DAS Research is the research department of the Academy of Theatre and Dance (ATD) and carries out research into, through and for practice. It supports and supervises research into artistic, cultural and societal transitions that impact on existing working methods – and by extension on performing artists’ values, knowledge and choice-making. The research programme focusses on the research domains: Artistic research in the 3rd Cycle (THIRD), Embodied Knowledge in Theatre and Dance and Creative Producing.
Artistic research in the 3rd cycle (THIRD)
THIRD is an unique facilitating model designed as a three-year trajectory for small-scale learning cohorts of seven fellows each year. THIRD prepares theatre and dance artists for 3rd cycle research opportunities through the processes of refining their individual artistic research proposals, sharpening their national and/or international aspirations, and defining their affiliation as well as funding possibilities. The cohort environment generates collective experiment and reflection on the potential of artistic research.
Embodied Knowledge in Theatre and Dance
This research domain is aligned to the critical study about the past and the attention to maintain and disclose relevant case studies. In these case studies the focus is on the thinking and the exceptional practices of embodied knowledge which is characteristic for the transitional and performative arts.
It is crucial that greater attention is given to the documentation and archival of historical and contemporary performative practices, and that spaces are created for reflection on the embodied knowledge that underlie these practices. These activities are the primary focus of the new cross-disciplinary research group.
One of the corner stones of the BKTD research group is a conviction that theatre and dance education stand to benefit from the development of supplementary alternative narratives. By prioritising the embodied, practice-based knowledge that characterises the transitory arts of theatre and dance the BKTD research group strives to contribute to the renewal, diversification and enrichment of existing theatre-historical and dance-historical narratives.
Within this domain alternative models for organisation and production that prioritise alignment of artistic processes, social relevance, and economic and organisational practice are being researched. To offer the producer new perspectives, so that he/she has the tools to increase financial and social support, and to increase the resilience of the sector for the future.