Expanded Choreography – for dancers and non-dancers


Underviser: Franziska Bork Petersen & Micaela Kühn Jara

The workshop explores choreography’s relevance beyond dance. As a plan for bodily motion, choreography provides knowledge about movement and its regulation: how moving bodies are arranged, fixed, ordered and manipulated. At the same time, choreographic knowledge enables analyses of such regulation and its embodied defiance. Choreography holds a capacity to impose power, but also to identify, investigate and undermine it.


Willingness to work actively with the course’s goals and working methods


By the end of the module, the student will:

have gained knowledge on a broad understanding of choreography and reflected its relevance for their own field

have been part of developing and testing a wide variety of methods to identify and account for how spaces and objects choreograph the bodies who interact with them

have experimented with and reflected on the particularities of auditive, visual and/or narrative methods for documenting choreographic mechanisms


In brief input lectures, the workshop will introduce students to basic choreographic principles and a selection of contemporary examples from performance, dance and architecture. We will use these as the group’s common frame of reference and the basis of our discussions throughout the week. Depending on skills and preferences, students will work with their own choice of methods and techniques to address in practice questions, such as:

With what forcefulness do different instances of choreography impose themselves on bodies? What room do they leave for interpretation? Does a choreography reveal itself as a subtle nudge, an authoritative order, a suggestion, a manipulation and – not least – what are the alternatives to obeying it? How can we invent, explore and insist on them? And what sanctions do different choreographic systems put in place to punish those who stray from the prescribed path?

Teaching and working methods

Input lectures

Experimental work with practical tasks

Self-study in specific places around the city


Sharing of work in progress

Final presentations


In the workshop we want to gather students from the different schools as well as local practitioners


The course is passed with a successful final presentation.

Beyond the workshop in May, there is a possibility to present (fragments of) the developed work for a wider audience at a choreography conference at Scenekunstskolen.


Mette Ingvartsen: Artificial Nature Series https://vimeo.com/52407398

Johannes Paul Raether: https://032c.com/johannes-paul-raether-is-queen-of-the-worldwidewitch-community

William Forsythe – Choreographic Objects: https://www.williamforsythe.com/williamforsythe.html

Susan Foster. “Choreographies of Gender.” Signs 24, no. 1 (1998).

Susan Foster. Choreographing Empathy. Kinaesthesia in Performance. London/New York: Routledge, 2011.

Félix Guattari. The Three Ecologies, translated by Ian Pindar and Paul Sutton. London and New Brunswick: The Athlone Press, 2000.

Andrew Hewitt, Social Choreography: Ideology as Performance in Dance and Everyday Movement. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.

André Lepecki. “Choreopolice and Choreopolitics: or, the task of the dancer.” TDR 57, no. 4 (2013).

Derek McCormack. Refrains for Moving Bodies: Experience and Experiment in Affective Spaces. Durham: Duke university Press, 2013.


Uge 24, hver eftermiddag (intensive one-week workshop)


Den Danske Scenekunstskole, København









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