17. September 2020

Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium launches IKARUS International Academy of Performing Arts

Here you find all the information about the new Academy

PART 1: General Information
PART 2: Studies Programme
PART 3: Practical information for students

PART 1: General Information

Name: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - IKARUS International Academy of Performing Arts
Address: Særkærparken 144
Postal Code: 7500 Holstebro, Denmark
CVR Nº: 28682654
Bibrancher: 854100
E-mail: ikarusacademy@odinteatret.dk


Academic authorities

Principal: Carolina Pizarro
Teachers: Carolina Pizarro, Luis Alonso and members of Ikarus Stage Arts.
Collaborators: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - Odin Teatret.
Administration: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium staff led by Barbara Manighetti
Special master classes led by traditional masters.

Academic calendar

First Year: October 2020 to June 2021 (due to the current Covid-19 situation the start have been postponed)
Second Year: September 2021 to May
Intensive Summer Courses: July- August 2021/ June- July 2022
Holiday Period: 2020: 2 weeks December / 2021: 1 week April, 2 weeks July, 2 weeks December


General description

Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium- IKARUS International Academy of Performing Arts a multidisciplinary space that offers 2 years of theatrical research program at a professional higher education level. Since it is an international academy all teaching is done in English.

In case a class is taught in a different language translation to English will be provided.

If appropiate, the credits can be validated in collaboration with the Universities. The amount of ECTS-credits will be agreed at the beginning of the course.

PART 2: Studies Programme

The academy is a research space aimed to people looking to delve into acting through a specialized learning process. The students will be immerse in the exploration of different strategies to develop scenic material, involving also a theoretical research and a constant exchange of ideas and reflections about their empirical experience throughout the creation process.

Theoretical investigation will always accompany the practical work. The aim is for the students to develop a critical point of view in order to be prepared for the professional world. Classes such as Cultural and economic management,Communication and promotion, Technical production, Theatre Laboratory Digital Archiving and Theatre Laboratory History will be part of the programme as cross-cutting themes.

All this elements will enable the creation of a space where the participants can share concerns and broaden their references in discovering their own personal research. The individual studies will be supported by the sources provided by the Library and the Archives of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium.

Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium- IKARUS International Academy of Performing Arts is 2 years full-time programme consisting of in-person classes, independent individual work, group work and performances. The Academy is opened to students coming from different countries and performing disciplines, experiences and backgrounds.


General Programme


According to the use you give to your wings, you can fly or fall to the ground,
cause a tornado or offer refuge, rekindle a fire or extinguish it.
Depending on the energy, the direction and the time-rhythm used
is the actor who decides what are the effects of his action.

- Luis Alonso


First year: The Actor's Wing

- Daily group training and creation process.
- Group performances.
- Group project in community art: Connection with local institutions. The process of the students will end with presentations as a part of a festival during 2021 and a short essay about their experience.
- Cultural and Economic management.
- Theatre Laboratory History
- Technical production
- Theatre Laboratory Digital Archiving
- Introduction to Danish language. 


Second year: Flying with the feet on the ground

- Subject of the research.
- Daily group training to develop the autonomy inside of a collective work.
- Individual project: Exploring individual training sequences that could lead to a solo performance.
- Social contribution in the community arts: Development of an artistic project in different social institutions.
- Research support
- Administration and sustainability 
- Communication and marketing  
- Cultural and Economic management applied to a specific project.



The process will finish with a group show in the city, the sharing of the student’s creative work in small format (work in progress or premiere of the show) at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium and a big barter in a social cultural center.

Theoretical work: Each student will share a short essay in relation of a research theme.

Practical Axis



The training as a bridge to creation.

- Focus on an actor’s basic training.
- Presence based on physical and vocal training, applying principles of different techniques linking traditional disciplines and theatre principles.
- Indian martial arts: Kalarippayatu and Silambatam, traditional dances from India and Brasil, work with sticksand flags, stilts and masks.
- Physical scores, repetition, codes, organicity and rhythm, discovering the difference between movement and action, and working on composition, flow, opposition, balance and energy
- Exploration of different ways of jumping, spinning and moving in space, using silence, different music, songs and texts to work with their voice.



The travel to the dramaturgy of the spectacle.

Actors dramaturgy: based on the principles of Anthropological Theatre.

- Practical sessions and creative approach to the principles of the training materials aimed to the development of a personal or group performance.
- The versatility of the score and personal training. Achieve daily training in order to build a physical practice. 

Creation of performances as a group and solo performances:

- Music for theatre and theatrical concerts
- Storytelling techniques and intimate space of the stories.
- Street theatre and parades

This axis aims to research different aspects of theatre interpretation as well as the relation between the physical level of presence and the narration. The narration will be based on the creative training and the exploration of physical and vocal materials. Thus, meanings will emerge while differentiating action versus movement in the quest of a natural but non- realistic scenic presence. The possibilities of working with a character will widen through the reinforcement of the performer awareness and the use of references during the improvisations.


Community Culture

The encouragement of the use of public spaces as a theatrical stage through different performing manifestations such as community work, barter and urban intervention techniques.

- Community Empowerment
- Barters and urban intervention techniques
- Activities in the community: Activities for children, interventions in the streets, theatrical concerts in collaboration with local institutions as libraries, museums, schools, the elderly home, the refugee centre andspecial social environment.

Examples of the main physical sequences:

Transmission of experience is important; therefore, the professional team always mentions the original source of the exercises that they are teaching.

 - Kalaripayattu. Martial art from the South of India (Lakshman Gurukkal, India). Combining sequences of kicks and animal postures, the student will discover different kinds of active energies and how to apply them in their performances.

- Vocal and physical rhythms from Devarattam, a folkloric dance from India, as learned from Karnan Kumar, India

- Ogun, Orixa warrior dance from Brazil as learned from Augusto Omolú, Brazil


Specific contents

- Balance between body/mind and emotion
- Work with the spine and going out of balance
- Focus, resistance and effort capacity
- Dialogue between the different aspects of the self
- The levels and directions of the body, space and time
- Physical scores: repetition, codification, organicity and rhythm



- Work with respiratory awareness and active relaxation.
- Dialogue with tiredness, resistance, energy, weight control, focus, breathing, balance, flow, composition and awareness of the body’s centre.
- Development of three essential capacities: patience and perseverance, effort sustainability and keeping calm and being in the present.


Theatre Laboratory History

The module will focus on the history of the laboratory theatre, from Stanislavski to Eugenio Barba. First the concept of “theatre laboratory” will be clarified and then the study will delve into the most important theories by the great theatre reformers of the twentieth century, such as the biomechanics by Meyerhold, the Übermarionette by Edward Gordon Craig and the Art as Vehicle by Jerzy Grotowski. Particular attention will also be focused on the actor's training and pedagogy.


Theatre Laboratory digital archiving

How is it possible to archive a creative process? How is it possible to archive a performance? 

Starting from the Odin Teatret Archives experience, the module will explain how to build up a theatre laboratory archive, and how it is possible to study a creative process starting from archival documents such as journals and audio-visual materials. 


Technical Production

The module will give an introduction to the technical aspects of live theater, exploring both traditional and modern approaches. Topics include the stage and its equipment, materials and construction of scenic and property items, stage design, lighting, sound design and stage management.


Administration and sustainability

This module will help develop management and financial skills, knowledge of the artistic process and sensitivity to the dynamics and educational needs of various communities, how to apply for public or private funding, crowdfunding and sustainability of independent and local cultural organization.  


Communication and promotion

An introduction to the techniques for theatre promotion in media and new media. The module provides the skills to solve communications and dissemination tasks in multilingual and multicultural contexts. The participants will become familiar with the theory and practice of planning and organizing communications material and communication and information processes for specific audiences and between different actors.


Assessment, examination and evaluation

Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium- IKARUS, International academy of performing arts is a professional academy and has the obligation to help the students to take their performing skills to a professional level.

Regular evaluation:

- Sharing in circle with the students once a week.
- 1 to 1 meetings with each student.
- The evaluation will take place each semester of the academic period.
- The student will prepare a self- evaluation and will receive an evaluation from the pedagogical staff.

All the points listed above will culminate in a final report available for the relevant authorities, the participants and Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium.

Considering all of the above it will be decided if the student can continue to the second year.


Graduation requirements

For the academy the fundamental goal is to help the creative performer to grow into an independent artist.

Upon successful completion of the two years course the students are considered graduates and a diploma will be issued.

PART 3: Practical information for students

Admission requirements and registration procedures for entrance into Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium- IKARUS, International academy of performing arts

The empowerment, autonomy and confidence of the students during the process is important in order to generate management and production strategies in the future.

  1. Aplication:
  • Complete the application form and add a recent photo
  • Motivations Letter
  • Personal insurance covering the whole period.
  • Health certificate, the students must not have physical injuries.
  • Two letters of recommendation about the applicants work in the performing arts
  • An interview with school director and teachers. (Online or face to face)
  • Note: A higher education level 12 years of school is a required background, but exceptions can be made from anevaluation of prior learning or experience (“Realkompetencevurdering”) done by the school director and administration.
  1. Confirmation and payment:

The fee for the academic year 2020-2021 is DKK 52,500. approximately 7.000€ / 8.365US.

It includes use of laboratory facilities, shared bathrooms, laundry and kitchen. As well access toWifi, Library, Video Library, Archives, common spaces, and work rooms, sewing room and construction space. It’s not included food and travels.

Learning facilities: The place is open to the students any time if not being used for other activities of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. 

(Summer intensive courses are not included in the FEE)

International program: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium- IKARUS, International academy of performing arts is an international school that enriches itself from its ethnical diversity. Applicants from all continents are very welcome.

Insurance: No personal insurance is provided by the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium.  

Student Visa: The school will provide documentation and assistance in the application process of a Visa. The students must complete and pay the fees themselves.

*The acceptation in the academy as student do not guarantee the delivery of the Student Visa. This process depends of the Danish government authorities.

Financial support for students: The school can provide an acceptation letter if the students are applying for an Erasmus programme or another scholarship in their own country.

*About cleaning tasks and food:

  • The working hours will be 24 hours a week + personal work.
  • One hour every day will be dedicated to cleaning tasks and once a week will take place a deep cleaning of the theatre laboratory facilities.
  • Respect the sleep zones. Silence time will be from 22:00 hrs. 

At Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium beside the realization of artistic work it is our commitment to take care of the domestic tasks, cleaning and cooking to bring good energy to the place, benefiting the work and the cohabitation.

Cleaning and tidying up are part of the artistic work.

Everyone is responsible of their own bedroom, as the spaces that we use.

Meals will be made in group, so we will establish a weekly fee for the food.

Cooking for others is an act of generosity and creativity. We will think of that, simple and nutritive recipes to give us energy for our daily work.  (Remember that you share in the working room in the same way in which you share food)