Dance studies is currently one of the most innovative and up-and-coming academic fields. Aside from its importance for research, the integration of academic reflection on dance is of enormous importance for the training contemporary dancers. In Cologne, dance studies is taught as an applied program that uses interdisciplinary instructional formats to explore the boundaries between theory and practice.
The goal of this program is to communicate methods for reflecting on dance and to learn to understand its social, physical, and political implications and then use these lessons to enhance one’s own practice. The ability to describe dance and artistic concepts is taught as well as the skills that enable dancers to transition between different styles, techniques, and genres.
In keeping with these goals, the following topics are taught in dance studies: methods of learning and acquiring skills, movement analysis and writing for and about dance, reflecting on dance technique and physical theories, dance history and practical experience with reconstruction work, choreographic processes and supervised choreography projects, social and political dimensions of dance, dance and media, as well as project management and the economic constraints of dance and dance productions. The aim is for students to learn to view dance as a complex profession and to transform them into critical dancers whose skills go beyond their own art form. The Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln also has the privilege of collaborating with the research center, Deutsche Tanzarchiv Köln. This collaboration gives students insight and access to one of the most comprehensive, renowned dance libraries and historical collections in the world.
The doctorate program in dance studies will be available starting November 2009. Those interested should contact Prof. Dr. Yvonne Hardt.