DAS Choreography offers a study course for dance artists who seek possibilities for further re-flection and development in order to increase their research skills. The course provides the sup-port structure and pedagogy to facilitate practice-led research in the field of choreography. This is done by creating peer-platforms for developing and questioning artistic processes.
The pedagogy is designed on the basis of continuous invention of techniques for sharing and dialogue. This is provided with what students call an ‘open platform’, where encounter with peers takes place. The design of this practice of immanent criticality is fostered by stimulating non-hierarchical foundation for exchange, and acceptance of difference.
DAS Choreography aims for diverse student and staff bodies. Diversity is understood in terms of both access and inclusivity. We are aware of the need to address and make ongoing invest-ments in intersectional diversity. Within the small community of peers the diversity of orienta-tions strongly affects the collective effort and culture in the programme.
The admission procedure is designed for prospective applicants to provide insight to:
- their motivation.
- their research questions.
- the strategies and methods of their artistic research practice.
- the ways they can sustain their research within the non-residential design of the curriculum through ongoing support from funding bodies and/or professional partners.
Deadline for application: 9 November 2023.
The minimum formal criteria* for admission to DAS Choreography include:
- A bachelor's degree in dance, or related field in the arts, that meets the qualifications for choreographers as outlined by the Network Dans of Dutch dance academies in 2017. The Netwerk Dans consists of six vocational dance study programmes in the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Tilburg.
- Three years’ experience in the professional field of dance as dancemaker and/or choreographer.
*The selection committee is entitled to exempt candidates from these criteria for admis-sion if the candidate has acquired the required competences in another arts discipline, or an extensive artistic career.
Required Submission Materials
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1. Curriculum vitae showing history of dance/art education and practice.
2. Two recommendations from professional choreographers, colleagues, artists, scholars and/or teachers in the field of choreography. The recommendations should provide further insight into the field of research and the learning needs of the applicant. Recommendations may be submit-ted as audio/visual content or in written form.
3. Web-based documentation of artistic work (at least two full length registrations of works); and reviews and/or essays pertaining to previous and current work via press and/or social media.
4. Motivation and Research Plan (max 1500 words in total):
The motivation needs to address:
- Why do you want to study at this moment in your career, and what is it you want to learn?
- A motivation that includes the reasons for applying, the expectations from the pro-gramme, and a description of the choreographic practice and of the ways in which the practice is research-based.
The Research Plan presents:
- What will you be researching, and how will you design the research trajectory?
- The research that will be the point of departure for the 2-years course.
- Research propositions and questions as well as the methods and processes that they will follow for their artistic inquiry.
- The research can take different forms (live performances, videos, talks etc) and choreography can be proposed as an expanded practice.
- The plan indicates methods for research and experimentation.
- You can refer to already existing research practices, literature, potential men-tor(s) and collaborators, technical requirements, that may be relevant to your practice-led research.
- How you arrive to these choices/preferences should also be accounted for in your Research Plan.
- Show how you relate to the field of choreography and to the current times more largely.
- Include how you will sustain your research processes within the non-residential design of the program.
5. (optional) Examples of your own writing are additionally welcome; whether about your own work or the work of others.
For orientation on finding ways to write your documents:
The deadline for applications for 2024-2026 is 9th November 2023.
Please assemble your application materials into a single pdf document (maximum size 10MB), following the order outlined above (section 2. Application Materials).
When you are ready to submit your application, please do so through our online form. You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received.
Announcement of those selected for interviewing in the second round will be sent out latest by (TBD).
A selection committee will review the required materials submitted by all the applicants. From this initial group, a number of applicants will be selected to advance to the second round. These candidates will be invited to prepare a presentation of their research goals in an interview with a small committee.
Each year in October we provide an online information session for those who seek more information. This year the online information session is on (TBD). Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to attend. We hope to see you then.
It is strongly recommended, and appreciated, to seek personal contact with staff members before applying to the programme. Through prior contact, staff members will be able to supply additional information about the program, and get to know the applicant better. This will be helpful to create a good understanding of the application.
The programme is offered in English and the interview will be held in English as well. At DAS Choreography we are aware that the English language is an acquired language for most of the participants in the programme. We seek to develop practices to acknowledge the range of different access to the English language, yet embrace the English language to enable communication among people who do not share the same mother tongue.
The selection committee for the second round will comprise the artistic leader of DAS Choreography, a core staff member, a graduate and an external reviewer from the field of choreography. This committee will review and evaluate the submitted materials, and conduct and evaluate the interview process. These interviews will take place (TBD). In a group session, the candidates will be asked to speak about their past work to the committee and other applicants.
During the individual interview the applicants are asked to elaborate on the motivation to study with DAS Choreography and the proposed research plan.
In case that the candidate cannot be present live, the interview will be carried out in an online platform.
The aims of the procedure are to enable a conversation that will help the committee and the candidate to find a meeting point for the educational design of DAS Choreography and the learning needs of the candidate. The criteria below will be used to explore this question. DAS Choreography subscribes to the view that the discipline of dance and approaches to choreography are inherently diverse and evolving. DAS Choreography embraces this variety and fluidity in its vision of dance and choreography. The urgency of the artistic research practices in relation to the field of choreography and to society more largely will also be considered on the basis of social class, race, gender and ableism.
The questions in the interview probe the candidate’s ability to:
1. develop rigorous and insightful artistic research propositions and questions, that demonstrate an understanding of the complexities and layered nature of artistic practice. (Articulation of the questions)
2. articulate and problematize the functions of specific and idiosyncratic research methodologies within artistic practice. (Methodologies)
3. extend their ability to reflect upon the processes and methods of choreographic research, and the ability to communicate these reflections through the use of written and audio/visual documentation, and feedback from peers, mentors, collaborators and audience. (Reflection: Perspective on the process)
4. show a keen awareness of topical developments in the field of dance and the performing arts, contemporary arts discourse with an aptitude for communicating the relevance of their practice within this larger sphere. (Situating and contextualization)
5. integrate artistic perspectives into a specific approach to initiate and organize projects in an interdisciplinary and (inter)national work field. They apply this approach in a clear vision of how they want to collaborate in order to realize an artistic product or process. (Collaboration)
For the final selection, the committee will consider the group intersectionally, in relation to social background, race, gender and age inequalities. The Second Round Selection committee will make the final selection and the candidates will be notified on their admission status within two weeks from the interview date.
DAS Choreography does not offer scholarships or grants.
For further information concerning tuition fees, admission procedures and visa please see the section for prospective students.
Note that the institutional fee for students from outside the EEA and for students who previously obtained a Master's degree in the Netherlands will rise in the coming years, partly as a result of new legislation.
See the page on prospected costs on the website of the Amsterdam University of the Arts to achieve insight in average spending costs of living in Amsterdam.
Do consider that the non-residential program requires travel to Amsterdam (at least) four times for seminars and residencies for a period of around 16 weeks each year.
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