference service of the Deutsches Forschungsnetz. The students are connected to the teachers and lecturers in the classrooms and dance studios via monitors, laptops and conference calls. Up to 69 students can be connected from one of the dance studios at the same time. In addition, interactive whiteboards are used in theory lessons, with which all classrooms of the secondary school are equipped.

However, the "digital university of dance" reaches its limits in the admission procedures, for which the dancers of tomorrow have to come to the university in person. Until 26 March 2021, the parents of final-year primary school students can apply for their child to participate in the admission procedure for grade 5 of the orientation level at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden – Secondary School.

A video on „Digital Teaching During the Corona-Pandemic“ at the Palucca University of Dance can be found on our Vimeo channel: vimeo.com/509709438

 

In the Dormitory of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The concerned student is in an isolation room on a separate floor. The student has no symptoms and is doing well. There is one further student who has been deemed to be a K1 Contact person and this student has also been placed in an isolation room. After a thorough investigation, there are no other students or Staff who are K1 Contact persons. A Covid Test is planned for all current 7 Resident students on Monday January 18th 2021. Students will only return to presence classes following a negative PCR Test.

The Dormitory remains in isolation and no one, except the working Dormitory Matrons, are allowed inside. No further resident students will be allowed to return to the Dormitory at this time and the Crisis Management Team has placed the following measures into effect:

  • All classes, both Dance and Academic for the N4 will remain online until and including Wednesday January 20th 2021.
  • All N4 students have the chance to have a PoC-Test on Monday January 18th. The participation is voluntary but is urgently recommended. The N4 will be informed by the Class Leader, Frau Schneider about how this will be organized.
  • The on-Campus Activities of the BAT 3 (none of whom live in the Dormitory) remain unchanged and will start on Monday, January 18th as planned.

The Crisis Management Team is in permanent contact with the Dormitory and the Health Au-thorities of the city of Dresden and we will do our best to keep all as informed and up to date about the situation as quickly and regularly as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Dear All,

Hello and we hope this finds you all healthy and well.

Our online activities continue and we are looking forward to welcoming back our N4 and BAT 3 on Campus starting on Monday, January 18th 2021, with their exam preparations.

To ensure the health and safety of all, we have heightened Hygiene Rules in place, which you will find attached (Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules as January 18, 2021).

The wearing of a mask on Campus is now obligatory in all classes, both Academics and Dance, as well as everywhere on the Campus, by all persons at all times. The only exceptions are when a resident student is inside their own room, when a staff member of the Administration is in their individual office or when a musician is seated at the piano behind the newly installed protective movable walls.

Extra precautions have also been taken for all returning resident students and students returning from outside Germany in high-risk areas and these have been communicated directly to all.
The numbers are still very high and it is only through such increased safety measures and the cooperation of all that we can continue to do the utmost to protect and keep all healthy and safe.

Please read the attached new Hygiene Rules (Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules as January 18, 2021) carefully and please ask us if anything is unclear. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

>>> Rules of Conduct – Protection and Safety Rules Secondary School (Oberschule) and Palucca University of Dance Dresden as of January 18, 2021

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

Hello – and Happy New Year! We hope this finds everyone and their families in good health and despite all the restrictions, that all were able to still enjoy the Holiday Season. May 2021 bring us all a return to a more stable and normal situation.

The Lockdown has been extended until the 31st of January. However, we are still waiting for the complete information on the exact terms and conditions. We will hopefully have the complete information by Friday this week.

What we do know at this point, is that the Secondary School is online for all academic classes and for the O1 – N3, this will continue until the end of January. The N4 will be allowed to return to classes on Campus, as of Monday the 18th of January for their Academics.

For all N4 resident students (including guests), who are returning from a high-risk country, they will be allowed to enter the Dormitory on Sunday January 10th, but only with proof of a negative Corona test that is not more than 48 hours old. They must also complete the online registration form from the Health Authorities prior to entering Germany (www.einreiseanmeldung.de). These students will be able to do their quarantine in the Dormitory. The quarantine is for 10 days, but a Corona test can be done after 5 days and when negative, the quarantine is lifted. This will enable these students to start classes on Monday January 18th.

For all returning N4 resident students (including guests) from countries not declared as high-risk countries and from inside Germany, they will be allowed to enter the Dormitory on Friday, January 15th, but only upon presentation of a negative Corona test, that is not more than 48 hours old. These students will be kept in an isolated room for 48 hours over the weekend to ensure that there are no symptoms that could be associated with Corona and then, they will be able to start the on-Campus classes on Monday January 18th.

We request all returning N4 resident students, that they don’t travel home on the weekend of January 23rd & 24th to avoid any unnecessary travel inside these two weeks of on-Campus classes before the Winter Holiday.

For all other classes (O1 – N3, BAT, MADT, MAC), we are waiting for information, hopefully by Friday of this week, to know if any on-Campus activities will be allowed during the Lockdown extension and we will inform all with a new newsletter as soon as we know more.

We also know at this point, that the Winter Holidays have been moved forward and shortened. We will now finish after classes on Friday January 29th and resume classes on Monday February 8th. The plan and hope are that more classes will be allowed to return on-Campus then, but this decision will be made only in the last week of January. The Easter Holidays have been extended to make up for the lost holiday week in February and our new Easter Holidays will start after classes end on Friday March 26th and resume on Monday April 12th.

For all Students, please check your emails regularly (at least once a day) and stay in close contact with your Class Leader to be sure you receive all the information that is being sent. The Class Leaders are available to answer any questions and to ensure the online activities are running smoothly.

We all know how frustrating this extended Lockdown is, but with the situation of the pandemic in Saxony on a very critical level, these measures are necessary to get the pandemic under control and we thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Jumping to a different topic – our new website is online! The internal username and password have been sent by the Class Leaders to all and we hope you are finding the updated website more user friendly. It is also barrier free, should it should work well from smartphones and other devices.

Please take all of your precautions, stay safe, keep your distances and more information will follow shortly.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and adapting to the new Lockdown, which started yesterday in Saxony and will be in place for all of Germany as of Wednesday. Unfortunately, under the new rules, all “on Campus” activities are suspended and all of our activities will be exclusively online until the 10th of January 2021. The Secondary School is via “LernSax”, the MA Programmes through “OPAL” and we are currently organizing online dance classes to start as of Monday January 4th for all O, N & BA Classes. The current Lockdown is in place until January 10th and we will hear in the first week of January if this will be extended or if “on Campus” activities will be allowed to resume as of Monday January 11th .

The re-opening of our Dormitory in 2021 will be done in phases. For students returning from outside Germany, we will allow them to return to the Dormitory from 12:00 on Sunday January 3 rd 2021. Only these students will be allowed to return then. For students coming from Highrisk Countries who need to do Quarantine, we will be placing them in isolated rooms until their Quarantine is completed. The current regulations allow a corona test after 5 days of Quarantine and if negative, then the student would be allowed to join the “on Campus” activities which will hopefully resume on January 11th .

For all returning resident students from inside Germany, the information as to when they can return will be communicated on Wednesday January 6th 2021. The Dormitory will be in touch with all resident students and their families directly.

For all resident students, we must insist, that only students who appear to be completely healthy and symptom free, are allowed to return. We thank you in advance for your patience, cooperation and understanding.

The situation with Corona in Saxony and Germany is currently very critical and hopefully such measures will prove effective to bring the pandemic under control and to ensure the health and safety of all. We will do our best to keep all informed of how the situation evolves. Also, in the name of the Crisis Management Team, please let us take this opportunity to wish everyone, a very healthy and safe Holiday Season and best wishes for a more stable 2021!

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Officer

Dear All,

We hope this finds you and yours all healthy and coping in these challenging times.The situation continues to evolve very rapidly and a much stronger Lockdown is set to begin on Monday for Saxony. The exact conditions of the Lockdown will only be passed in the Parliament of Saxony on Friday and we will receive the official information in writing over the weekend. However, we have already made the following decisions today in our Crisis Management Team to enable all to plan for the coming weeks.

•As of Monday December 14thall classes and activities on Campus will be suspended. This will remain in effect until Monday January 4thfor the BA and MA Programmes and until Monday January 11thfor the O & N Classes.

•The activities of the Secondary School O1 –N4 will continue online until Friday December 18thand resume online, on Monday January 4th.

•We are in direct contact with all our resident Students and their families to ensure the necessary supervision can be provided until all students are able to travel homethis weekend or early next week. The Dormitory is planned to re-open on Sunday January 3rd2021 for the resident BA Students and Sunday the 9thof January for the resident O & N Classes.

•The Administrative Staff will be working from Home Office as of Monday December 14thexcept for Employees whos’roles can only be doneon Campus.Details will be announced in due course.

•At the present time, with the draft version of the legislation we have received, the BA and MA Programmescould resume on Campus, as of Monday January 4thand the O & N as of Monday January 11th, but all is subject to approval in the Parliament this Fridayand then also according to how the situation with the pandemic evolves.

We hope that with the decisions that we have made today, this will enable all to plan accordingly for the coming 4-weeks. As always, we do our utmost to keep all as best informed and as earlypossible.Please check your emails and our Website on a regular basis for the latest information and updates. Please take all precautions necessary for all travels and to ensure the health and safety of all.

Best regards,

Your Crisis Management Team

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector
Dr. Claudia Schlüter, Chancellor
OSR Bernd Hähnel, Secondary School Rector
Jörg Schotte, Health & Safety Office

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