The BA programme in Dance and Choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (DASPA) aims at graduating highly accomplished artists by developing and deepening each student’s singular awareness of the artistic, technical, and critical perspectives of dance and choreography.
Engaging in the question of bodily capacities, functionalities, and expressions, through an artistic practice, is understood as a way to leave presumed oppositions between body and mind, theory and practice, thinking and doing.
The goal is to graduate students that are able to engage in a large array of artistic works both in groups and individually, departing from a perception of body and space and critical awareness. The graduate shall have the possibility to engage in the professional field, as a creative artist be it as a performer in someone else’s work or to produce their own work alone or collectively.
THE CONTENT OF THE PROGRAMME
The two main subjects are dance and choreography. The two subjects are not understood as separate identities of dancer or choreographer, but as two entangled subjects that are studied in relation to each other.
The subject of dance approaches a large range of techniques under the umbrella of the craft modules called Dance Body Movement. The combination of different approaches to dance, body and movement may include contemporary techniques, somatic practices, improvisation, ballet and martial arts. The goal is to prepare the students to apply their bodily awareness to all sorts of physical practices by developing an understanding of technique as something that one develops as one learns how to work. As a student, this work is to learn how to learn, with the body as a fundament.
The subject of Choreography focuses on composition, crafting own works and the contextual sides of an expanded notion of choreography that investigates choreographic perspectives beyond dance, yet based on the embodied knowledge of movement.
FACULTY AND GUEST TEACHERS
In order to develop a familiarity with the professional field today, the students will meet present and prominent artists working in Denmark, Europe and around the world.
The in-house faculty consists of Malin Astner, Quim Bigas, Tiziana Fracchiolla, Jennifer Lacey and Rasmus Ölme. Regular guest teachers from the recent years include for example Jan Burkhardt, Erik Eriksson, Libby Farr, Shai Faran, Anna Grip and Malcolm Manning.
The programme also invites guests that come for a unique event and examples of such guests from the recent years are Jefta van Dinther, Lisa Nyberg, Alessio Castellacci, Martin Kilvady and Gabriel Schenker. In addition, the school invites internationally renowned choreographers and practitioners to work with the students in publicly performed works. Examples from recent years are Liz Kinoshita, Tilman O’Donnell & Cyril Baldy, Eleanor Bauer and Ursula Robb.
The Dance and Choreography programme also at times collaborates with other educational programmes of the Danish National School of Performing Arts in inter-disciplinary work and artistic research work.