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ADA: Accademia dell'Arte Programs in Dance, Music, and Physical Theatre
Arezzo, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/30/2019 12/04/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Areas of Study:
Dance, Italian Language & Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theatre/Drama
Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
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Accademia dell'Arte 

Choose from Physical Theater, Dance, and Music programs!


Physical Theater (fall, spring, academic year)

ADA Physical Theater
The undergraduate program in Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell’Arte offers young artists the unique opportunity of developing their creative potential through exposure to European performance trends. The curriculum offers a high level training in specific yet interrelated disciplines with the aim of providing skills and competence while encouraging experimentation and innovation. Grounded in the spirit of the Commedia dell’Arte, an extensive work in Movement and Voice, an introduction to the Philosophy of Art and Performance, and the study of the Italian Language, the program welcomes highly motivated students who pursue proficiency in actor-created theatre.

During the semester students will create collaborative devised work based on a horizontal organizational approach and present this work both in-house and locally, as assessed by the faculty. The process is meant to facilitate peer to peer exchange feeding into the empowerment of autonomous creation and the realization of an original performance.

Core Courses:
  • Commedia dell’Arte
  • Voice and Ensemble Performance
  • Movement and Body Work / Physical Preparation
  • Philosophy of Art and Performance
  • Italian Language: Beginner or Intermediate
  • Contemporary Performance Seminar
Lectures, Workshops and Intensives:
  • Voice in the Mask
  • Laban
  • Lecoq
  • Movement Composition
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Experimental Lab – voice & movement & space & improvisation
  • Leather Mask-Making
  • Butoh
  • Tarantella
  • Poetry of composition
  • Roy Hart and Fitzmaurice voice-work / master classes
  • Choreography
  • 5-day intensive study tour in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Day trip to Firenze

Dance (spring)

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Each spring semester Accademia dell’Arte offers a unique, dynamic dance program designed in partnership with Professor Karen Dearborn from Muhlenberg College and Goucher College. Working intimately with a variety of European artists, students will have the opportunity to explore various approaches in order to further develop their personal dance expression, technique and their creativity.

Students will expand their choreographic range through the creation of solo and small group pieces and will be encouraged to incorporate a range of disciplines, including song and text, into their work. They will be exposed to diverse musical and thematic materials that will challenge their choreographic skills.

  • Extended Performance Topics: Dance Performance
  • Cultural Dance Studies: Butoh and Tarantismo & Popular Dance of the Mediterranean
  • Dance Technique: Modern Dance and Ballet
  • Philosophy of Art and Performance
  • Italian Language I or II
Lectures, Workshops and Intensives:
  • Dance Theatre
  • Contact Improvisation and Feldenkrais
  • Afro-Contemporary Dance
  • 4-day intensive study tour in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Day trip to Firenze

Music (fall)

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Each fall for the past 12 years the Accademia dell’Arte in partnership with Furman University has offered a fully accredited, intensive, conservatory-style music program, “Music in Italy.”

In addition to the Italian language component offered at the Accademia, students study applied music (voice, keyboard or instrumental) in individual, weekly lessons and coaching sessions with Italian music teachers. Furman faculty members teach a music history survey course (17th through 19th century Western Music), a basic conducting class, and an interdisciplinary, experiential course, “Italian Art and Culture.” A highlight of this last course is a four-day series of excursions and lectures led by Furman Art Professor, Robert Chance that reveal the richness of Tuscany’s stunning array of visual art and architecture.

Students will also take part in performances of chamber music and solo recitals both at the Accademia and in local venues, including the historically significant “Casa del Petrarca.”  Regular concert attendance in Florence and overnight excursions to Milan and Venice give students further appreciation for the marvels of Italian life and culture, as do independent travel opportunities during a week-long fall break.

  • Music History
  • Introduction to Conducting
  • Applied Music Lessons
  • Italian Art and Culture
  • Italian Language I or II

For Gustavus Adolphus students: ADA uses semester credits. Each GAC unit = 4 semester credits. Thus, some ADA courses, which are worth 3 semester credits each, are worth 0.75 GAC units. Be sure to discuss the irregular unit totals with your advisors as you select courses.

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Arezzo, Italy

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