Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Rebekka Meyer

MA Performance Design

Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background, where and what you studied previously etc?

I completed my undergraduate degree in musicology in Copenhagen, but I still had a strong fascination for theatre and performance, from time spent studying at Performers House in Denmark. As part of my degree, I completed a semester abroad here in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, where I studied image-based performance.

During this, my interest in scenography, sound design and performance in general grew and I became fond of the School and its balance between practical and academic approaches.

When I returned to Copenhagen, I did an internship with a Danish theatre company, which gave me practical experience in creating performances. I gained knowledge in designing a site-specific performance in terms of scenography, sound design and light. This also provided me with insight into establishing a performance from an unfinished and open concept to a finished and well-notified performance.

What made you want to apply to your MA course and to Leeds?

Following my undergraduate degree, and before I applied for the MA Performance Design, I was studying MA Modern Culture and Communication in Copenhagen. I completed my first year and it gave me a great knowledge of art, culture, cultural politics and of interesting new theories and research in the area. However, I had become passionate about scenography and the design of the space, materials and sounds and I still had a desire to work more practically with, and to express my ideas through, performance and theatre which I knew I could pursue by studying the MA Performance Design.

What aspects of the course do/did you enjoy the most?

After spending my study abroad semester at the University I was very happy with the teachers and the teaching methods, it is quite ahead in terms of theatre and design. I was also fond of the international community at the University and the opportunities you get to meet and work with people from all over the world. The facilities that the School provide are new and suited to create and develop performance design, which is quite a new field that is developing fast, especially in UK.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is such a great city that has a bit of everything, there are so many things to experience such as performance, dance, music and film festivals. There is a great contemporary art gallery and a large theatre as well as small independent places. Another thing that I find really wonderful is that Leeds is surrounded by the astonishing Yorkshire dales and it is easy to take a day trip to a small village to hike and to eat scones with clotted cream and drink tea. There are also a couple of interesting cities outside Leeds such as York, Manchester and Liverpool that have a great cultural scene as well.

What do you plan to do when you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed at Leeds will help with these plans?

When I finish my Masters I plan to apply for internships with theatre companies so that I can get some more practical experience. I also wish to complete my Masters in Modern Culture and Communication in Copenhagen, to have the possibility to work more administrative with culture or culture politics at some point. I’d like to start up my own theatre company and start doing performances to develop my design skills further and to do what I love.

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