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Choreographic Thinking


Admission requirements

This course requires no prior dance training or experience and is applicable to all artistic disciplines and areas
of interest.


What is choreographic thinking and how is it useful in other forms of (artistic) research? In this course,
students will explore how to think in and through the writing of dance(s). Here choreographic thinking will be
explored both in theory and in practice in order to (re)consider topics such as writing, materiality, technology,
and perception.

Each session will be divided in to two parts. The first part will involve theoretical concepts and discussion of
recommended texts.The second part will involve the workshop of choreography and choreographic thinking

Course objectives

The objectives of this course are to gain a theoretical understanding as well as practical experience of
choreographic thinking. Students will learn how to “write” the data of their everyday activities, as well as how
to “read,” interpret, and transform them towards the development of a self-generative practice.


Wednesdays, TBA
The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


Expected course outcomes: The outcome of this course will be a choreographic work.


The following competencies are addressed in this course: creative ability, capacity for critical reflection,
capacity for growth and innovation, organizational ability, communicative ability, and external awareness.

Reading list



Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application.

For KABK students: Apply in OSIRIS between Monday 3 February 15.30 hours and 5 February 23.59 hours. 2021 by registering and uploading a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words) plus a few images of artworks and/or designs in OSIRIS.

For Leiden University students: register in uSis before 3 February and send motivation to before 5 February 23.59 hours.

The result of the selection will be announced on Friday 9 February 2021.

Late submissions can not be accepted.

Max. 12 students can be admitted for the course.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (IST).

For questions Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at

Leiden University students: Enrolment through uSis is mandatory as well as the written motivation mentioned above.
General information about uSis is available on the website


For questions about the courses in the Art Research Programme, please contact Emily Huurdeman, coordinator of the lectorate, at


Brief biography:
Stephen Shropshire is a choreographer, curator and dance researcher. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School,
holds a MA from the University of Maastricht, and is a doctoral candidate at PhDArts, Leiden University and
the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Between 2009 and 2012 Shropshire was artistic director of Noord
Nederlandse Dans, and in 2016 his eponymous foundation was established to facilitate the development and
presentation of new choreographic work. Since 2018 he has been artistic coordinator and chief curator of the
Nederlandse Dansdagen dansMuseum. In 2017 Shropshire was awarded an honor prize from the
Dansersfonds ’79 and in 2018 his work We Are Nowhere Else But Here was awarded the VSCD ‘Zwan’ for best
dance performance of the Dutch theater season. In 2020 Shropshire was the recipient of a ‘Fast Forward’
international production and research grant from the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.