Theory provides students with the conceptual and practical understanding of the cultural, aesthetic, historical and social context of dance and performance making. It is also there to allow the students to develop love for complexity as well as care and fearless attitude towards concepts and ‘big questions’ on one hand and critical thinking on the other.

The goal of theory courses is to enable the student to develop:

  • specific knowledge about how performance, choreography and artistic decisions more generally, and the body, more specifically, communicate in art and society;
  • understanding and knowledge of contexts and models of performance through the study of origins, historical examples, determining cultural factors;
  • general transferable skills including the ability to participate in group processes and discussions; observation; research; reflection and criticism.

Courses in this cluster are Dance History, Philosophy, Writing, Curating and Performance, Dance Business, Film Theory, and Gender Theory and Post-colonial Critique.