School and Academic Year 2020/21

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,

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 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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