We might think of choreography in terms of ‘rehearsal’; that is, as the working out and working through of utopian, nevertheless ‘real’, social relations.
Kliën’s choreographic practice has always included research into new cultural forms that embody an extended understanding of choreography and dance. The design of new cultural institution has long been central to this process and marked his artistic direction of Barriedale Operahouse, London (1994—2000), Daghdha Dance Company, Limerick (2003—2011) and R.I.C.E. on Hydra island, Greece (2013-). These new models of cultural institutions distinguish themselves through interdisciplinary thinking, their dedication to high-level discourse, suspension of dominant ideologies of productivity, genuine social openness and interest in the potential of ‘the other’. Numerous unique educational and social choreographic formats have been the direct result of this enquiry (See Daghdha Space slideshow 2005—2010).
In 2012 Kliën became a founding member of the Institute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt.