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In September 2013, P.A.R.T.S. started an ambitious and fundamental re-organisation of its pedagogical structure: Training cycle will from now on last 3 years (previously 2 years) and Research cycle, still 2 years, will be organized from February to November (previously from September to June).
- The new Training program consists of the former 2 years of Training cycle, plus the first year of the previous 2 year Research Cycle. There is place in the Training program for around 50 dancers. Only once in three years auditions are organized. In September 2013 a group of 53 dancers started their 3 year Training program. A next group will start in September 2016.
- The new Research program, now called Research Studios, still consists of 2 years, but it offers a totally new program. There is place for only 12 participants. The new program will be fully operational from February 2017, and its first edition will run until November 2018. To prepare for the new Research program, PARTS will organize in 2015 and 2016 a pilot program of Research Studios.
RESEARCH STUDIOS is a new research program for choreographers and dramaturges with a MA degree and/or some years of professional experience, who want to research and develop their choreographic language. It is an environment that offers reflection and studio experimentation, exchange and collaboration with other artists, with a general theme framing the research work. The program starts officially in 2016-17 and is preceded by two pilot projects.
The second pilot project will start August 25, 2015, and run until November 25, 2016, in three clusters of four months each. Its focus is ‘Choreography, performance, sound, music’
Each cluster consists of workshops, seminars, master classes and lectures by the coordinators and invited choreographers, theoreticians, composers etc., and provides ample studio time to develop choreographic practices close or less close to the research topic.
Cluster #1: Polyphony of voices, polyphony of spaces, polyphony of fields – conceived and guided by Alain Franco and deufert&plischke
Cluster #2: Time and rhythm – conceived and guided by Bojana Cvejic and Tom Engels
Cluster #3: On the musical body – conceived and guided by Tom Pauwels and Gabriel Schenker
In 2013 PARTS created RE:Zeitung, an adaptation of the Rosas creation Zeitung of 2009, together with six dancers who had then just graduated. After a successful tour in the season of 2013-2014, they will bring the creation RE:Zeitung also in the 2014-2015 season on different places, both national and international. In this season a slightly modified cast will bring the reworked version of the repertory piece: Mohamed Toukabri (generation 9) will be replaced by the recently graduated Jason Respilieux (generation 10).
Re:Zeitung will be performed both as a school performance and in regular evening programs, open to the public. In some places, the music will be played live by Alain Franco, who created the original piece together with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
You can find the exact locations and dates of Re:Zeitung underneath.
- 6-7 October 2014: De Warande, Turnhout (BE)
- 12-13 October 2014: Think Big! Festival, Munich (DE)
- 18 October 2014: Le Vivat, Armentières (FR)
- 2 November 2014: CDTM Circuito Campano della Danza, Avellino (IT)
- 6-7 November 2014: TU-Nantes, Nantes (FR)
- 12-13 February 2015: Opéra National de Paris, Paris (FR)
PARTS graduate Thibault Lac has been dancing with New York choreographer Trajall Harrell in different versions of his 'Twenty looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church'. On the occasion of a presentation of all these pieces at The Kitchen, Tim Out New York made a long interview with Thibault. He reflects back on his education in PARTS:
"Some people got to P.A.R.T.S. after a proper, professional dance education, but it was my first, so it was all very new. I had a great time. It was rich and people came from all over the world. What I was getting exposed to was all new—culturally and artistically. We were learning both vertically, from the teachers to the students—and we had experienced, amazing teachers from different kinds of backgrounds—and horizontally. The community of students was very vibrant. This thing of versatility that’s present in Trajal’s work, I think was already there—I was very attracted to being able to switch from one class with a Pina Bausch dancer to a class with a William Forsythe dancer. I was learning about dance history physically through the body, and I was also accepting those different identities, like, Oh, now I’m going to think about the body this way, and I’m going to approach movement this way."
To read the whole interview, see http://www.timeout.com/newyork/dance/q-a-thibault-lac-talks-about-dancing-with-trajal-harrell