The master’s programme in choreography is a two-year full-time programme. It builds on a broad understanding of choreography and is for students who wish to develop and deepen their artistic understanding through creative practices and critical reflections. The programme’s key subjects are: choreographic tools and methods, project work and performances, performance theory and philosophical aesthetics, and the master’s project.
The programme emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, artistic development in the tension field between tradition and innovation, and gives insight into assessing, planning, and realizing tasks and projects in collaboration with others. Choreographic issues are explored artistically as well as in a historical and social, national and international context.
Beginning in 2019, the study programme will be part of a choreographic platform together with the master’s programmes in choreography in Sweden (DOCH), Finland (TEAK) and Denmark (DASPA).
Subjects are addressed in various formats such as workshops and study tours, lectures and seminars, projects and performances. Teaching takes place in groups, individual tutorials, and through self-study – in continuous dialogue with teaching staff, other students, research fellows and guest teachers. Parts of the programme are in collaboration with the master’s programme in dance and other study programmes across disciplines, both at KHiO and at other institutions.
The unique facilities at the Academy of Dance provide excellent working conditions and professional standard stage experience. Students also have access to a large library in the fields of performing arts and visual arts.
The programme offers methodical and professional skills in choreography, a national and international network, and experience in project management. Additionally, the programme prepares students for research and for applying to the PhD programme in Artistic Research and other relevant doctoral programmes.
Guest Teachers 2017-2019
Anne-Linn Akselsen, Knut Ove Arntzen, Saša Asentić, Pelle Ask, Eid Aziz, Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, Robert Berge, Olive Bieringa, Ingunn Bjørnsgaard, Petra Barghouthi, Eivind Buene, Jonathan Burrows, Linnea Bågander, Katarina Eriksson, Elizabeth Gmeiner, Tone Graver, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Julyen Hamilton, Kirsi Heimonen, Janne Friberg Horgen, Hannah Hurtzig, Mette Ingvartsen, Finn Iunker, Ina Christel Johannesen, Petri Kaverma, Ingunn G. Klepp, Jørgen Knudsen, Bjørn Kruse, Carle Lange, Christina Lindgren, Tor Lindstrand, Johanna S. Meyer, Andrew Morrison, Alain Platel, Nikolina Pristaš, Goran Sergej Pristaš, Asbjørn Schaathun, Thomas Schubert, Elisabeth Svarstad, Atsushi Takenouchi, Mikkel B. Tin, Anu Vehviläinen, Hans Jørgen Wallin Weihe, Kristine Karåla Øren, og Alan Øyen.
Core group of teachers 2019-2021
The master’s programme in choreography will be led by a group consisting of Head of Programme Per Roar in collaboration with Anne Grete Eriksen and Amanda Steggell.
In addition to national and international guest teachers, teachers from the Academy of Dance Bojana Cvejić, Snelle Hall, and Torunn Robstad, and the research fellows Brynjar Bandlien, Mette Edvardsen, Rosalind Goldberg and Janne-Camilla Lyster, will be engaged in the master’s programme.
Specializations and interests
The core group of teachers has the following interests and area of specializations:
- Movement development, choreographic composition and staging
- Docudancing (choreography drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and documentary material)
- Furtherfield Choreography (drawing on Urban Studies and Interaction Design)
- Dance Dramaturgy and Performance Theory
Current Artistic Research projects
- Amphibious Trilogies
- Choreographic poetry: Creating literary scores for dance
- Writings in space and time
- Choreography as meaning-generating aggregate
- Performative Time
- Social Dramaturgy
Master’s in choreography
The Master’s degree programme is based on a three-year Bachelor’s degree in choreography or dance (180 ECTS) or other relevant education. Applicants must document a minimum of 80 ECTS within the field of choreography. Applicants must also document their choreographic practice.
Applicants with a lower content of dance-related or choreographic subjects in their degree may also apply for admission if they can document other relevant education and/or practice (i.e. prior learning and work experience) of a scope and level that may also qualify them for admission to the programme.
Applicants must document their proficiency in English, for example through a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 500 or an IELTS test with a minimum score of 5.0 (or similar documentation). Applicants who document an educational background from another Nordic country or from an English-language country do not need to submit further documentation of their proficiency in English.
The admission to the Master’s degree programme takes place in three phases:
- formal assessment of the application and the applicant’s competence
- artistic assessment of the applicant’s qualifications, on the basis of the artistic works cited in the application as well as the applicant’s written reflection
- an audition consisting of a mix of choreographic and written assignments, including an interview
Only applicants who are deemed to be qualified in phases 1 and 2 of the admission process will be invited to phase 3, the audition.
The admission process will be based on an overall assessment of the applicant in regard to:
- choreographic expression, individuality and creativity
- the ability to reflect on choreographic work
- composition and improvisation skills
- collaborative skills and personal suitability
When applying, you must submit the following:
1. a written reflection in English on your current artistic practice and context, where you describe
a) your background and current artistic practice and context
b) a choreographic field of interest and your motivation for wanting to explore this field
2. a video documentation with excerpts of your choreographic work (max around 15 minutes), to be uploaded on Vimeo (or similar service) with a link and, if necessary, a password.
On the basis of your application, you will be notified as to whether you will be called in for an audition.
The auditions will be held on 6–12 February 2019.
In advance of the audition, the invited applicants will be asked to prepare, among other things, a staged presentation of themselves (max 15 minutes) that will provide a glimpse into their artistic interests.
Further information will be provided directly to the applicants who are called in to the audition.
The final decision will take place following an overall assessment based on the admission requirements being met, your skills and suitability as a choreographer, your personal motivation, the documentation of your artistic practice and your audition.
The curriculum for the Master’s degree programme is currently being revised and will be finished by 2019. You will find a link to this curriculum in the general information on the programme.
The applicant must have a good knowledge of Norwegian and/or another Scandinavian language, and English.
Application deadline: 3 December 2018 (23:59 CET) – NB! Application deadline is postponed to 12 December 2018 (23:59 CET)
Read through the application procedure, and download the application attachment
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