Throughout this week (week 40), students, lectures and coordinators from Holland and Sweden are visiting the Academy in Aarhus.

source: (in Danish)

Throughout week 40, 2nd to 6th of October, students, teachers and coordinators from three countries meet at the Aarhus Conservatory of Music in Aarhus for an intensive week’s work and dance. It takes place as part of the cross-disciplinary project Next Move, which will improve the quality and relevance of conservatory education in dance and music. The project will result in a collection of methods, experiences, examples, etc., which will be freely available and provide new perspectives and knowledge in the field.

The 3-year project is now in its final phase and ends this summer in Arnhem, Holland with a large conference on dance and music dactics. Here is the work of spreading the dissemination of dance and music to other target groups than the usual ones presented. The work will also be published in an online idea bank and a joint teaching module between the three partner institutions of 7.5 ECTS.

Next Move has been developed in collaboration between DJM, Stockholm University (DOCH -Dans and Cirkus School of Sweden) and ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunst (The Netherlands).

Wednesday evening, guests visit the Next Move meeting in Aarhus Bora Bora’s interactive dance show “Dance Your Neighbor” in Skjød Assembly Hall, where there are no performers and audiences – only participants; everyone is on the floor.

DJM’s own students and teachers are invited to talk to the guests at the canteen – or to join Skjød Forsamlingshus (between Hammel and Hadsten) Wednesday at. 18:30 to participate in the performance “Dance your neighbor”. (Registration required:

The Next Move project is supported by EU Erasmus Plus funds

TRANS NATIONAL MEETING in Amsterdam – 2017

NEXT MOVE Final Conference planning meeting in Amsterdam on 18 May 2017.

Trans National Meeting in Amsterdam planning the NEXT MOVE Final conference – 25-26 May 2018 at ArtEZ.
The coordinator team meet in Amsterdam to make the first draft of the content, the workshops, the social activities, the level of student involvement and discussing about potential Keynote speakers. Logistics and communication. Flyers and e-mail lists. Fruitful and fun!

Top picture: Part of the NEXT MOVE team: Beata Alving (DOCH), Keld Hosbond (RAMA) and Anja Krans (ArtEZ)

Netty van den Bosch (ArtEZ)

Anja Krans (ArtEZ)

Photo: Christofer Fredriksson

WORKSHOP @ ArtEZ – 2017

Trans National Meeting at ArtEZ, Arnhem on 8-9 March 2017.

March 6th

Mariet Andringa and Margreet Luitwieler, ArtEZ introduce the mindset method, as a different method to approach creative work. Everybody is working on the different aspects.

March 7th

Ingeborg Bos, ArtEZ kicks off with asking what the new arts teacher, whether dance or music, is in need of. We start with a workshop, meetings in two, to discuss the ideas we had and the future idea of what it should be. This is the moment the three researches for intellectual outputs come together. Everybody writes down the answers to one or more questions.

Intellectual output

First ArtEZ, where are we? ArtEZ has the manual or better: the method as IO.

The four teams explain what they have worked on, in different ways, what their research question is. First we start with the research of Ingeborg Bos and Danique Jongbloed (ArtEZ). The question remains: what is the other approach, is there a sixth one, have we missed one, is it maybe an umbrella approach, does it have to do with affection?

Rina and Paula show their work through an exercise with the whole group.

Mariet Andringa and Amanda Brouwer (ArtEZ) have the mindset method. They get a suggestion, and that is that in their research they maybe should not ask people to talk about themselves (do you use it and what do you think of the method?). Or do not only ask supporters but also people who do not like to work with it.

Margreet Luitwieler and Nigel Koevoet (ArtEZ) have physical dynamics as their topic, which will come back on Thursday morning when Nigel will teach a lesson and Margreet will discuss it with John Wooter and Peter Sonderen.

Beata Alving and Katharina and Elisabeth present DOCH: where are we and what results have we accomplished until now. They talk about the expanded choreography, and ways to include other target groups. They also talk about having invited a disabled choreographer and dancer, who taught the teachers and students at DOCH, about the ins and outs of being disabled, and what it means for a choreographer. But also be aware of the implications of working with disabled people.

Lotte Bloem
What would we need on an online platform, combination of all intellectual outputs. In the brainstorm the following items or subjects have been mentioned:

  • art class, interdisciplinary art forms for inspiration
  • story behind the artist, how did they get that far
  • making of the artist, which steps do you need to take
  • interviews with people with strong opinions
  • interviews with students to get an idea what you can expect as potential student
  • interactive role
  • guest teachers, present themselves
  • results of researches
  • clips of activities we had, dance improv, performance
  • philosophy, how do we think about our profession
  • summary of the week
  • funny clips, bloopers
  • testimonials of teachers or students
  • presenting project of three institutions
  • live streaming
  • private wishes of all here
  • clips of statements
  • introduction videos that show target field
  • ten facts about next move
  • presentation of teachers of NM, of their classes
  • literature on dance and music education
  • why student and teachers are participating
  • background information
  • process diaries and stories about projects
  • personal stories
  • links to personal websites
  • method description
  • how to deal with health issues
  • dating service, place for finding contacts

Lotte gives the example of ARTube, a platform  that started out with five museums as example, which now links 30 museums. She could imagine an ARTube for dance and music

DOCH / Annika’s research

Annika Notér Hooshidar, DOCH told story about ability and disability, as part of the training, school. Everybody goes out and takes some questions with him or her, about norms. We are not very well equipped to differentness. Educational system is built on normalness. For people to include, you also have to think about what you offer through the curriculum. Curricula are made based on assignments. If the outcome of NM challenges the curriculum, then this may make a change. We can change norms if we feel like, and the project can help.

When you change, you also create new norms… this is an ongoing process. So you should also think about how we relate to changing society. Because society chances also all the time.

Netty: we come from a dancers department, which is decisive in the norms, still. After Annikas she sees it in perspective and she has to change vision, or look at students for example. It is about collectiveness, everybody can fit in.

Evening programme about makers and presentations
Directed by Rina. Could you do this what we have done with amateurs, is her central question.

Thursday March 9th

Presentation of Joint Module, by DOCH.

Writing is also creative, it is about moving your brain.
The practice informs the writing, there are different ways. Writing is not the goal. There are many ways of thinking of writing.

Session on the role of creativity in education.
Jeroen thinks of us as a community
What is research or inquiry in your life?

Three perspectives

– Future studies. What is possible in the future, how are we gonna make the next move? The future is something we meet as we move, in the present. Intuition can be the actualisation of the future in the here and now.
– Creativity studies. Creativity is a study, a lifelong study.
– Art studies. In humanities we have two methodologies.

  • Phenomenological way of looking. You look at phenomena, you look at senses. This is not about thinking. When you use senses in your inquiry or research. You describe instead kf analyzing. Its about the senses, not about the brain. In art is not always about intention, it can be about what you feel, smell etc.
  • Other is narratology, storytelling. You can hear a story or tell a story. Research is not only in the head. In particular in art.

On 2 December he talked about creativity as a theory of everything. Some scientists are looking for the idea that in the world there is a formula that explains everything. The creative theory of everything, is about that everything can be explained if you look at creativity. Creation is a kind of making something out of nothing. He  tried to come close to what creativity is. You have to frame it by guessing. It may have to do something with coincidence. Coincidence has to do with where things happens, with what surprises you. It has to do with resemblance, you compare but it has no information in itself. You have to make connections, that is the associative way. For creativity you also need affirmative brains, you have to come in, be part of. You need to understand dance from within, instead of from outside.

No longer is art an instrument, society will learn from creativity.

After break we start to practice ways of starting our inquiry. Some methods will be given: by using story telling we can come up with stories, also to define the arts teacher of the future.


Trans National Meeting at DOCH, Stockholm on 8-9 may 2016.

NEXT MOVE Trans National Meeting at DOCH, Stockholm in May 2016.

On the occasion of the fourth Trans National Meeting, which took place at DOCH, the main topic was planing the Mid Project Conference in December 2016.

Photo: Christofer Fredriksson