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Applications open for Lou Cope’s online course for choreographers and dramaturgs

Lou Cope's Doing Dramaturgy online intensive.
Lou Cope's Doing Dramaturgy online intensive.

Lou Cope and CoAD – the Centre of Applied Dramaturgy will be hosting Doing Dramaturgy, a unique online course for choreographers and dramaturgs, and applications are now open. This brand new professional development course draws on Cope’s two-decade career of working as a dramaturg with world class choreographers and theatre makers, including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Garry Stewart, Birmingham Royal Ballet and many more. 

Led over Zoom, the course is designed to accompany and support busy choreographers and dramaturgs, through a variety of dynamic and engaging sessions. Participants will work with Cope and one another to deepen their practice and mission; examine their making strategies; explore structure, composition, form, content and context; explore how choreographers and dramaturgs can think and work together; and share experience, questions and challenges. 

Lou Cope.
Lou Cope.

“This course is a brilliant opportunity for artists to develop their understanding of dramaturgy with one of the UK’s leading dance dramaturgs,” said Garry Stewart, artistic director of Australian Dance Theatre. “Working with Lou online was both a pleasure and inspiring, and it’s great that people across the world can now get access to her work and experience.” 

The course includes a one-to-one bespoke and personal initial session with Cope; six days of online course; direct contact delivery from Cope; focussed sessions tailored and adapted to group needs and objejctives; a wide range of exercises and tasks, including some between sessions; collaboration and discussion with other choreographers and dramaturgs in pairs and groups; solo work with group reflections; and a one-to-one debrief from Cope. 

For more information and to apply, visit

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