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Project and Performance Work I

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Master’s in choreography

Brief course description

Project and Performance Work includes studying the process of making a choreography from idea to finished production, including knowledge of project management. The course incorporates several elements that are taught in the study programme through given assignments of varying complexity.

The course will provide the students with experience and competence of staging choreography in various spaces and contexts and in using stagecraft elements. It includes application of visuality, material and design in relation to movement in space, as well as the use of various forms of documentation during choreographic processes.

The course shall also strengthen the students’ competence to communicate and interact with various performers and disciplines when collaborating on a given production. Collaborations with other students both at the Academy of Dance and the other departments at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, as well as other relevant institutions, are an integral part of the course.

Project and Performance Work includes an introduction to project management. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of project planning, that is how to organise, finance and carry out a project, from writing applications to complying with the professional ethics and copyrights and other relevant topics that illuminate the choreographer’s role and work as project manager, employer and producer in their own enterprises.

The course shall provide students with knowledge of the choreographer’s complex professional role as a creator of new endeavours and a contributor in various collaborative constellations. The course will also provide insight into the conditions and possibilities of dance by reviewing some of the support schemes, structures and actors (whether festivals, commissioning venues or companies) that exist in the field.

The course’s learning outcomes

The course’s learning outcomes are described as follows:


Upon completing the course, students shall

  • have knowledge of key questions related to working contextually on choreography
  • have fundamental knowledge of project management, including familiarity with various organisational forms, funding schemes, employer/employee obligations, copyright, and questions of professional ethics
  • have familiarity with various forms of documentation


Upon completing the course, students shall

  • be able to use choreographic skills and contextual understanding to tackle given assignments and frameworks
  • be able to use relevant forms of documentation to document their own work

General competence

Upon completing the course, students shall

  • be able to demonstrate choreographic independence and creativity when staging given and self-chosen assignments and relating to given frameworks

Teaching and learning methods

The course’s working methods may be based on group work or more independent project work in combination with workshops, excursions, fieldworks, seminars, lectures and teacher-led learning, and supervision. The course includes a large degree of independent artistic work that shall demonstrate reflection, understanding and maturation. As part of the coursework, the students will share results or experiences from the process with others by documenting their own process, whether in writing, orally, performatively and/or through audiovisual means. Some of the teaching may take place together with other relevant programmes.

The course requirements are

  • mandatory attendance and active participation
  • approved completion of given assignments


All course requirements must be approved in order for a student to receive a final course assessment.

The students’ coursework productions will be assessed on an ongoing basis. The ongoing assessment is based on supervision, educators’ assessments, feedback from one’s fellow students, group discussions and independent reflection on one’s artistic development as seen in relation to the course’s goals.

The course is graded pass/fail.