Composed Theatre Collaboratory

5th –11th July 2022 at Time of Music, Viitasaari, Finland

The Time of Music 2022 Composed Theater Collaboratory invites participants to work as polyartists in a performative space of intersecting artistic disciplines, and to create a large-scale work together. Composers, improvisers, performers, and composer-performers — as well as artists working in any media (dancers and choreographers, actors, visual artists, film makers, performance artists, spoken word poets, etc.) — are welcome. A focus of the course will be the creation of small “composed theater” works involving physical gesture and choreographed events for performing musicians.

Today’s artist practitioners often maintain a hybrid identity with roles in both the creation and interpretation of artistic content. For those participants identifying principally as content creators, they will be invited to make small works in collaboration with individual instrumentalists from the acclaimed Frankfurt-based IEMA through preliminary online meetings in advance of the course, and then in rehearsal in Finland. Those identifying more as interpreters will be invited to prepare small composed theater works in advance of the course and present them in a masterclass setting. Others may elect to participate in the course without prior preparation.

All participants will then be involved in the collaborative composition of a culminating concert-length work — or installation or circus or some other emergent modality, TBD — to be presented at the conclusion of the course. This event will combine all of the aforementioned content modules (in some combination of juxtaposition and superimposition, with newly invented transitions, in consideration of both coordination and cohabitation paradigms, and in one or more simultaneous venues) along with a video notebook the class will make of on-site films of composed theater performances throughout Viitasaari in idiosyncratic, “beautifully quotidien” locations (for example, in a forest, on a lake, in a gas station, in a supermarket, near train tracks, on a factory loading dock, in a parking garage, at a pizza restaurant, etc.).

The course is limited to ten (enthusiastic, open-minded, community-oriented, curious, experimentally-tolerant, and creative) students. The age limit for the course is 32 years (born after 1.7.1990). The course is taught in English.

Please submit the application at the latest March 20th.


Deadline 20 March 2022



March 20


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