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Choreography BDA783

Based on the knowledge and experience of the improvisation and composition course in the first year, students will be able to develop in-depth skills, knowledge and understanding of key elements in choreography and what characterizes the craftsman in choreographic work. Through experience and experimentation with forming a concept, an idea, and movement material for choreography, the student gains insight into herself/himself as a dance artist, and develops his own choreographic voice.  The course will be divided into three modules: The first will be a solo work to reconsider the idea of body in performance and in relation to postmodern perception of autobiography/self portrait. The second will be a small group work to consider a form of aesthetic in dance performances; getting glimpses into a few of different choreographic aesthetics\genres and different choreographers and their practice. As well a glimpse onto a number of current issues in dance. The third will be a work towards the final course presentation, which will explore the idea of process into product work, or else process as product: considering collaboration, scenography, music, dramaturgy, etc. In over all the students will be encouraged to develop an autonomy and independency in their learning process, i.e. in their creative processes, finding resources, collaborators and influences. The course ends with a student presentation - each student creates her/his own choreography.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

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Knowledge After completing the course the student should be able to: 

  • Understand the effect of body, movement, dissemination and presence in choreography.
  • Explain the method and practice of current, eminent post-modern choreographers and contemporary dance artists in order to contextualize their own work. 
  • Reflect upon one’s own investigation of the body as a source of choreographic practice; body as space, body in space, body in relations to others; time, timing and the connection to music; stage and the audience.

Skills After completing the course the student should be able to: 

  • Use choreographic and composition elements in exploring and working out from a concept. 
  • Use critical analysis and inquiry-based tools to discuss and write about choreographic process and product.
  • Use reflection, feedback and discussion to inform studio - physical - choreographic exploration/s.  
  • Reflect upon the idea of a choreographic practice and communication. 

General competence After completing the course the student should be able to: 

  • Apply in-depth individual bodily exploration and investigation into creative collaborative processes.  
  • Understand the possibilities that may lie in the interaction between choreographic work and dramaturgy, as well as scenic elements such as light, music and scenography.
  • Become aware of key topics seen in dance in the 21st century as well as a number of influential choreographs.  
  • Enforce creative and imaginative as well as critical and theoretical skills in one’s own choreographic exploration.  
  • Develop an understanding of the connection between dance and various supporting elements.
From an idea and/or a concept to a performance/choreography. Using compositional and improvisational elements to work with concepts and to form choreography. Post-modern methods and practices. Key choreographers and their aesthetics. Key contemporary issues in dance. Introduction to light, sound, scenography and the interaction between dance and music.  Creating their own larger choreography - a product. Choreograph other students: management and collaboration with dancers and other collaborators. Understanding of group dynamic.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Mappe- og utøvende vurdering 1/1 Pass - Fail

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Stine Isachsen Knudsen
Course coordinator: Ane Iselin Brogeland
Course teacher: Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen
Course teacher: Hagit Yakira
Course teacher: Siri Dybwik
Course teacher: Leslie Leith Symington
Programme coordinator: Lena Crosby Haug
Open for
Bachelor of Dance
The syllabus can be found in Leganto