September 4, 2015: PARTS is 20 years old!

On September 4, 2015, it’s exactly 20 years ago that PARTS opened its doors. This will be celebrated throughout the coming year.
In the Summer of 1994, choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Bernard Foccroulle, then director of the national opera De Munt/La Monnaie, decided to start a new school for contemporary dance. Hardly a year later, the school became fact, with a first generation of 30 students coming form different continents.
On September 4, 1995, the opening of the school was celebrated, with special guest choreographer Pina Bausch , who was one of the reference artists in the construction of the programme, alongside William Forsythe and Trisha Brown.The buildings of PARTS and Rosas, which had only been acquired in the Summer of 1995, were still in full transformation at that time.

The celebration year ‘PARTS20’ will start on September 8 with an academic session at the occasion of the start of the new school year, with speeches by former minister of Education Frank Vandenbroucke, director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, president Hugo Degreef, teachers, students and former students.
After September 8, we will publish more information about the public activities of PARTS20.


Heritage Days September 19 and 20

PARTS and Rosas participate in the Heritage Days of the Brussels Capital Region, which are dedicated to the theme ‘workshops, factories and offices’. The campus of Rosas and PARTS is situated in a former industrial laundry, supplier to the royal court. A large portion of the complex, consisting of stables, machine rooms, washing stations, drying rooms and stores, was demolished in 1975 when the complex was converted into a warehouse. In 1995, the complex was transformed again, this time into dance studios and other workspaces for Rosas, PARTS, Ictus and workspacebrussels. In 2000, a new big studio was built at the back of the complex.

The buildings are open to the public on September 19 and 20, between 10am and 6pm. Next to information about the industrial past of the buildings, there will be some activities organised by the current tenants, details of which will be announced from September 7 on.

P.A.R.T.S. Building



SPECIAL OFFER : Training classes with LAURA ARIS
Open for dancers from outside the school – advanced and professional level
7-25 September 2015 @ P.A.R.T.S.

“As a teacher and artist I aim to share thoughts, questions, tips and accumulated experiences to inspire and encourage others, help them to improve technical skills, to make their own choices, reflect and build on their own persona and imaginary.
During the work sessions I will use exercises and games that will help to awake our playful bodies, spirit, intuition and instinctive motion but we will also pay attention to technical aspects, to detail, exploring physical mechanisms that allow us to reach physical extremes while protecting the body at the same time. Using skeleton structure and muscular chains enhancing fluidity and freedom in our own movement, learning to recycle and save energy. Working to find balance between strength and resilience, in a physical, emotional and mental sense.
Slowly some theatrical inputs, specific energy and clear images will give meaning to the movements and will help us to perform rather than just learn and execute dance steps. Combining the physical language of dance with the emotion and drama that motivates theatre.”

Laura Aris Álvarez graduated from the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona. She was part of Lanònima Imperial Dance Company, and also associated with General Electrica Collective, where she collaborated on various productions by Tomás Aragay (1996-99). She was a member of Ultima Vez/ Wim Vandekeybus for almost a decade (1999-2008), involved in the creations and touring of: Inasmuch as life is borrowed, Scratching the Inner Fields, Blush, What a body does not remember (revival), Sonic Boom, Puur, Spiegel and Menske.
Fort he past six years she has been working as a freelance artist developing her own creative practices.

She regularly teaches workshops related to Ultima Vez dance vocabulary and contemporary technique lessons internationally.
Laura is also teaching at P.A.R.T.S. in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of the Training Cycle.

Classes from 11:45 till 13:45 – at P.A.R.T.S.

You can inscribe for each week separately, or for 2 weeks or 3 for weeks

1st  week:  September 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
2nd week:  September 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
3rd week:  September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Cost for one week (5 classes) is 85 euro, for two weeks 170 euro and for three weeks 220 euro.
Inscriptions: mail to before August 30. After August 30 we will contact you for payment


Lecture François Jullien - Sur la polyphonie 1/9 at 19h

On the occasion of the start of the new program Research Studios, PARTS invites French philosopher François Jullien for a lecture on the notion of polyphony. 

François Jullien is a philosopher and sinologist, professor at the Université Paris-Diderot (Paris 7) and the Collège des Etudes mondiales de la Fondation de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. He works at the crossroads of Chinese and Western philosophy, attempting to dis-orient thinking, looking for other types of concepts than those used in European thought. Starting from and in response to this separation, he questions the obviousness of the choices made by Western thought.

Avoiding the double pitfalls of ethnocentric prejudice and the fascination for the exotic, he constructs an intercultural relation that steers away from easy universalism or lazy relativism. Through the Chinese ‘heterotopy’ he wants to put the European tradition in perspective, to de- and re-categorise its thought and to recalibrate the field of the thinkable.

The lecture marks the public opening of the second pilot project of the Research Studios program at PARTS. In a first four-month cluster, a group of 10 choreographers and dramaturges researches the notion of ‘polyphony’ in theory and practice, in music, performing arts and beyond, guided by choreographer Thomas Plischke and musician Alain Franco.

The lecture of François Jullien will be in French, with simultaneous translation into English.

Free entrance, but please confirm your presence, especially if you want to make use of the translation: mail to


PARTS 2015-2016

The school year 2015-2016 already started. On August 24, a new group of 10 choreographers and dramaturges launched the second pilot project of the Research Studios. During the first four months of this project, they will be working with choreographer Thomas Plischke and musician Alain Franco on a research into the notion of ‘polyphony’, with interventions and workshops by Alain Franco, deufert&plischke, Christian Grüny, David Shea, Stefan Prins, Arkadi Zaides and Frédéric Pouillaude. The 10 participants come from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Greece, Hungary, Israel and Spain.

On August 31, 36 students return for the third year of the Training cycle. They start the year with a repertoire period, working on ‘Vortex Temporum’ by Rosas (directed by Marie Goudot and other Rosas dancers), ‘Newark’ by Trisha Brown (directed by Lance Gries and Katrina Warren) and ‘Clouds after Cranach’ by William Forsythe (directed by Yoko Ando and Katja Cherenova). The results of these studies will be presented during a PARTS@WORK#1 at the beginning of October. The dance classes in this period are taught by Elisabeth Farr, Laura Aris and Inaki Azpillaga.

In 2015 -2016, PARTS also celebrates its 20th anniversary, with some special activities which will be announced very soon.


In 2015-2016, PARTS will continue PARTS@WORK, a series of informal studio presentations of work made in the school. On October 1 and 2, the Training students will present the repertoire works of Trisha Brown, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and William Forsythe they will be working on in September. 

Check the calendar on the right for other dates later in the year. Details will be published two weeks before the presentations


Book publication: P.A.R.TS. - Documenting ten years of contemporary dance education

posted 15/12/2007

In September 1995, the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) opened their doors in Brussels. It was the result of a dream shared by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas) and Bernard Foccroulle (De Munt/La Monnaie), a dream for an international school for contemporary dance that responded to the breakthroughs and challenges of the still-young contemporary dance scene in Belgium.

This book celebrates the 10th anniversary of PARTS. Teachers, students, former students and outsiders remember, recount and reflect on different aspects of the school: its mission, its program, its daily experience, its impact and its relation to the world. An extensive photo collection gives a view on students and teachers at work. The book finishes with an archive of facts and figures relating to 10 years of PARTS.

Edited by Steven De Belder and Theo Van Rompay
Published by PARTS in 2006.

The book was published with the support of VGC (Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie), Nationale Loterij and the network Départs, which is supported by the European Commission (Programme Culture 2000).

It is also available directly from PARTS: send an email to Jens Buysschaert to order it.
Price: 20 euros

September 4, 2015: PARTS is 20 years old!

Heritage Days

Open classes with Laura Aris for professional dancers

PARTS 2015-2016

Lecture Francçois Jullien 1/9


Book publication


Agenda 2015-2016

Click on the date for more details.

September 1st
Lecture François Jullien

September 4th
exactly 20 years ago  PARTS opened its doors

September 7-25
Open classes Laura Aris for professional dancers

September 19-20
Heritage days Brussels

October 1-2

October 25

December 6

January 30-31

March 30

April 30

MAy 22