Performing Arts, Drama and Dance in Barcelona

Key Information


Application Deadline: 31/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007129


Departure Date: 25/02/23

Return Date: 03/03/23


£500: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers, in-country travel (£35), visits (£22), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Travel will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Rosie Garton -


The opportunity is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate Performing Arts, Dance and Drama students. Students enrolled on Level 6 Performing Arts ‘International Performance Project’ are required to participate in this opportunity as a compulsory component of this module. There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

This trip offers students enrolled on the Performing Arts Level 6 module ‘International Performance Project’ (compulsory participation as per module requirements) (STRAND One)  and Level 6 and postgraduate students across Drama and Performing Arts (STRAND Two), an exciting opportunity to immerse themselves in a week of cultural visits and arts-based activities in Barcelona and the surrounding areas.

This opportunity encourages students to engage in a varied arts culture, underpinned by a rich cultural history in order to gain greater understandings of international arts practices that will influence their own study. It is also an opportunity to meet students across programmes and year groups, facilitating the possibility for future artistic collaborations.

There will be some overlaps and differences in the planned activities between STRAND One and STRAND Two. All students can access trips organised by the academic leads in Barcelona such as a theatre event, Gaudi’s Parc Guell and the Adn Galeria. Additionally, there will be trips led to neighbouring villages and towns including: The Centre of Contemporary Arts (Sitges) and the Jewish Quarter in Girona.

Strand one: International Performance Project Module

For students on the ‘International Performance Project’ module, this week’s artist residency on an international location is an essential module component. In cooperation with ERAM the University of Girona, you will engage in artistic experimentation in fields including dance, theatre, site-specific performance, digitally mediated work film, or combination of these and others.

You will spend a week as Performing Artists in residence in an international city to immerse yourselves in the culture, art, history, architecture and general goings on of a place; it’s people and location. You will undertake experimental practical and research-based tasks, led by the trip academics, the result of which will be shared every evening. The material created through these tasks will form the basis of an original performance piece, created and performed back at DMU as part of the module assessment.

Strand two: 3rd year Performing Arts, Drama and Postgraduate students

We will encourage you to examine the rich historical and contemporary politics of Barcelona. Museums such as the Barcelona History Museum document Barcelona’s fight to become an independent city maintaining their cultural identity. Barcelona is also recognised as being a pioneer state for gay rights and heralded as being a champion for sexual and gender diversity. At the Museum of Contemporary of Barcelona you will encounter films, installations, seminars and performances that will introduce you to a range of international avant-garde artists making work from the 1920’s to the present day. These curated works present a radically shifting paradigm of contemporary art whilst reflecting with the specific cultural and political reality of Barcelona.

We will provide you with a map of artistic encounters throughout the city that guide you through the streets of radical architecture and historical landmarks. You will be invited to join the students on STRAND One in discussions, a theatre trip and a trip to Parc Guell. This trip aims to provide you with an insight into a range of ways in artists engage in critical frameworks through which to think about political cultures through the arts. Through the experiential qualities of ‘being’ on an international location, you will be engaging in a ‘live’ mode of arts research that will bring different understandings of the relationships between bodies, space, place and performance practices. These experiences will directly inform your learning on some specific modules of your study at DMU.

Some of the modules that your experience on this trip may inform are:

  • Drama: DRAM3006 Live Art and Experimental Practice, DRAM3010 Research Project and DRAM 3009 Political Performance
  • Performing Arts: PERF3010/40 Research Project
  • MA Performance Practices: PERF5003 Performance Making, PERF5021 Negotiated Study
  • Other module options: AMAN 3040 Music Industry Management

The estimated total cost for flights, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Barcelona is £500. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Barcelona are to…

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and complexities of making a creative work in response to being an artist in response to being an artist in residence (STRAND one)
  • Gain a greater understanding of international arts practices and how historical narratives inform contemporary experiences of a place (STRAND one)
  • To undergo experiential location- based research as a methodology for gathering material for performance making (STRAND two)
  • To develop an understanding of international approaches towards creating politically engaged arts practices (STRAND two)
  • To cultivate an awareness of the scope to engage with decolonisation through the arts (STRAND one & two)

Cultural activities

Barcelona is renowned for its rich arts culture: live music, local celebrations, theatre and dance. The streets and buildings are a showcase of art movements, from Gothic to art nouveau and numerous landmarks, such as Sagrada Família and La Pedrera. There’s an abundance of large-scale and small independent exhibition centres, museums and galleries. By public transport, you can visit many villages along the 100km of coast and iconic landscapes and natural parks.

All students can join organised trips such as: Parc Guell, a theatre trip and various events and exhibitions. Students will have to time to independently adventure the artistic and historical narratives of the city. There will be social meetings arranged some evenings, offering a space to share findings and top tips and meet others across year groups and programmes.

Students on the ‘International Performance Project’ module will have daily creative tasks that encourages site-based learning, stemming from an attentiveness to place and body. You will experience a place and make intimate connections with your surroundings considering cultures, histories, sites and sensations. Among an itinerary of cultural visits and exchanges with the students of ERAM university, you will have time to creatively investigate the city and gather artistic material.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Spain is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Spain.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.