Artists who have established a professional practice, and seek possibilities for further reflection and development can increase their research skills at DAS Choreography.
The collective practice of inventing artistic research
This two-year low-residential master’s programme of the Amsterdam University of the Arts aims to contribute to the field of critical and contemporary dance practice. DAS Choreography subscribes to the view that the discipline of dance and approaches to choreography are inherently diverse and evolving. In the area of practice, dance can be seen to encompass a wide range of genres: these developments have led to new understandings of the concept of (expanded) choreography as an open cluster of tools that can be used in a generic capacity for both analysis and production. Choreographers experiment with models of production, staging formats and contribute to a broadening of the understanding of what choreography can do, they investigate new forms of self-organization, social mobilization and engagement.
The programme is designed to enable practicing artists in the international field of dance and performance to follow a two-year study programme alongside and in dialogue with their professional practice. The individual artistic practice is the point of departure of the programme and will be the guiding thread of the course design. From the very beginning each participant is asked to actively take the lead in designing ways to present the research projects and questions to colleagues. The programme will allow to develop an intensive and sustained dialogue and to work in and off a continuing artistic practice. It offers a place in the words of graduates: “to slow down the chaos”, ”to allow for being overwhelmed and not know”, “to allow time for insisting on one thing”. A place to create conditions for generating artistic practices, the collective practice of inventing modes of developing and sharing artistic research.
DAS Choreography offers a place to slow down the chaos, for insisting on one thing, to allow for being overwhelmed and to not know.
DAS Graduate School and the Academy of Theatre and Dance
Together with DAS Theatre, DAS Creative Producing and DAS Research, DAS Choreograpy is part of DAS Graduate School of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK), offering an environment where new ideas, approaches and practices can be instigated. The Graduate School is a place of change, research and development, meant to have an impact on the future of the performing arts field. DAS shares its building with other departments of the Amsterdam University of the Arts, which altogether offers 14 BA and 3 MA programmes in the field of theatre, dance and performance.