The choreographic process in relation to its length.

The influence of the length of a choreographic process with young adult dancers on the development and realization of the creative stages that the choreographer is going through.

By: Paula Pröbrock
Position: ArtEZ Bachelor Dance in Education, Arnhem, The Netherlands

In this research the target group is introduced by clarifying the cognitive, the psychosocial, the aesthetic and the physical development of the young adult. In addition to that the researcher links this theoretical information to the experiences and reflections she got out of her practical research by choreographing for this target group. The research internship consisted of three choreographies, using three different groups of young adults in artistic processes with a duration of 10 hours, 20 hours and 30 hours.


Besides introducing the target group, the structure of the choreographic process is explained further. Therefor the researcher verified four creative stages of the choreographic process: the preparation, the research, the composition, the evaluation. These four creative stages are not in a fixed order so that the sequence 
can be different in each choreographic 
process. Furthermore, the stages can 
be repeated during the whole process 
depending on what is needed.
The longer the choreographic process
is the more often the different stages 
can be repeated.

The development and realization of these
four stages depends on the length of 
the whole choreographic process, the 
personal way of choreographing and 
the experiences and knowledge of the 
dancers. 
By reflecting during the whole process 
the choreographer gets a feeling what 
is needed to keep the process going.

This is a short introduction to the BA thesis Paula Pröbrock has written for her graduation at ArtEZ Bachelor Dance in Education. The professional product (in Dutch, titled Handleiding voor de invulling en opbouw van het choreografische proces) work can be found here.