Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
campus Desguinlei
Desguinlei 25 - 2018 Antwerpen
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Embodied theory35212/2171/2122/1/44
Study guide

Embodied theory

Academic year 2021-22
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts, programme stage 5
    • Dance
  • Master in Dance, programme stage 4
  • Master in Dance
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 5 credits
Co-ordinator: Epifanio Renata Lamenza
Other teaching staff: Terclaevers Iris
Teaching staff are not (all) known yet.
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2021 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 150,00 hours


This information is subject to possible future changes in the Corona-measures.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

How to embody theory? This question is relevant to any artistic practice. Specifically since the rise of conceptual dance in the sixties and the introduction of the concept of ‘expanded choreography’ in the nineties, the relation between theory and practice is in sharp dialogue. Today we continue partly the legacy of these periods in art creation, yet at the same time the borders between fields of knowledge are increasingly becoming fluid.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Passed the admission test.

Learning outcomes (list)

3. Reflects and investigates on questions and experiential knowledge in order to deepen their artistic practice.
Invest in embodied practices as a means to produce theory
6. Is able to research the artistic field to feed his/her practice and position him/herself accordingly.
Is able to translate theoretical frameworks into embodied knowledge and intertwine it with their own artistic practice
Invest in embodied practices as a means to produce theory
7. Engages his/her craftsmanship and embodied knowledge in other settings.
Challenges the position of embodied knowledge in society
Implements relevant embodied knowledge in different settings
Translates embodied methodologies in order to interact with society
9. Invests, through resonating within the socio-political and economic climate, in the reciprocal relationship between his/her artistic practice and society.
Translates embodied methodologies in order to interact with society

Course content

Connecting theory to practice in the arts raises the question of translation. How can a practice be translated into theory and vice versa? Moreover, how can theory be embodied? Often one-dimensional approaches to the translation process lead to superficial outcomes. Either the theoretical frame is too strong and can’t be read in the embodied practice, or the theoretical framework is too weak to align with the practice. During this week we will delve into the discussion of the relation between theory and an embodied artistic practice. Examples of these relations will be examined and students will relate strategies of embodying theory and practice to their own research.

Study material (text): Mandatory

  • See Trotter (study guide)
  • Every student must have a laptop for blended learning (online and offline classes)

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours120,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Semester 1Artistic praxis50,00
Semester 1Continuous reflection assignment (Permanent evaluation)50,00

Evaluation (text)

The student must be present 2/3 during this course unit.
During this course, the permanent evaluation takes place.
The permament evaluation is both a assesment method and a partial examination.

With less than 2/3 presence in the classes, the student gets 0/20 for the assessment method and for the partial examination 'permanent evaluation'. For the assessment method and the partial examination 'permanent evaluation', a second examination is not possible.

Conditions of legitimate absence (legitimate absence are not counted inside the 2/3)
- An absence supported by a medical certificate
- An absence that was requested in advance and approved by the programme head/artistic coordinator

The student must pass each partial examination of the course unit in order to pass the entire course unit. If one fails a sub-thesis, the student will be referred to the next examination period for this course unit. The grade for the other partial examination is retained.