WELCOME TO THE ONLINE REPOSITORY OF THE CENTRE FOR THEATRE, DANCE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES
Located in the heart of South Africa's beautiful Mother City and built on a proud tradition of excellence, the Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies (CTDPS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is committed to nurturing individual creative and academic brilliance within the context of a vibrant local and international performing arts community.
The CTDPS proposes to teach Dance and Theatre performance as modes of critical inquiry, creative expression, pedagogy and public engagement. We see performance as a public forum for contemporary ideas, allowing us to test and debate the central concerns of our time in a space that is at once critical, emotional, and collective.
Through performance training and research, we aim to produce graduates with expanded analytical, technical and imaginative capacities. As a public institution, we place diversity and inclusion at the centre of our teaching, performance-making and public programming. Our curriculum ranges from the classics to the contemporary with Africa as the central theme; it cuts across the traditional theatrical, dance and drama disciplines; it spans all corners of the globe while being cognisant of our place in Cape Town, South Africa and using the site of performance to deepen UCT’s critical education in the Humanities.
This digital showcase archive is a developing resource to house the history of the CTDPS. You can navigate this archive through its recent history, it's Heads of Departments (HODs), various productions and handbooks; to get a better understanding of the work that has been undertaken since the UCT Dance and Theatre departments' merger in 2018.