Teacher; Swantje Schaeuble

Year, duration
AD1, AD 2

Study load (weekly):
60 minutes of class, weekly homework, 10 hours for reflection

Contribution to competencies
1. Creative ability
2. Technical capability
4. Communicative Ability
5. Ability to grow and develop
6. Ability to Collaborate

Brief description of the content
The Dance History/Reflection on (classical) dance course not only makes theoretical knowledge available, but focuses in particular on applying this knowledge. The student learns to relate the historical developments of (classical) western theater dance (AD 1) and the current programming of renowned (repertoire) companies and the public debate (AD 2) by analyzing performances. Through this performance analysis, the student learns to give a substantiated opinion from the viewer's position.
Flexible modules allow each year to embed the course in the students' experiences, such as NBA and HNB repertoire and performances.

AD 1 is aimed at enabling the student to distinguish currents of (classical) Western theater dance on the basis of the (changing) historical context and the social function of the dance. The student is able to indicate characteristics of such movements in different stagings. From the idea of ​​'bending a timeline', the student learns to analyze and relate performances within the historical context of (classical) dance.
The student practices to give an informed opinion about relevant stagings. In addition, the student can indicate the quality of the performers, for example virtuosity, presence and embodiment of style and interpret the meaning of the performance on the basis of style characteristics in form, aesthetics and themes.

a. Introduction: Dance and dance forms
b. Analysis instruments: elements of dance and choreography
c. Roots of Western theater dance (Greek theatre, court dance)
d. Romantic Period, Ballet Russes
e. Modern Dance (Duncan, Fuller, Graham)
f. Modern developments in ballet (Balanchine, van Manen etc.)
g. Postmodern (Cunningham etc.) and contemporary dance
h. Postmodern developments in ballet (Forsythe, Mc Gregor)

Learning goals
The course teaches students to:

  • apply knowledge of dance history to categorize and provide insight into performances.
  • to gain expertise in observing dance performances.
  • to gain expertise in analyzing and interpreting dance performances.
  • to get acquainted with different dance styles and choreographers.
  • to get acquainted with new developments in the dance sector.
  • reflect on relevant questions from the public debate about the dance sector (digitization, diversity, inclusion, etc.).
  • present an individual reflection based on a performance of your choice.

lectures, individual and group assignments, written reflection, discussion

Study material (specialist literature, case studies, assignments, videos, etc.)
Images, videos, articles, handouts etc.

Assessment method
Presence, attitude to work, assignments (a presentation in block 1/2 and a written reflection in block 3/4). Both assignments are accompanied by 9 open questions.

Assessment criteria
1) 2.5
2) 6
4) 1
5) 1, 2, 3, 4
6) 4

Embedding theory in the students' experiences by adapting the modules to the rehearsals and the planning of the performances
Support for cross-curricular activities