Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Embodied theory35212/3082/2324/1/52
Study guide

Embodied theory

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts, programme stage 5
    • Dance
  • Master in Dance
  • Master in Dance, programme stage 4
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 5 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Brevers Anne-Lise
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: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 150,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Short description

How to embody theory? This question is relevant to any artistic practice. 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 happens within a sharp and continuous dialogue. Today, we build on the legacy of these periods in art creation, while at the same time, the boundaries between those fields of knowledge are increasingly becoming fluid.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)

1. Develops and articulates bodily craftmanship through acquired tools and techniques.
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 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

Course content

Embodied Theory is a seminar-style course focused on the alliance between physical creative practice and theoretical research. In this course, we will inspect how the structure of reason can be built through the details of our embodiment and how we can practically integrate, cooperate, and advance with and from theoretical texts in our creative research. We will discuss how and when knowledge can be applied contextually in the studio via several tools ranging from neuroscience and art history to philosophy. Students will be guided through developing a short form based on a theoretical text linked to their research question. This short form will in turn conclude in a written proposal encapsulating a system of references born from the crossover of the text and studio works.
Embodied Theory seeks to empower students through critical, dynamic investigation of academic knowledge and continuing methods of dance 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
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic practical assessment50,00
Eerste examenperiodeReflection assignment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)50,00

Evaluation (text)

Refer to the evaluation list for the specific evaluation components of the course unit.

Re-sit exam
Not all courses have a re-sit exam possibility. Refer to the notification above in this ECTS information sheet for the possibility of a re-sit exam for this course unit.

Attendance requirement:
A minimum of 60% attendance is required. For less than 60% attendance, the student will receive 0/20 for (all) permanent evaluation assessment method(s).

Conditions for legitimate absence:
* An absence substantiated by a medical certificate uploaded in iBamaFlex!
* An absence requested in advance and approved by the head of programme or artistic coordinator.