The teachers of the Department of Performing Arts – Eglė Juozapaitienė, Dalia Babilaitė-Abarė and Povilas Butkus completed their internships at the University of Girona, Spain. The main goal of the pedagogues’ visit was to establish cooperation between the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies of Vilnius College and the ERAM College of the University of Girona.
The teachers were not only warmly welcomed by the university community, but also enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the teaching methods of such prominent stage and education professionals as professor of acting Jordi Duran, professor of vocal training Agnes Monferrer Ventura and professor of musical interpretation of the stage creative project (musical) Silvia Escuder Vilatella,
These pedagogues studied, developed and shared their professional expertise at the higher performing arts schools of Barcelona (Spain), New York (USA), Berkeley (USA), so it is expected that this practice will put a special contribution to the nurturing of young Lithuanian talents and will have an impact on our joint creative projects in the future, also develop participation of both higher school students in the Erasmus+ exchange programme.
The teachers of the Department of Performing Arts and the representatives of ERAM College paid special attention when discussing the possibilities of pedagogues of both educational institutions to convey their professional knowledge to the students of Vilnius College and the University of Girona. It was very interesting for the teachers to observe the acting and stage movement art projects independently prepared by the university students.
It was fun to meet and chat with MZ21 group student Aistė Gargasaitė, who is currently studying at ERAM college following the Erasmus+ exchange programme together with Marius Galdikas, a student from the same group.
During the intensive internship, the teachers could also enjoy moments of rest. I was particularly impressed by the unique architecture of Girona. The locals call the city a treasure of medieval Spain for a reason – because of its architecture and preserved true Spanish spirit.
Such Erasmus + mobility visits allow the Department of Performing Arts to constantly improve the Musical Theatre study programme and compete not only in the Lithuanian but also in the international context. It is expected that strengthening of direct communication will create a solid foundation for the joint projects of Vilnius College and the University of Girona, as well as give the College students more opportunities to go not only to study, but also to do professional practice abroad after they finish their studies.