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Artistic Expression and Interpretation part 1

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Brief course description

Every course in the study plan create the foundation for the course Artistic Expression and Interpretation. This course will give the student knowledge of and experience with the collaboration between the technical performance of dance, interpretation and artistic presentation. The course will also give the student experience with different choreographic processes, stage equipment and an insight into the stage as a workplace.

Overview of the course:

  • the study of existing works and the development of new works
  • interpretation and presentation
  • performance work

In working with stage presentation, the focus will be on the wide variation in repertoire. Students are expected to master both the traditional, classical style of expression and more recent choreography. The student's ability to interpret movement and develop integrity and personal expression is an important part of the subject. Students must co-operative actively in the creative process while working with new productions.

In rehearsal and performance work, students will encounter different styles, methods and choreographers. Participation in different ballet competitions will, under special circumstances, form part of the stage presentation for certain students.

The course’s learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student should:

  • be able to perform classical ballet and other forms of choreographic expression.
  • have knowledge of and an understanding of themselves as dancers in a collective context.
  • have experience with presentation and awareness of their own stage presence.
  • have knowledge of the stage as a work place.

Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of teacher-led classes, coaching and independent work. Process-related work over periods of varying length with different presentations and performances is paramount. Presentations and performances will be arranged according to the programme’s requirements. There can be presentations or performances of varying size and number throughout the year. Performance work will be tailored to the individual student groups and the principal educational objective. Students will also participate in collaborative projects, including working with students from the Master in Choreography programme.

The coursework requirements are:

  • mandatory attendance and participation in classes
  • submission of all assignments
  • undertaking the process of rehearsing and developing movement material
  • participation in performance work
  • involvement in summaries and evaluations


Coursework requirements must have been met for the student to receive a final assessment in the course. During the course, the students work and development will be assessed in relation to the course's learning objectives.

The course is assessed by the subject teachers and/or choreographers in consultation with the programme coordinator.

The course is assessed by the awarding of either a pass or a fail grade.