Premiere of Eszter Salamon's Wars and Dances in Essen 18/2

On Saturday February 18, Eszter Salamon's piece Wars and Dances will premiere at PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany. The piece has its origins in the creation of the same title the choreographer created for 15 PARTS students in May-June 2016, and which was part of their graduation tour. The choreography was built around traditional dances of wars and resistance and is now expanded into a 6-hours choreographic installation, which includes some people from the cast she worked with at PARTS, and also four graduates from earlier generations, next to other dancers.
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Photo Bart Grietens


Pictures of P.A.R.T.S. @ work #9 and #10

The five previous weeks our students joint theater workshops led by Gabel Eiben, Alejandra Theus, Thomas Ryckewaert and Kuno Bakker. Here you can see an impression of their showings during P.A.R.T.S. @ Work #9 & #10 this weekend. 

Pictures by Tine Declerck,

Research Studios 2017-2018: Movement x Sound x Word

In 2017-2018, there will be a new Research Studios programme for young choreographers, performers and dramaturges, lasting one year. The program will focus on reflective aurality/orality, and will ask how dancing and choreography could be sourced from experimental music and poetry. It will be coordinated by Bojana Cvejic and Alain Franco.

In February and March, there will be several information sessions across Europe, where alain Franco or Bjoana Cvejic come to present te program and answer all your questions.

To know more about the content and structure of the program, the profile of the partiicpants and the application procedure, visit the Research Studios page!


Open Trisha Brown repertoire workshops for professional dancers and dance students by Samuel Wentz.

In April and May (29 April, 6, 13 and 20 May) P.A.R.T.S. organises a new series of four workshops on repertory of Trisha Brown led by Samuel Wentz. Click here for more information.


Save the date - Open House 2017

We would like to invite you to our Open House on Sunday March, 19. The programme will be announced soon.


PARTS - An Impression by one of the students

New faces, new experiences, a new city – a new life. Our year started around 3 months ago. Since the beginning it has been intense, but in a good way. There is a lot of excitement in our group for the practice and theory of dance along with how it's been situated in the recent years. Even though we come from various places, different cultures and don't share a common native language, we find a way of connecting, sharing and using these differences in a productive way to build up our own versatile group. Read More.


Accompanying ballet classes - an Impression by pianist François Chamaraux

At PARTS, every ballet class has live accompaniment. The musician is always present but not always visible, even if he or she has a very important function in the class. This year, three people accompany the classes in PARTs: François Chamaraux, Elisabeth Flynn and Pieter Smout. François Chamaraux sent us some reflections about his job:

"Music schools and conservatories, even at high levels, often prepare to play piano as a solo or solitary practice. In comparison, accompaniment is a quite different art, requiring an additional set of skills. The main difference is essentially to listen to and to be permanently aware of what the others artists are doing. If necessary the accompanist has to be flexible and has to adapt to various ways of playing. It is this interaction with other artists that I find interesting.  It gives the feeling that my art is serving another. Read More.


New book publication! PARTS 20 years - 50 portraits

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of P.A.R.T.S., the book “20 years – 50 portraits” was created. In this book the school looks back, portraying fifty former students, who each narrate their unique story about what dance means to them and the role of P.A.R.T.S. in their life. The portraits are preceded by an interview with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. One hundred images of the school conclude the book, together with an overview of all the students, teachers and collaborators, who have over the past twenty years contributed to the making of P.A.R.T.S.
For a full overview of the contents of the book, look here

The book is available for €34,50, shipping costs excluded. A copy can be ordered via

You can download the interview with Salva Sanchis from the book here, to have a peek on the look and feel of the book!


Départs 2009-2014 selected as Success Story by the European Commission

In 2009, PARTS initiated the 5-year European project 'Departs, Practices for an integrated development of European contemporary dance’, in collaboration with 10 partners from 9 countries, which ran until 2014. PARTS is proud that the European Commission has recently named it a ‘Success Story’, as a project that distinguished itself by its impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and creative approach’. Read on…


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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

PARTS was founded in 1994 by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Bernard Foccroulle, director of the national opera De Munt/ La Monnaie.
Under its new director Peter De Caluwe, De Munt/ La Monnaie has continued its structural partnership with PARTS. See for more information on its activities.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has been the director of PARTS since 1994. Her artistic vision and work, developed since 1982, are a permanent
source of inspiration for the pedagogical program of PARTS. For more background on the program, go to the presentation of the school. For more information on Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's choreographic work and the Rosas company, go to





PARTS was founded by Rosas and De Munt/La Monnaie. The school is funded by the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community and receives additional support from the network [DNA] Departures and Arrivals. [DNA] is funded by the European Commission (Creative Europe Program). PARTS and HES-SO/Manufacture (Lausanne, CH) are 2013-2017 partner institutions for higher education in contemporary dance.



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Admiring  “Le radeau de la Méduse” by Théodore Gericault in Robin van Besien’s Art History class

Robin van Besien, Audrey Merilus, Jonas Gineika, Jean-Baptiste Portier, Luis Miguel Ramirez Munoz discuss pictorial space in Art History class.

Wai Loc Chan and Tessa Hall warm up for Contact Improvisation class with Martin Nachbar. 

Wai Loc Chan, Tessa Hall, Keren Kraizer, Synne Elve Enoksen, Cassandre Cantillon warm up for Contact Improvisation class with Martin Nachbar.

Maureen Bator and Aminata Diallo find rhythm in movement in Rhythm Class with Michel de Brulle.

Thomas Higginson serenades Rita Alves in Lucy Grauman’s Singing Class

Fabienne Seveillac, Singing teacher.

PARTS20 celebrations at Beursschouwburg