Six Propositions

Concept & Choreography: Ivar Hagendoorn
Dancer: Saskia de Vries
Music: Gérard Pesson, Sunn O))), Kaija Saariaho, John Cage & J.S. Bach
Costume: Issey Miyake
Year: 2020

Proposition 1.21, Proposition 2.202, Proposition 3.1, Proposition 4.1212, Proposition 5.2

Performance Archive


In October 2021 I gave a talk at the annual symposium of the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

Now that the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic is over I'm finally planning some new projects again.

The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance edited by Vida L. Midgelow is out in print! It includes a chapter by me. It is a groundbreaking publication that finally puts dance improvisation on the map as an area worthy of theoretical reflection and inquiry in its own right.

The special edition of French magazine Sport & Vie (No. 49, December 2018), "La Danse, comme on n'en parle jamais", includes an interview with me. The entire issue is well worth reading. So, if you speak French, get yourself a copy before it's out of stock. You can order it online.


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Hagendoorn, I.G. (2019). An Agile Mind in an Agile Body. In: Midgelow, V.L. [ed.], The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 749-761.

Hagendoorn, I.G. (2011). Dance, Aesthetics and the Brain. Tilburg: Tilburg University. "The Book". This is the academic version. I'm still half planning to revise it for a general audience. Please note that I have revised many of my earlier views.

Hagendoorn, I.G. (2010). Dance, Language and the Brain. International Journal of Art and Technology, 3 (2/3), 221-234.

Hagendoorn, I.G. (2010). Dance, Choreography and the Brain. In: Melcher, D. and Bacci, F. [eds.]. Art and the Senses. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 499-514.

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