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From pantomime to physical comedic movement theatre up to today's Physical Theatre:


This course of studies at Folkwang University of the Arts created by Professor Günter Titt and Bettina Falckenberg in 1965 was and is until today the only national training centre for players of the Physical Theatre in Germany.


In the years 1965 - 1987 the emphasis of the training lied in the mediation of the art of the Pantomime: „The Pantomime is the endeavor and opportunity to experience once again the conflicts and dreams of our life in its physical confinement, its direct sensual and meaningful experience, isolated in play, pure and without the backdrops and props of the world, as the nucleus of our consciousness,” (Professor Günter Titt in his book „The Art of the Pantomime“). In the years 1994 - 2005 under the direction of Professor Peter Siefert the profile of the training changed toward a comedic movement theatre.


Ways of playing like Commedia dell’Arte, clown theatre, mask theatre and choric theatre were and still are substantial course contents. In the context of the Bologna-Agreement the study program was modularized. This was taken as an opportunity to initiate a process to resurvey contents and formats, which led in result to the reconception of the training. Curricular cross-linking with the courses play/direction, musical and within the framework of projects with the courses dance and music extend and deepen the teaching and the learning.


Today young theatre makers are trained to develop the ability to create own pieces (authorship). Enabling them to seek out topics, which they are keenly interested in, to grasp these conceptually, to develop these in great independence and on a high artistic level . 


Substantial means of expression still are the various narrative styles with and by the body, the movement, the gesture.


Further on the course will have to react openly and flexibly to the transitions in the theatrical artistic practice everywhere.


Prof. Thomas Stich

(translated by David Lange)


Physical Theatre



We are the students of the Artist Diploma course of studies Physical Theatre at the Folkwang university of the arts in Essen-Werden. With this website (http://www.physicaltheatre.eu) we would like to inform all people interested ones in our course of studies.


Those who are interested in studying within the range of acting and/or more specifically Physical Theatre, can get right here comprehensive information about requirements, application, registration, study process. For further questions you can get in contact with officials of our course via email: physicaltheatre(at)folkwang-uni.de


Our website is also a platform for presenting our activities and our work to broader audience. Furthermore we would like to report on anything concerning our course of studies, be it information meetings, application periods, upcoming live performances of our work. Besides that we also share video recordings of our pieces and loads of photos.


To everyone who bumps into us here we would like to give a comprehensive picture of our course of studies and our work. Everybody is cordially invited to browse through our website and read about us, or watch our videos - either here or on our YouTube channel "PhysicalTheatre@Folkwang" - or take a look at our photos.


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