Artistic practice II (BDA722)

The course builds on Artistic Practice I and has two main threads: repertory & performance work and practical studies in choreography. The aim is for the student to gain a broad understanding of different performative approaches, insight into themselves as a dance artist and to develop their own choreographic voice. Organized in modules, the course focuses on the processes and attendant skills used in the creation and performance of choreographic work.

Throughout the course the student is encouraged to develop an autonomy and independency in their learning. The course is part of a 3-year progression which prepares the student for work as a dance artist in a professional context.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


  • Rehearsal and performances, both formal and informal, of repertory and new dance works by teachers, guest artists and fellow students
  • Forming and developing a concept, an idea, and movement material for choreography
  • Compositional and improvisational elements in the creation of choreography
  • Methods, practices and aesthetics of seminal choreographers
  • Introduction to light, sound, scenography and the interaction between dance and music
  • Introduction to dance for camera
  • Culminating performance project with student choreography

Learning outcome


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • have a deepened understanding of the dancer's role as an individual and co-creator in choreographic works.
  • understand the connection between the choreographer's intention and the dancer's performative knowledge.
  • understand how bodily exploration and research are a source of choreographic material, and are central to the development of artistic expression.
  • have knowledge of the methods and practices of eminent post-modern choreographers and prominent contemporary dance artists in order to discuss and contextualize their own work.


By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

  • develop and expand their own personal movement vocabulary, bodily reflection and creative work through exploration and investigation, individually and in collaboration with other performers and choreographers.
  • use a variety of methods of improvisation in their own exploration and as part of a choreographic process.
  • use compositional tools and methods to explore and express a physical idea or concept.
  • use critical analysis and inquiry-based tools to discuss and write about choreographic process and product.

General Competence

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • use reflection, feedback and discussion to inform and develop their creative and performance work.
  • understand the possibilities that may lie in the interaction between choreographic work and scenic elements such as light, sound, dramaturgy and scenography.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Folder evaluation 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Portfolio assessment based on:
• Participation in a showing of studio work with repertory
• Participation in a minimum of 2 public performances
• 1 oral reflection assignment
• Creation and presentation of own choreographic work
• A final written assignment

Assignments in the subject are delivered in Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish are also permitted.

Coursework requirements

Attendance in all organized teaching is mandatory in accordance with the UK Faculty’s attendance regulations

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hagit Yakira

Course teacher:

Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

Course teacher:

Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

  • Practical work in a group teaching context
  • Independent work connected to choreographic processes
  • Rehearsals, showings and performances
  • Oral and written assignments
  • The subject is organized in weekly teaching activities. However, the teaching activity can entirely or partly be organized as intensive modules in periods of the academic year. The subject can also have a combination of weekly teaching and intensive modules.

Open for

Bachelor in Dance

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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