Solid Base: Years 1 and 2
The first phase of two years offers a solid base to students to deepen the understanding of their own bodies, to gain insight into their potential, to challenge their habits and to develop autonomy and creativity, alone and in the group. The students receive training in diverse types of dance and performance techniques, body practices and related theoretical and contextual knowledge. The students have the opportunity to improve their technical skills, expand their dance vocabulary, and to gain depth and nuance by being confronted with different genres and cultures of dancing, dance making and performance. They are also invited to challenge their worldview and reflect on how their personal dance experience connects with social and cultural frames.
They have the opportunity to reflect upon their own personal movement practice as it is linked to the fundamental aesthetic, anthropological, social and historical aspects of dance, dancing bodies and movement in everyday life. They also gain a solid understanding of choreographic composition and dramaturgy from the point of view of both co-creative and interpretative involvement of the dance performer.
The first two years are organised in blocks each with its own particular focus. Crucial parts of the programme are creations and student projects. In the first year, students participate in one creation with professional choreographers and work on three collaborative student projects of different scales. In the second year, students realise two creations with guest artists- one construction of a new choreographic work and one reconstruction of a piece of repertoire. They also take part in creations by fellow students of the bachelor programme in choreography - SNDO and they develop one solo project of their own. These projects provide many of opportunities to perform in different frameworks.