Modern Theatre Dance

A dynamic dance profession needs contemporary and individualistic dancers who have achieved a high technical standard and possess theatrical dance capabilities. In the course of four years, the Modern Theatre Dance study trains you to become a versatile dancer who actively participates in the creative process together with the choreographer.

During the study you will immerse yourself in various contemporary dance styles along with academic dance at an advanced technical level. This will help you become a multi-talented dancer who feels at home with modern and contemporary dance ensembles both here and abroad. Your command of a broad, contemporary repertoire and dance vocabulary, such as undefinedEmio Greco, undefinedAnne Teresa de Keersmaeker, undefinedOhad Naharin, undefinedLeineRoebana, undefinedClub Guy & Roni, undefinedConny Janssen, plus a personal style of performing make you specially suited to participate in demanding productions.

During the first two years of the study programme, emphasis lies on developing the necessary dance technical skills and building up a dance vocabulary based on classical ballet and contemporary dance, off the floor and from a standing position.

Lessons in improvisation, composition, partner work, contact improvisation, movement research, movement analysis, physical theatre, drama, music, dance history, philosophy, dance health, Alexander technique and contemporary repertoire ensure a deeper and broader development of your skills towards becoming a versatile, accomplished and excellent dancer/dance performer. In addition, you work with guest choreographers in creating new work.In the past few years students worked with among others undefinedLucinda Childs, undefinedTrisha Brown, undefinedMaja Delak, undefinedLiat Waysbort, undefinedQuan Bui Ngoc, undefinedNicole Beutler en undefinedItamar Serussi.

Special collaboration
There is special focus on the repertoire and specific manner of training of   undefinedICKamsterdam Emio Greco | PC, undefinedAnne Teresa de Keersmaeker and undefinedGaga / Ohad Naharin. The students have the chance to immerse themselves in the work off undefinedICKamsterdam Emio Greco | PC with a workshop Double Skin/Double Mind during a workshop divided over the first three years of the study programme. A bi-weekly intensive workshop “Drumming” by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and an extensive workshop aimed at Gaga featuring the repertoire of Ohad Naharin, offers them an opportunity to confront and experience this work as part of the MTD dance curriculum.

Double Skin / Double Mind

The work of undefinedAnne Teresa de Keersmaeker has in recent years also been included in the curriculum. The study affords you plenty of opportunity for artistic development, not only in school projects but also through collaboration with the SNDO and during internships.

Throughout the entire study programme, much attention is paid to developing your personality, discipline and mental and intellectual dedication. Most teachers are active in the professional field; consequently new developments in dance practice at a national and international level are closely followed and integrated in the education programme.  

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Programme details

Artistic director
Angela Linssen

Study load
240 EC

Study length
4 years, full-time

Language of instruction

CROHO code
34798 (B Dance)

Bachelor of Arts