The underlying taught-educational program is comprised of three educational strands: Compositional Models, Discursive Practices and Art Branding.
In Compositional Models we further prepare you to understand, conceive, create, reflect upon and communicate a number of compositional and dramaturgical concepts, strategies and tactics in mixed-mode (theory and practice) registers, and situate these in relation to your own practice-led choreographic research. You further formulate, present and critically analyze/probe your initial research questions and methods. ‘Open-Form Composition’, for example, as well as more methods and practices are introduced and used as a means to think and engage with composition. Particularly with OFC, on the one hand one investigates how specifically dance improvisation and composition have been understood and ‘produced’ historically and on the other hand, one asks what ‘open’ might mean in/for choreography today (and in one’s practice). Moreover, one draws insights from a number of sources contiguous with dance, including Process Philosophy, Critical Theory, Architecture, Music and Poetry.
Discursive Practices and Reading Sessions inform your practice of thinking and writing, which we consider crucial aspects for growing awareness of the context as well as for communicating and positioning your own artistic research. You are invited to read academic and artistic texts in order to discuss and reflect on several issues, such as theory and practice, dramaturgy, practices of writing, choreography and movement. Particular focus is drawn upon critical theory and philosophy. Our aim is to offer you tools for further developing your own practice of writing during their research, both in academic and in experimental or performative contexts. Engaging with a range of writing modalities, including academic and its protocols, offers you the possibility to reflect on, communicate and argue about the relevance of your work in different contexts. Moreover, writing is very often an important dramaturgical and compositional aspect of choreography (performative, notation etc.), which we want to nourish.
Art Branding enables you to think and employ strategies and tactics that facilitate to sustain long-term research interests, appetite and outputs in an environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex and highly competitive. In Art Branding you learn to be critical about your work, its tangible and intangible forms and movements, and importantly, to become pro-active and empowered in how to communicate the work’s needs in a number of ways as for instance formulating clear and enticing vision and mission statements and conceiving and co-designing communication packages.