A place to create conditions
The course provides the support structure and organization to facilitate choreographic and interdisciplinary practice-led research, with an emphasis on the processes of praxis, or metapractice. The individual artistic practice is the point of departure of the programme and will be the guiding thread of the course design.
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.
This is realised through a commitment to a sustained dialogue for a period of two years, actually 2.5, right from the selection interviews. 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 course contains six two-week periods with seminars consisting of intensive peer review and expert supervision/feedback with a dialogic engagement.
The programme invests in maintaining a high quality exchange of questioning artistic practice and research, made possible through the small size, concentrated and intense quality of exchange. A seminar works as a ‘pressure cooker’, by creating shared mind in the room in which understandings about artistic processes can be brought to another level. Often resonating long after the two weeks are over. This resonance will most often come to expression in the written reports and essays that are produced every semester.
Participants will additionally undertake a residency as part of their research. Two public performances are required but not assessed.
- First Year students: 2x residency of 3-4 weeks
- Second Year students: 1x residency of 3 weeks, plus presentation work period in May
Through shared reading sessions a high level of critical analysis and broadening of frames of reference is stimulated. This is done both in the seminars as in monthly Skype conference calls.
The programme can rely on a high level of entrance of choreographers who have already developed specific views on art and dance, and consequently on strong collegial exchange.
At the end of the two-year course, participants present their research in a public venue in collaboration with various organisations for public debate within the field of dance.
Participants will be coached by mentors within a tight time plan for documentation of the research activities. In the final assessment the research practice of the individual artist, throughout the two-year course, and their contribution to the field, will be reviewed.
Though attendance at these events is mandatory, full-time residency in Amsterdam is not a requirement.
International field of choreography
Graduates of DAS Choreography present their work in the international field of choreography. Most continue their professional work as self employed artists, they perform and collaborate with other artists and choreographers. Their work is supported by production houses, theatres and festivals, as they have before and during their studies in Amsterdam.