STUFF: hybrid practices in choreography - Course

Do you work with artistic practices mediated through the body? Are you active in the field of visual arts, performing arts or performance? Would you like to investigate working across disciplines through an engagement with choreographic and visual art practices? Are you interested in transferring choreographic approaches to media other than the body? Are you curious about the correlations between choreography, bodies, materials and objects? Would you like to broaden your knowledge of how to create encounters with an audience on stage as well as in museum spaces and galleries?

The focus of the course is on practical learning through experimentation with a variety of artistic questions, studio practices, performative and installation methods. Internationally based dance and visual artists share their practices in diverse formats, including workshops, seminars and lectures. The course provides a broad insight into artistic practices in choreography and visual art through interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration involving methods of transmission across media, disciplines and contexts.

During the course, you will meet visual artists, performers and choreographers whose works give rise to disheveled hairy masks, massive and expansive bodies, human books, disaster scenarios made from food, cat practices, strategies of disappearance, dirty hands, collective jumps and more.

Caption: Manuel Pelmus and Alexandra Pirici, reenactement della “Guernica”, Padiglione Romania, Giardini.

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    You are welcome to apply and combine these courses up to full time studies: Choreographing contexts - curating dance and performance, Dance and philosophy, Klein Technique™, STUFF: hybrid practices in choreography and The circulating book project. The courses are scheduled to encourage those who would like to study full time.

    The course runs over two semesters, fall 2019 and spring 2020 during the following dates:

    Fall 2019:

    Module 1:

    week 37: Sep 12/13/14  

    week 38: Sep 19/20/21  

    week 39: Sep 26/27/28

    week 41: Oct 10/11/12

    week 42: Oct 16/17/18 


    Spring 2020 (tbc)

    Module 2: 

    week 6:  Feb 6/7/8

    week 7:  Feb 13/14/15

    week 8:  Feb 20/21/22

    week 9:  Feb 27/28/29

    week 10: Mar 5/6/7

    The course is divided into two modules:

    Module 1 deals with the specific relationship between body, choreography, material and object. Various experiments, concepts and methods for the exploration and use of material and object as extensions of artistic agency will be examined.

    Module 2 examines the specific relationship between body, materiality and context and sheds light on the concepts and procedures of designing encounters with visitors and audiences in exhibition spaces, galleries and museums.

    The course in curated by Martin Sonderkamp who is also the course leader.

    Martin Sonderkamp has worked at DOCH as Professor in Choreography since 2017, from 2011-2015 he was Professor in Dance at the University of Music and Dance Cologne. His artistic work explores both disciplinary and aesthetic boundaries between dance, visual art and music and features forms of participatory exhibitions, mixed media installations and works for stage. He has co-founded and danced with Amsterdam based Magpie Music Dance Company and performed improvisation in numerous events across Europe, the US, Russia and Asia. As a guest teacher he has worked for Cullberg Ballet, Sasha Waltz & guests, Danish Dance Theatre, Movement Research, New York, Tanzquartier Wien, Amsterdam University of the Arts, University of the Arts Berlin, Academy of Media Arts Cologne amongst others. He studied dance and choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.

    Guest lecturers: Eva Meyer Keller, Antje Velsinger, Pontus Petterson, Kate McIntosh, Darko Dragičević, Manuel Pelmus, Edvine Larsen, Mette Edvardsen. Zeina Hanna, Rebecca Hilton, Phillip Gehmacher, Isabelle Schad and others.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle with the exeption of Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6 and

    Specific entry requirement

    30 credits in an artistic subject or equivalent

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    You can be a dance artist or a visual artist or none of them and just be interested in the intersection between medias, artistic processes and materials and how to meet an audience.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-button on this page.

    Start your application early! Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed. Keep in mind that your application needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    • A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

    Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle

    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/highschool you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    Please note that we do not accept print outs from We do not accept e-mails as certificates


    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • 30 credits in an artistic subject or equivalent
    • if you do not have 30 credits in an artistic subject or equivalent you can apply for recognition of prior learning.


    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation max 1/2 A4 page (2000 characters)
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places there will be a selection. Selection of the course is done by a combined assessment of submitted application documents. The assessment takes into account previous education, work experience or other experience valuable to the course. The assessment takes particular account of experience in work with artistic activities focusing on and related to the course content.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    The tuition fee for the course is 93 000 SEK.

    Read more about application and study fees, how to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.