At the ArtEZ Master of Choreography we support and develop practice as research in the field of choreography. Seeking to move beyond the binary theory vs. practice by means of artistic research, we strongly acknowledge and encourage diversity and plurality in choreography.  Confronted with the complex product-and efficiency-oriented artistic world, we aim to further educate and empower choreographers to be self-critical, proactive and able to sustain their artistic singularity.


The ArtEZ Master of Choreography is a 2-year full time (though partially residential) practice-as-research programme. At ArtEZ we enjoy the privilege of maintaining small groups of international choreographers (three or four every two years), providing each choreographer the possibility to design and conduct an own independent research in close dialogue with peers, teachers and mentors. The program stimulates individual growth, support, and challenge by addressing ‘tensions’ between improvisation & composition methods, process & product attitudes, material & immaterial movement, and discursive & non-discursive flows or forms of communication.

During the intensive weeks of sessions, tutorials and workshops in the small city of Arnhem, choreographers are given the opportunity to work closely with each other, with inter-national guests and mentors as well as with large and small groups of dancers from the ArtEZ BA in Dance. The possibility to interact both locally (within ArtEZ and with partners in Arnhem) and internationally (with the exchange platforms ArtEZ is a part of), offers a challenging and stimulating professional environment for the artists.

Who is it for?

The program is designed for choreographers who have already established a professional practice (at least 3 years), and wish to maintain it while studying, critically probing, and further developing their practice. Through a policy of number control the program provides maximum facilitation to a very limited number of students (3 to 4 once every two years), thereby enhancing both the quality of the studies as well as career perspectives after graduation.