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Open House - Sunday 18/5 from 13h30 onwards
On Sunday May 18, PARTS organises its annual Open House. You can see the students at work in classes of ballet and contemporary dance. Others have an open rehearsal of their workshops, in which they are learning dfferent choreographies of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Still others present their own creations, and invite you to talk about it. The Open House is the ideal opportunity to have all your questions about PARTS answered by the staff of the school. Or maybe you prefer to hear the story of the school directly from the students themselves. At this Open House day, they will do that in no less than 31 different languages...
At 13h30 and 15h15 our students will show the visitors around in no less than 31 different languages. They will offer as many different perspectives on dance education, life, work and dancing in the Brussels metropolis. Visitors will hear directly from the dancers how they train and work in PARTS. The guided tours are also a great opportunity to discover the studios of PARTS and Rosas.
The academic year 2013-2014 is a unique turning point in the PARTS history: in September 2013 53 students started the new Training Cycle that will last 3 years from now on and in June 2014 23 students will finish the "old" Research Cycle. They will then start their professional dance career. The last months, both groups have been working in full concentration on many projects. They will present a selection of that work during 3 Saturdays in March, where you can discover their personal creations as well as the results of workshops.
Saturday 15 March 2014, 20.00
Jason Respilieux (BE), Ben Van Buren (US), Thomas Vantuycom (BE) - Wednesday
Kinga Jaczewska (PL) & Alma Toaspern (DE) - Oh, Fellia!
James McGinn (US) & Tiran Willemse (ZA) - Race caR
Bryana Fritz (US) & Hagar Tenenbaum (IL) - Two weeks notice
Saturday 22 March 2014, 20.00
Twelve angry man, directed by Carly Wijs
Directed by Kuno Bakker
Saturday 29 March 2014, 20.00
Balázs Busa (HU), Jeanne Colin (FR), Erik Eriksson (SE), Jason Respilieux (BE), Krišjānis Sants (LV), Roman Van Houtven (BE), Kathryn Vickers (US) - Ornaments. Across
Sidney Barnes (GB), Viktor Már Leifsson (IS), Sien Van Dycke (BE) - shiF
Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Rósa Ómarsdottir (IS) - Wilhelm Scream
Passing Through, result of the workshop given by David Zambrano, Nicholas Tiishang Aphane en Milan Herich, with all 53 students of the Training Cycle.
On February 1st from 13h30 onwards, PARTS and ERG (Ecole de Rcherche Graphique) organsie an afternoon with lectures and film screenings, with a.o. Akseli Virtanen, Peter Pal Pelbart, Maurizio Lazzarato, Angela Melitopolous and Sharon Lockhardt.
The event is a part of the three-day public seminart of ERG, entitles ‘Archives of the present, archeologies of the future’. This Saturday afternoon brings up discussions around the topics of power, work, politics and art and their different relations.
The afternoons kicks off with a double lecture of economist-philosopher Akseli Virtanen (FI) and philosopher Peter Pal Pelbart (BR) on new concepts of collaboration for the era after precarity, erosion of values and inflation of semiotics. Sociologist and philosopher Maurizio Lazzarato (IT) lectures on the politics of debt. And afterwards enters into dialogue with film maker Angela Melitopolous (GR) about their collaborative projects. In the evening there is a presentation of the film ‘Lunch break’ by Sharon Lockhardt and a concertby the Egyptian artist Hassan Khan. There is also a small exposition with video works by Angela Ferreira, Aernoudt Mik and Pierre Huyghe.
The afternoon takes place in Bozar in Brussels.Lectures and talks take place between 13h30 and 19h00. The film of sharon Lockhardt starts at 20h. The concert of Hassan Khan starts at 22h.
The entrance for the afternoon is free. Entrance to the film costs 4/6 euro, to the concert 10/12 euro. Reservations can be made through Bozar (www.bozar.be, rocket shop, 02 507 82 00.
For more information on the 3-day seminar, see www.erg.be.
Check the detailed program here.
In December, the students of the 4th year are heading off to the French city of Rennes. Musée de la Danse, the choreographic center directed by Boris Charmatz, invited them for a residency of two weeks.
On December 12 and 13, the students present two programs with their own creations at Le Garage.
On 22 November the Bal Moderne celebrates its 20th anniversary in La tentation in Brussels. This community dancep orjects, which has had a strong bazse in Brussels for many years, brings contmeprary dance to large groups of entohusiasrtic dancers. For the 20th anniversary a group of 20 PARTS students is involved, teaching new dances from foremr PARTS students eleanor Bauer and José Paulo dos santos (with Nanaya Eslava) to the partiicpants, next to an older dance form Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet which was never presented before in Belgium.
2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky, a composition that revolutionised the world of music and of dance. Since Vaslav Nijisnky broke with all the rules of classical dance in his choreography for les Ballets russes, the piece became a cornerstone in the history of dance in the 20th century, inspiring many choreographers to invent their own version of this wild drama.
The young choreographer Daniel Linehan, who graduated from PARTS in 2010 and has since then been very active on the international scene, stepped up to the ‘challenge’ and will direct a workshop on the Sacre for a group of 15 students of the 4th year. Assisted by pianist and conductor Alain Franco, Linehan is not seeking a new twist on the almost visual drama of the sacrifice, but instead concentrates on the peculiar qualities of the musical score, its vast diversity of materials and the different logics of putting them together.
For this project, PARTS collaborates with the Ensemble TWIS, a 35-piece orchestra from the Brussels Conservatory, directed by Vincenzo Casale, who perform an adaptation of Stavinsky’s score for piano, wind instruments and percussion.
This work-in-progress will be presented twice in the Rosas Performance Space, on October 24 and 25, at 20h.
Reservation: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 344 55 98
The number of places is limited!
This presentation can talke place with the kind support of Pianos Hanlet.
On October 15, Vredeseilanden organises its 3rd fundraising dinner at PARTS and Rosas. Vredeseilanden ('Islands of peace') is a Belgian ngo that focuses on projects dealing with sustainable agriculture in developing countries. In the Fall of 2013 they will run a campaign on the production and distribution of rice in Senegal.
The end of the summer of 2013 has put the cultural world in Belgium in a state of mourning, after the death of two sharp and authentic thinkers and writers. Dirk Lauwaert died August 10, and Marianne Van Kerkhoven passed away September 4.
Both were theory teachers in PARTS during its first years of existence.
Their classes in PARTS were just a brief moment in an hyper-active and rich life, characterized by a permanent questioning and description of the arts and the world in which art is developing.
For many years, Dirk Lauwaert was a professor at the Brussels art schools Sint-Lukas and RITS. He published thousands of articles on a wide range of topics such as photography, film, the city, the mining area, fashion and visual arts. A fearless, uncompromising writer, averse to convention, Lauwaert paved his own road, motivating his choices by content and an unremitting curiosity. With Dirk Lauwaert we lose a man who stood for a decisive and uncompromising intellectual life.
Marianne Van Kerkhoven was the founder of the political theatre company Het Trojaanse Paard (1970), cofounded the theatre magazine Etcetera (1983) and worked more than 25 years for the Kaaitheater in Brussels (1985). She collaborated as dramaturge with artists such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jan Lauwers, Josse De Pauw, Guy Cassiers, Jan Decorte, Jan Ritsema, Kris Verdonck, Pieter De Buysser, Kate McIntosch, and many others. Marianne always chose to stay in the shadow, but her influence on several generations of artists can hardly be overestimated. She was the ‘conscience of theatre’ in Flanders. She wrote many texts and articles, which can be read as a directory for the way an artist of today looks at himself, his art and the world.
For PARTS, Dirk Lauwaert and Marianne Van Kerkhoven will remain two examples of the seriousness, lucidity and intellectual power with which we want to fulfil our mission.
Marianne wrote on her role in our school: ‘I consider my work in PARTS first and foremost as helping young artists in their search for ‘a method of their own’. Developing a creative method is a very intimate and personal affair. As a teacher, one can only offer materials, matters for reflection, not recipes or acquired positions. Pedagogy should not be seen as one-directional traffic. The best pedagogy is one that ‘forgets itself’, in which both parties – teacher and student – are just ‘doing something together’.”
There is no better way to honour Dirk and Marianne than to take these words as a guide for our actions.
We're past the first month of the new year with the renewed program of the Training cycle. The 53 new students put temselves enthousiastically at work in a program that challenged them from the very first day onwards. They took dance classes with David Hernandez, Martin Kilvady (contemporary), Elisabeth Farr and Anne-Linn Akselsen (ballet), had a first series of classes in philosophy (Judith Wambacq), music analysis (David Helbich) and anatomy (Michael Barel and Eva Karczag), plus an introduction into macrobiotics by Anne Teresa De Keersmaker anda few classes macrobiotic cooking. The daily yoga (Mia Lawrence, Theodossia Stathi) and weekly singing (Lucy Grauman) and rhythm (Michel Debrulle) classes were started.
Our photographer Bart Grietens spent a few days in the school. Hereunder a selection from his impressions.
The program in September and October
No less than 53 new students started the first year of the renewed Training cycle on September 2nd. During the first two months, they have their daily dance classes with Libby Farr, Anne-Linn Akselsen, Benoît Caussé (ballet), David Hernandez, Martin Kilvady, Juliette Mapp and Dominique Duszynski (contemporary), a mix of teachers who have been at PARTS for a very long time and younger names. The students also start their daily yoga classes with Mia Lawrence, Theodossia Stathi and Stephane Bourhis, and their weekly music classes with Lucy Grauman (singing) and Michel Debrulle (rhythm).
In the afternoons, the students follow classes in philosophy with Judith Wambacq and dance history with Bojana Cvejic. There is a new music analysis course with composer David Helbich and a new approach of anatomy with Michael Barel (theory) and Eva Karczag (experiential anatomy). William Forsythe’s Improvisation technologies has been on the program of he 1st year for a long time, but is taught this year by mostly new teachers, all former dancers of Forsythe’s company: Prue Lang, Ayman Harper and Fabrice Mazliah. The composition workshop is taught by Johanne Saunier and David Hernandez, and Martin Nachbar teachers a workshop contact improvisation.
The students of the 4th year have dance classes with Martin Kilvady and Juliette Mapp, and yoga with Theodossia Stathi and Mia Lawrence. They start their workshop program with two short and intensive workshops: Jonathan Burrows and Jan Ritsema collaborate for the first time in almost ten years and guide the students through a process of reflection and collective experimentation. The young film makers Elias Grootaers and Gerard-Jan Claes organise a seminar on documentary film. In October, PARTS contributes to the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘Sacre du Printemps’ with a creation led by Daniel Linehan in collaboration with dramaturge Alain Franco and with an orchestra from the Brussels Conservatory, directed by Vincenzo Casale. In the same period a group of students work on their own creations. There are also a number of theoretical seminars, on visuals arts with Jeroen Laureyns and on dance and performing arts with Bojana Cvejic and Christophe Wavelet.
Opening ceremony September 2
On September 2, the new school year at PARTS opened with a ceremony. Deputy director Theo Van Rompay welcomed the 53 new students of het Training cycle and the 24 students who enter their final year of the Research cycle, with a.o. a brief history of the school. A remarkable fact is that the youngest among the new students were only born after PARTS was founded, shedding a whole new light on the history and the future of the school! In the freshly renovated surroundings of the PARTS studios director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker held a beautiful speech, musing about the quest and the process of learning art through a series of contrasts and paradoxes to which a young artist will need to relate him- or herself.
Jean-Luc Plouvier of the Ictus ensemble provided a musical intermezzo, playing three short pieces by John Cage for prepared piano ('The Perilous Night', 'A Room for Piano', en 'Seven Haiku'), which were part of the Rosas piece ‘Just before’ back in 1997. Afterwards, all students, teachers, staff members and dancers of PARTS and Rosas introduced themselves to one another. The ceremony was closed with a reception and a delicious lunch prepared by the new kitchen team directed by Arnaud Tabary.
Since Spring 2013, the P.A.R.T.S. building has been under construction. We are now in the final phase of the works, and to show you all a little bit of the way things look around here, we posted some pictures here.
Holidays are over, P.A.R.T.S. is getting ready to return to its normal routine, and to welcome 53 new students!
Summer Studios 2013
As we are doing renovation works to the school buildings, we decided not to organise a SummerSchool this year.
However, Rosas and PARTS make their studios available to choreographers in July and August.
On 27, 28 and 29 June, P.A.R.T.S. organised its Summer Student Performances. The 26 students of the Research Cycle showed the creations they have been making the last couple of months, in three different programs. They danced the repertory piece Solo Olos by Trisha Brown, and a new creation of the Dutch choreographer Robert Steijn. They also presented a wide selection from their own work.
Thursday 27 June 2013, 20.00
Solo Olos: Manuela Aranguibel Molano (VE)/Roman Van Houtven (BE), Balázs Busa (HU), Erik Eriksson (SE), Tiran Willemse (ZA)
Before and after the performances:
180 candidates are participating to the Final audition for the school year 2013-14. They have all been chosen at one of the 31 pre-selections (see separate article). While participation to a pre-selection costs 10 euro, the Final audition is free of charge. The goal of the Final audition is to offer all participants a solid and exciting learning experience, totally in line with the ambitions of the school. Regardless a candidate is (not) chosen as a student, the Final audition aims to be an event they will not slightly forget.
The Final audition opens with a welcome to all, and a presentation of teachers, jury members, staff and audition team, on Tuesday May 7, 9:30 am.
During the first round all the participants will have three sessions of 90 minutes each on learning phrase material of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Drumming (1998). The sessions are conducted by three Rosas dancers, who all have studied in PARTS in the 1990’s: Marta Coronado (joined Rosas in 1998 and is dancing Drumming until present), Clinton Stringer (2000-2009 with Rosas) and Taka Shamoto (1997-2007 with Rosas, later also Needcompany and Fieldworks).
Besides the dance classes there are three other tasks to be fulfilled:
By Friday afternoon the jury will make a first selection. The jury of the first round is composed of Anne-Linn Akselsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (director), Christine De Smedt, Libby Farr, Femke Gyselinck, Salva Sanchis, Gabriël Schenker, Jakub Truszkowski and Theo Van Rompay (president of the jury).
For the second round the remaining candidates are divided over four groups. All four groups have a long working session of four hours, starting late afternoon on Friday, May 10. The goal is to create a new one minute solo. Before the session starts everyone gets a personalised task. Each group will be coached by Anne-Linn Akselsen, Christine De Smedt, Salva Sanchis or Jakub Truszkowski. They will help the dancers to articulate their solo. All solos will be danced for the jury on Sunday May 12, as the last part of the Final audition.
Further there will be a new theatre session during the second round. Tiago Rodrigues will give short and sharp tasks, to be performed in front of the full jury. While in the first round the participants had to present a theatre text, which they had to learn by heart in the week before the Final audition, in the second round the focus is more on instant decision making and playing together.
In between the classes and rehearsals all the groups will have collective talks, moderated by the choreographers (and former PARTS students) Ula Sickle and Andros Zins-Browne.
The Final audition ends on Sunday May 12, 7 pm. The final jury will be composed of Anne-Linn Akselsen, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (director), Christine De Smedt, Salva Sanchis, Jakub Truszkowski, and Theo Van Rompay (president of the jury). They will select 50 students.
The results are communicated to the participants on Wednesday, May 15.
All participants can have an individual feedback on the Final audition, via a private phone conversation with a jury member, between May 20 and June 7, 2013.
(May 6, 2013)
In April, the PARTS students dive again into the New York dance scene, this time through two repertoire and reconstruction projects that go back to the Seventies.
A group of 12 students works on ‘Solo Olos’ by Trisha Brown, from 1975. The British dance historian Ramsay Burt gave a one-week seminar on the art historical context of Brown’s work in the 60s and 70s. Then Diane Madden comes to work on ‘Solo Olos’ with the dancers. The Trisha Brown repertoire is a regular part of the curriculum of the 3rd year, but it is only the second time we work with a different piece than the evergreen ‘Set and Reset’.
14 other students are involved in a workshop on ‘Continuous Project Altered Daily, a project by Yvonne Rainer from 1970. The project is directed by Christophe Wavelet and Xavier Le Roy, and it is organised in collaboration with the Brussels art school ERG. 10 young visual artists studying at ERG are also implied in the project. The workshop also has a number of remarkable guest lecturers, such as Dirk Snauwaert (Wiels), Babette Mangolte (film maker from New York), Philippe-Alain Michaux (curator at Centre Pompidou), Raphael Pirenne (art historian), Berno Odo Polzer (dramaturge and curator), Paul Sztulman (art historian), Camille Pageard (art historian ) and Catherine David (curator).
The results of the Yvonne Rainer workshop will be presented to the public during three informal showings at the Kaaitheaterstudios in Brussels, on Thursday May 2 (20.30), Friday May 3 (18.00) and Saturday May 4 (18.00).
In a few days, the students will return to Brussels, after a two months' stay in Senegal and America. They have had an inspiring, challenging and enriching time, which you can read all about on their blog www.partsacrosscontinents.blogspot.be.
Program students in New York and Vermont
Week 1 (7-11 January)
On 24 February, the student Charles Ngombengombe will perform his solo MUZIM. He created that solo for P.A.R.T.S. in 2012 and has performed it a couple of times afterwards as well.This Sunday, you can go and see him at PACTT Dance Festival, a cultural, cross-borders collaboration between Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and Germany.
For more information and tickets, click here.
Student Performances Winter 2012
In September 2012, 26 students started the Research Cycle: 17 students came from the Training Cycle, and 9 new students were selected in the international auditions of Spring 2012. Together, they are generation X.
P.A.R.T.S. Student Performances Winter 2012
Friday 21 December, 20.00u
In January and February 2013, PARTS organises a special residency project in its studios. Since all the PARTS students are abroad in this period, PARTS opens up its 5 studio spaces for young choreographers to create and develop work – rehearsals, creation, research, from January 2 until February 22.
The Winter Studios offer 5 professional dance studios (from 84 m2 to 240 m2), with sprung floor, mirrors, sound installation, TV and dvd-player.
The PARTS kitchen offers a macrobiotic lunch for 5€, if you register beforehand.
If you are interested to come and work in the studios, send us an email before December 1st.
The number of spaces is limited. The earlier you react, the more chance we can offer you the space and time you are looking for!
For more information and sending your proposals, contact Marieke Goetinck.
The Winter Studios are organised with the support of the network DEPARTS. DEPARTS is funded by the European Commission (Culture program).
TRACES - a public event at WIELS Contemporary Art GalleryTRACES: tracing the “I” a public event at WIELS Contemporary Art Gallery, was the conclusion of a 3 week workshop with 11 students, led by Mia Lawrence. The workshop moved from an intimate practice of self observation, meditation, and discussion to a public sharing of movement practices emerging from explorations in physical states and embodied image. In an atmosphere of quiet presence, events and images appeared and disappeared, part of the public space, to be watched continually or intermittently. To conclude, the students had one on one, personal encounters with people in the museum cafe.
Photos: Bart Grietens
In the middle of October, Lucinda Childs showed her performance Dance, from 1979, in Brussels. The students of P.A.R.T.S. went to Kaaitheater to see the performance, and received Lucinda Childs in school on Saturday 13 October.
P.A.R.T.S. decided to invite Lucinda Childs for a conversation moderated by Michel Uytterhoeven. Uytterhoeven, at that time director of the dance festival Klapstuk in Leuven, was the first one to have Childs perform in Belgium in 1985, and thus he proved to be the moderator par excellence.
On Friday evening 12 October the audience and the students could already participate in an aftertalk, but on Saturday 13 October, they nevertheless discovered other aspects of Childs’s work during the talk in the school.
It most certainly was a very interesting experience!
Photo: Barts Grietens
A week ago schools all over the world opened their gates after a long and relaxing holiday to welcome old and new students. The same happened at P.A.R.T.S.: on 3 September generation X started its first year of Research Cycle.
Student performances September 2012
After the success of the Student Performances Summer 2012 in Antwerp, the students of P.A.R.T.S. will open the school year with a reprise of the repertory pieces Achterland and A Love Supreme, together with some of their solos, this time in Brussels! On 6, 7 and 8 September they will perform in the Rosas Performance Space in Forest.
Achterland – cast 1
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Balázs Busa (HU), Jeanne Colin (FR), Alexandra Dolgova (RU), Taha Ghauri (GB), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Rósa Omarsdóttir (IS), Krišj?nis Sants (LV), Kathryn Vickers (US)
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A Love Supreme – cast 1
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A Love Supreme – cast 2
This Summer PARTS organises its fourth SummerSchool - July 2-27, four weeks, Monday to Friday.
SummerSchool offers the opportunity to a large community of dancers to take classes with faculty members and guest teachers of PARTS. Technical classes take place in the morning; in the afternoon a choice can be made between workshops in composition and improvisation, and workshops on the repertoire of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
Morning classes include ballet and contemporary dance. The teachers are Anne-Linn Akselsen, Douglas Becker, Dominique Duszynski, Libby Farr, Ayman Harper, David Hernandez, Matej Kejzar, Roberto Olivan, Rasmus Olme, Francesco Scavetta, Clinton Stringer, and Sandy Williams.
Workshops will be taught by Anne-Linn Akselsen, Jonathan Burrows, Michel Debrulle, Thomas Hauert, David Hernandez, Matej Kejzar, Martin Kilvady, Adrian Minkowicz, Martin Nachbar, Roberto Olivan, Johanne Saunier, and Francesco Scavetta.
Several repertoire pieces of Rosas can be studied, i.e. Drumming, Elena’s Aria, Grosse Fuge, Rain, and Zeitung. Teachers include Nordine Benchorf, Alix Eynaudi, Nadine Ganase, Mark Lorimer, Taka Shamoto, Igor Shysko, Clinton Stringer, and Sandy Williams.
SummerSchool offers classes and workshops mainly for dance amateurs (basic level) and dance students (medium level). Some classes and workshops however require an advanced level.
Basic level: you have little experience in taking dance classes. Or maybe it will even be your first dance class ever…
Sunday 24 June was D-day for the students of generation IX: they would receive their PARTS diplomas and be leaving the school for the first time as ex-students…
It was a drizzly Sunday afternoon, that 24 June. The rain and wind showed Brussels’s greyest side, when the students, their parents and friends gathered together, each and all put on one’s best. After four years of intensive dancing and training, doing research and creating, they would finally receive the one and only PARTS diploma.After everybody took their seats in one of the studios, for the occasion redecorated as a ceremony location, Theo Van Rompay, deputy director of the school, opened the graduation with a short speech.
Right after that speech, the students of generation X received their Training Certificate from Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, director of the school.
The school also invited a guest speaker: this year, the stage was given to Joost Vandecasteele, a Belgian writer, director and stand-up-comedian. His speech, in which he wishes the 16 graduating Research students of generation IX the best for the future, can be read here. The students and their guests, as well as all the other people present, were visibly enjoying those wishes, brought with the right balance between witty truth and a touch of humorius irony. Chuckles and outbursts of laughter spontaneously filled the place.
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was the last to speak. She asked the students three questions, with which she herself is confronted in interviews rather often: can dance save the world? Why, of all the different art forms, did you choose performance arts? And why did you choose dance specifically? The fresh ex-students should keep on asking themselves those question throughout their career.
And then, finally, the moment was there: the official handing over of the PARTS diplomas. Of the 35 students that started the Training Cycle in 2008, and the two students who joined the Research Cycle in 2010, 16 graduated last Sunday: Polina Akhmetzyanova, Eleanor Campbell, Louis Combeaud, José Paulo dos Santos, Camille Durif Bonis, Néstor García Díaz, Pavle Heidler, Youness Khoukhou, Védís Kjartansdóttir, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Radouan Mriziga, Alma Palacios, Siet Raeymaekers, Mohamed Toukabri, Michiel Vandevelde and Cyriaque Villemaux.
The day ended with a delicious buffet made by our own chef Wendy Contrino and her kitchenteam, and a party never to forget.
Students who received the Training Certificate (generation X)
Graduating students of the Research Cycle (generation IX)
Photos: Barts Grietens
The students of the fourth year (Generation IX) end their education with the creation of graduation pieces. This year, all students made six personal works, bewteen duet and quintet. A new geenration of young choreographers and dancers is ready for the world, presenting a broad palette of possible approaches to dance. six dufferent pieces present as many different types of composition, theatricality and movement.
The six peices will be shown at the audiences in Belgian and international theatres and festivals, in three different programs which also include a re-run of the repertoire project 'Zeitung/ fragments' and two peronal works created earlier.
Programme 1: Natural order is a special case by Louis Combeaud & Vedis Kjartansdottir // 111-1 by José Paulo dos Santos, Youness Khoukhou, Radouan Mriziga & Mohamed Toukabri // Now and Then, Here and There by Nestor Garcia Diaz, with Polina Akhmetzyanova, Camile Durif Bonis, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Siet Raeymaekers, Cyriaque Villemaux
Programme 2: “Behind the sun,” he repeated, “where Everything is Everything else”. by Pavle Heidler & Eleanor Campbell / shipibo- by Polina Akhmetzyanova & Alma Palacios / Zeitung/fragments by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Alain Franco, with Louis Combeaud, José Paulo dos Santos, Youness Khoukhou, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Radouan Mriziga, Mohamed Toukabri
Programma 3: HangHang by Renan Martins de Oliveira with Anne-Laure Dogot & Renan Martins de Oliveira / EN by Camille Durif Bonis & Cyriaque Villemaux, with Polina Akhmetzyanova, Eleanor Campbell, Louis Combeaud, Camille Durif Bonis, José Paulo dos Santos, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Pavle Heidler, Youness Khoukhou, Védis Kjartansdottir, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Radouan Mriziga, Alma Palacios, Siet Raeymaekers, Mohamed Toukabri, Michiel Vandevelde, Cyriaque Villemaux / G#$*&!/Disagreement?/How to dance things with doing by Camille Durif Bonis, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Siet Raeymaekers, Michiel Vandevelde & Cyriaque Villemaux
STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven May 15
Aktovy Zal, Moscow, Russia (organisation: International Center for Dance and Performance TSEKH) May 18-20
De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands May 24-25-26
Concertgebouw,Bruges May 29-30
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal (organisation: Alkantarafestival): June 6-7-9
Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent June 14-15-16
Kaaitheaterstudio's, Brussels June 20-21-23-24-26-27
Dansand festival, Ostend June 30
PACT Zollverein - Choreographisches Zentrum NRW, Essen Germany July 6-7
Tanz im August/ HAU3, Berlin, Germany August 12-13
Dans l'Afrique Danse festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
iDans festival, Istanbul, Turkey
Student performances Summer 2012 in Antwerp - June 13-16
The Student Performances Summer 2012 will exceptiopnally take place in Antwerp this year. At the invitation of arts center Villanella, the students of the 2nd year occupy the stage at DE Studio for four days. They will present repertoire and a selection of their solos.
The program can be found underneath.
Maïté Jeannolin (FR) – Drifting
Charles Ngombengombe (ZW) - MUZIM
Taha Ghauri (GB) - The Devil's Workshop
Achterland – cast 1
Balázs Busa (HU), Jeanne Colin (FR), Peter De Vuyst (BE), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Rósa Omarsdóttir (IS), Krišj?nis Sants (LV), Sara Leah Tan Siyin (SG), Esse Vanderbruggen (BE)
András Déri (HU) - Me, Myself and I
Bryana Fritz (US) - Birds
Ben McEwen (GB) - Like a complete unknown
Christoffer Schieche (SE) - "Die Hamletmaschine by Christoffer Schieche"
Achterland - cast 2
Jeanne Colin (FR), Alexandra Dolgova (RU), Inga Huld Hákonardóttir (IS), Rósa Omarsdóttir (IS), Camille Prieux (FR), Roman Van Houtven (BE), Alexander Vantournhout (BE), Kathryn Vickers (US)
Erik Eriksson - Dimaryp
Jeanne Colin - Woman Reading in Bed
Nathan Jardin - Comes a fire, then you know just what to do
Rósa Omarsdóttir - Not Far From Belle Reve
Kathryn Vickers - Creative Property
Achterland – cast 3
Peter De Vuyst - Life, Section 11
Camille Prieux - One (Un)
Inga Huld Hákonardóttir - Do humans dream of android sleep?
Thanks: Andros Zinz Browne, Ben McEwen, Bryana Fritz, Christoffer Schieche, Karel Burssens, Katie Vickers, Rósa Ómarsdóttir
Krišj?nis Sants – Auseklis
From Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 May deSingel organises its annual dance and performance festival BougeB. This fifth edition will be fully taken up by P.A.R.T.S., with creations from ex-students and current students.
During four days, you will see dancers that graduated in 2002, 2006,2008 and 2010: Jurij Konjar, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Albert Quesada en Veli Lehtivaara respectively. They will perform solos or duets witlh dancers whom they met during their dance career: Vera Tussing and Petra Söör.
On Thursday 10 May, the current P.A.R.T.S.-students of the tenth generation will take over the stage. They will show works made for the project danceXmusic, that was in January organised for the second time as cooperation between P.A.R.T.S. and La Monnaie, together with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
On Saturday 12 May the Research Cycle students of P.A.R.T.S. will perform their graduation pieces in a marathon in Monty, Antwerp. That premiere is the start of their national and international graduation tour, with which they end their curriculum in P.A.R.T.S.
Info and tickets: www.desingel.be
Within the framework of the “Week of the Art at School” in Charleroi, the CDEWJ (Centre Dramatique de Wallonie pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) invited two students of P.A.R.T.S. to perform the choreography they created in January for danceXmusic2.
During four days, from 7 to 11 May, students of 2,5 to 20 years old meet students of other schools from different regions in Wallonia to exchange experiences and to meet other artists, who for the occasion are invited to talk about their work, or to reveal extracts of their work-in-progress.
The CDWEJ invited Ben McEwen and Krišj?nis Sants to perform their work Construct on 7 and 8 May. They made a choreography on op Sergey Prokofievs Adagio - String Quartet N°2 in F Major.
More information: www.cdwej.be
Throughout the academic year, P.A.R.T.S. will open its doors on certain Fridays for young dancers interested in participating in the auditions. On such days, the school shows its daily routine: one can see students and teachers working together in specific courses, and get information about the school and the auditions. You will be able to be present during the classes, but it is not possible to actively participate in the courses!
The amount of participants is limited, so make sure to register in advance!
An Open Friday starts at 09.30 with a short introduction. Until 12.50 you will be able to attend the technical classes (ballet and contemporary dance) of the Training and Research Cycle.
It will, occasionally, also be possible to partly witness the afternoon workshops, but that will only shortly in advance be communicated to the people who registered for that day.
Attention: please make sure to be present at 09.30! For practical reasons, it is not possible to admit people that arrive late.
You can send an e-mail to email@example.com to enroll. Do not forget to mention the date of your preference!
The Open Fridays will take place on the following days, with the following classes:
Dan Graham at Bozar & PARTS March 25-26/3/2012
The visual arts school ERG, PARTS and Bozar organise a presentation by Dan Graham at Bozar, on Sunday March 25. Dan Graham presents the performance 'Lax/relax' (1969) and the film installation 'Helix/spiral' (1973).
A conceptual artist, critic and theorist, Dan Graham (United States, 1942) has been one of the major figures in contemporary art for more than 40 years. Through hisvast body of work including performances, photographs, films, videos, sculptures, texts and installations, Dan Graham has developed a fundamental reflection on the historical, social and ideological functions of contemporary cultural systems, in which architecture, music and television play a key role. Refusing to compartmentalise art and opting to study and embrace new urban popular culture, he has written many texts on rock music and worked with groups including Sonic Youth, Minor Threat and Japanther, as well as producing the video Rock My Religion (1984). In the 1970s Graham turned to the new film and video technologies in his installations and performances which actively involve the viewer in reflecting on the relationship between public and private, performer and audience, objectivity and subjectivity, as well as on language and social dynamics. His famous glass and steel pavilions, public works of art disseminated throughout the world since the 1980s, are a radical means of bringing the relationship between the spectator and the work of art into play. They create spaces that disturb the spectator’s perception of the environment and prompt a questioning of his own position.
On Monday, March 26, Dan Graham will conduct a working session with students of ERG and PARTS.
Performance in Bozar, Sunday March 25, 14.30 - Info and tickets: www.bozar.be
Presentation at 'L'entretien infini' March 6, 2012
The visual art school ERG organises a 3-day symposium at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, March 5-6-7, with lectures, debates and performances, around possible dialogues between art and science. ERG invited Christophe Wavelet to present PARTS in this context. Entitled 'Écoles des gestes, gestes de l’école : un montage performatif', the presentation consists of two performances by PARTS students (FR EN by Cyriaque Villemaux and Camille Durif Bonis and Now and then, here and there by Nestor Garcia Diaz), screenings of repertoire work and a dialogue between Christophe Wavelet and PARTS teachers on the idea of transmitting knowledge.
Les Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels, Tuesday March 6 at 19h. Free entrance to the whole event. Click here for the full program of the event.
Open House Saturday 11 February 2012
Saturday 11 February, P.A.R.T.S is organising an Open House for everybody wanting to take a look behind the scenes of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s international school of contemporary dance.
That day, you have the opportunity to watch some open courses or to get one of the guided tours in 14 different languages.
13:45 – 15:00
15:30 – 16:45
Guided Tours in 14 languages
At 13.30 and 15.15 our students will guide visitors in no less than 14 different languages. They will offer as many perspectives on dance education, life, work and dance in the Brussels metropolis. Thus visitors will learn at first hand how these young dancers are training and working in P.A.R.T.S.
danceXmusic 2: January 18-22, 2012
Following the success of danceXmusic in Spring 2010, La Monnaie and PARTS join together in a new project allowing the students to create works as dancers and choreographers in professional conditions with the participation of soloists from La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra and the young vocalists of the Queen Elisabeth Chapel. After the contemporary music heard in the first edition, the repertoire of the late 19th century and early 20th century will constitute the musical material fordanceXmusic 2 for the students in second and fourth years.
PARTS invited young choreographers Etienne Guilloteau and Claire Croizé to create a piece for nine dancers from the 4th year. They chose to work with the first string quartet of Anton Webern and developed their piece in close collaboration with pianist and dramaturge Alain Franco. Nestor Garcia Diaz and Renan Oliveira, also students of the 4th year, both created pieces on songs by Johannes Brahms.
The students of the 2nd year all created duets, working with composers such as Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Bohuslav Martinu, Sergei Prokofiev, Dimitri Shostakovitch, Eugène Ysaye, Francis Poulenc, Josef Suk, and Igor Stravinsky.
The series consists of several different programmes. The performances take place at the Malibran Hall in the Ateliers of De Munt/La Monnaie (Leopoldstraat 23, 1000 Brussels), on January 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 20h, and on January 22 at 15h. See below for the details of the programmes.
Tickets can be reserved through De Munt/La Monnaie: phone 070 23 39 39, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the website or the box office.
Thursday, January 19:
Friday January 20
Saturday January 21
Sunday, January 22
photos: Bart Grietens
November 2011 - Parliament Without Words - Eleanor Bauer
On November 26 and 27, the P.A.R.T.S. students can be seen with choreographer and performer Eleanor Bauer in Parliament Without Words. This performance is part of the festival Spoken World – Powers of Speech of Kaaitheatre.
In a festival that concentrates on the word, the choreographer and performer Eleanor Bauer is launching a counter-movement: what lies behind the words? She will set up a parliament without words together with students from PARTS.
If language is what separates humans from nonhumans, what happens when we take it away? The purpose of a parliament without words is to close this gap between humans and nonhumans, to exercise our direct relationship to things as "vibrant matter" (borrowing the words of Jane Bennett) and to experience our own bodies as such, in order to look at and convene with our physical world in an intelligent and intimate way. In a parliament without words, perhaps things and beings are mutually affective and affected.
A parliament's work creates and assigns values and meanings to material things outside and inside the parliament itself. What would happen in a parliament that relates to things not in terms of their names and the utility assigned them by humans, but as fellow members of the assembly? What would happen if those things had a voice in the conversation? The power of things as actants is happening without us, with or without our acknowledgement, with or without our giving them a voice, with or without our anthropomorphic empathy. But if we want to discover a new relationship with things, we have to start somewhere, however extreme. Parliament without words is an experiment to see how we are changing and changed by things.
For more information: www.kaaitheater.be
November 2011 - Passing Through in Buda, Kortrijk
November 10, Ronny Delrue will defend his doctoral thesis in the centre of the arts Buda in Kortrijk. On that occasion, PARTS students will be performing Passing Through.
The performance connects very well with the opening of the exhibition Het onbewaakte moment #1 and #2 by Ronny Delrue in the Broelmuseum and in the Roger Raveel Museum. The exhibition resulted from the research in the visual arts Delrue conducted for his doctoral thesis, which he will defend on 10 November. The improvisation of David Zambrano and PARTS in fact is a perfect illustration of the ‘orderly disorder’ which Delrues research constitutes.
October 2011 - Former PARTS students at Move Me and Amperdans
The last week of October, two dance festivals will take place in Leuven and Antwerp, at which former PARTS students will play a prominent role.
STUK in Leuven is organizing Move Me, with choreographers from different PARTS generations, coming from all over the world. You will see creations by Milan Tomasik, Charlotte Van den Eynde, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Marlene Freitas and Eleanor Bauer.
At Stuk from 25 to 28 October. For more information: www.stuk.be
The new edition of Amperdans takes place at Monty, Antwerp. Work of Franziska Aigner, Fabian Barba, Charlotte Van den Eynde and Benjamin Vandewalle (all former PARTS students) will be presented, together with other creations.
At Monty from 26 to 29 October. For more information: www.amperdans.eu
October 2011 - Vredeseilanden & PARTS: The farmer effect
The flemish ngo Vredeseilanden and PARTS and Rosas collaborate on the occasion of the launch of the campaign 'The farmer effect', which focuses on sustainable agriculture in developing countries and sustainable food consumption here.
On Thursday, October 13, Vredeseilanden organises a fundraising diner in the studios of PARTS. The menu is prepared by the kitchen team of PARTS and Rosas and stresses the culinary potential of food produced in sustainable ways, of which the macrobiotic kitchen at PARTS and Rosas is a nice example. The diner is open for 120 guests, who could sign up for a tabe of 10 at the price of 2000 euro. All places are taken.
On Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, Vredeseilanden organises a colloquium and a public event at the Museum M in Leuven. On Saturday October 15 at 14h, PARTS students open the event by dancing David Zambrano's choreography Passing through at the Ladeuze Square in Leuven.
For more information on the campaign, the colloquium and the event, visit www.vredeseilanden.be
October 2011 - PARTS students perform at the Bâtard festival
Two PARTS students have been invited to participate in the Bâtard festival, which focuses on beginning performing artists. The festival runs from October 19 until 22, and presents different parcours with each time two or three different pieces. Nestor Garcia Diaz presents Now and then, here and there and The secret of a meaningful piece on October 19, 20 and 22. Cyriaque Villemaux and Camille Durif Bonis present Waiting for the Phlebitis, a 24 hour performance starting October 21 at 16h. All parcours start at Beursschouwburg.
June 2011 - Student Performances Summer 2011 at Bronks theatre
The Centre national de Danse contemporaine in Angers organises the second edition of the event 'Schols', in which students and teachers from several dance schools in Europe and beyond exchange experiences and practices. PARTS sends sixteen students of the Research Cycle and teachers/coordinators Salva Sanchis and Steven De Belder, who will work with students and teachers from CNDC (Angers, FR), Laban (Londen, UK), Forum Dança (Lissabon, PT), SNDO (Amsterdam, NL), Bennington College (Vermont, USA), University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm, SE), CDC (Toulouse, FR), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse (Lyon, FR), Ecole Supérieure de Beaux Arts Nantes Métropole (Nantes, FR), Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (Berlin, DE), Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (Istanbul, TR), ex.er.c.ce (Montpellier, FR), Ecole supérieure de Beaux Arts (Angers, Fr), en SEAD (Salzburg, AT). Next to workshops, debates and informal showings there will also be two public performances. On Tuesday, June 14 Nestor Garcia Diaz presents the quintet Now and then, Here and there. Six other students perform a version of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's Zeitung on Thursday, June 16.
June 2011 - Student Performances Summer 2011 at Bronks theatre
The Student Performances Summer 2011 are the classic end-of-the-year event in which the students show a selection of the works they have created in the past semester: repertoire and personal work. This year, the performances will take place at Bronks, in the center of Brussels. There will be performances on June 21, 22, 24 and 25, starting at 8pm.
Solo by Bara Sigfusdottir
Solo in Bronks by Alma Palacios
B.I.P.by Vedis Kjartansdottir & Victor Perez Armero
PARTS students grow their own vegetables
Sustainable development and respect for nature and body are an important cornerstone of the pedagogical project of PARTS.
Dees & Lepage will
May 2011 - KunstenfestivaldesArts 2011
The international performing arts festival KunstenfestivaldesArts is up and running, and will soon present some familiar faces on the Brussels stages. ZOO/Thomas Hauert's latest group piece You've changed will have its Brussels premiere and features a cast of seven dancers who all have a connection to PARTS, either as former student or as teacher. Next to this, there will be the world premiere of the new solo by Charlotte Vanden Eynde, and there are students, former students and teachers involved in performances by Eszter Salamon and Boris Charmatz.
May 2011 - PARTS students perform at the opening of the MAS - Museum aan de Stroom
May 2011: performance in Venice
In June 2010, PARTS was awarded the Silver Lion of the Venice Biennale for Dance. Following the award came an invitaiton to perform at the Biennale Dance 2011 which takes place May 10-15. PARTS will present 'project, don't look now' by Xavier Le Roy and Mårten Spångberg and twelve dancers from the Research Cycle. The piece is a re-creation of 'project' from 2003, and deals with choreography through game-playing and its rules, exploring the relationships that are built, the processes, the outcome and how it is received.
Sunday May 15, 20h00, Teatro Piccolo Arsenale.
May 2011 - Former PARTS students direct rehearsals at the Paris Opera Ballet
On May 25, the Ballet of the Paris Opera opens their version of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's 'Rain'. One of the largest ballet companies in the world is staging this Rosas classic from 2001. Former PARTS students Jakub Truszkowski, Marta Coronado and Clinton Stringer, who were all part of the original cast of 'Rain', have been rehearsing the piece together wit Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and other Rosas dancers.
Check the short clip at the Paris Opera website.
April 2011: showings
Just before the Easter holiday, the students of the Research Cycle finished a block in which they created personal work or participated in the repertoire workshop around Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's 'Zeitung', led by Mark Lorimer. Some pictures by Bart Grietens:
Janet Panetta, one of the main ballet teachers at PARTS since many years, is featured in theNew York Times with a big interview.