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.

The COVID-19 pandemic also interfered with my plans. I'm still planning some new projects, except that this is not a good time for making plans. I'll post updates here whenever available.

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.

More publications



Boris Mikhailov: Ukrainian Diary is the biggest retrospective of Mikhailov's work to date and includes some 800 photographs, ranging from experimental and conceptual work to documentary photography.

The best fiction, the best general non-fiction, the best biography, philosophy and history books, the best art and photography books and the most disappointing books that I read this past year.

I was delighted to discover that the full run of legendary graphic design magazine Emigre is available online for free. It brought back a lot of memories and gave me the same jolt of inspiration as when I first discovered the magazine as a student.

Further Reading

Between abstraction and representation. Life. Death. This moment of June. Revisiting Art nouveau. Rethinking Alzheimer's. The Tanzmasken of Lavinia Schulz and Walter Holdt. Piet Mondriaan. Claude Shannon. Bruno Latour. And more.