PARTS @ WORK is a series of informal studio presentations of work made in the school.
During the school year 2015-2016 there will be a series of at least 10 presentations.
On October 1st and 2nd we opened the season with a successful PARTS @ WORK 1 & 2. The students from the 3rd year Training Cycle presented repertoire work of Trisha Brown, William Forsythe and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.
‘Newark’ (Trisha Brown), taught and rehearsed by Lance Gries, Katrina Warren and Diane Madden
Trisha Brown's "Newark" from 1987, is the second piece in the "Valiant Series" following her seminal piece "Set and Reset" (1982). In "Newark", Trisha is slowing down and solidifying her movement and choreographic vocabulary, creating an exposed and highly physical virtuosity. She is also exploring gender roles in the context of pure dance; through challenging unison movement and a final quartet of athletic partnering that demands equal responsibilities for the men and women.
Cast 1 - Dancers: Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Yuika Hashimoto, Laura-Maria Poletti, Jacob Storer
Cast 2 - Dancers: Maya Oliva, Emeric Rabot, Souleymane Sanogo, Lodie Kardouss (former PARTS student)
‘Clouds after Cranach’ - 1st part (William Forsythe), taught and rehearsed by Yoko Ando and Katja Cheraneva
‘Clouds after Cranach’, which premiered in 2005, is based on a script that describes the testimony of a situation by a mother in which her son was arrested while explosions and a battle were taking place. The choreography is a fixed composition based on material made together with Bill Forsythe and the dancers set in relationship to the script. Apart from the set choreography there is a series of improvisational tasks forming solos and duets and groups scenes. It's a work that requires group dynamics, lively precision, a good skill in improvisation and a specific type of physicality.
Dancers: Tina Breiova, Nikita Chumakov, Suelen Cristina Da Silva, Ellada Damianou, Bilal Elhad, Fannie Falk, Louis Nam Le Van Ho, Theodore Livesey, Karoliina Loimaala, Akiyoshi Nita, Kamola Rashidova, Sien Van Dycke
‘Vortex Temporum’ – 3rd movement (Rosas), taught and rehearsed by Marie Goudot, assisted by Carlos Garbin, Julien Monty, Igor Shyshko, Denis Terrasse, Thomas Vantuycom and Sandy Williams
In Vortex, created in 2013, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker takes on the polyphony in Gérard Grisey’s eponymous masterpiece with a danced counterpoint for seven dancers. Probing the question: ‘how can you visualize polyphony by dancing it?’. De Keersmaeker decided to stage an intricate intertwining of sound and movement. Each dancer is linked to one of the six musicians, and colors his or her dancing with patterns of movement proper to the instrument.
Cast 1 - Dancers: Victoria Bryzgalova, Anika Edström Kawaji, Frank Gizycki, Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti, Robin Haghi, Noé Pellencin, Adriano Vicente
Cast 2 - Dancers: Liza Baliasnaja, Sid Barnes, Amanda Barrio, Lav Crncevic, Efrat Galai, Cassiel Gaube, Stefan Govaart, Eileen Van Os, Jara Vlaeminckx
Next PARTS @ WORK will take place on Sunday October 25, we'll publish the program one week before.
Opening school year 2015-2016
Last Tuesday, September 8, PARTS opened the new school year 2015-2016 and the activities for its 20th anniversary.
For an audience of approx. 150 guests, students, staff, teachers, former staff and students and friends, the anniversary was celebrated by a series of speeches. Deputy director Theo Van Rompay introduced the seven speakers. President Hugo De Greef clarified the role of the board of directors: working out of the spotlights but having a crucial role in the existence and functioning of the institution. Thomas Plischke, former student of the first generation and currently co-coordinator of the Research Studios program, looked back to his trajectory as a student and the most important things he took form his passage, especially the stress on learning by passing on experience and the permanent reflection on it. Current student Maya Oliva presented a performance lecture trying to catch the identity of her generation, balancing between the individual and the collective. Theory teacher Anya Topolski spoke about her experience as a teacher compared to the academic context where she usually works, and on the ‘effects’ of her teaching on her students. Salva Sanchis, also a former student of the first generation but also a teacher and co-coordinator since more than 10 years, attempted to summarize what makes PARTS special in his eyes, highlighting the fact that teachers and students inspire each other. Frank Vandenbroucke, former minister of education, situated the place of PARTS in the structures and recent developments in the higher education in the arts. The final words were for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, founder and director of the school, who looked back on her intentions of 20 years ago. She translated them into the practice of today, referencing the people who have made and are still making the school into what it is.
Ictus percussionist Tom De Cock performed a short musical intermezzo. After the speeches there was a reception with snacks from the macrobiotic kitchen, embellished by former student Benjamin Vandewalle’s surprising performance installation Inter-view.
You can download the texts of most speeches by clicking on the name of the speaker in the text above.
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.
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.
Book publication: P.A.R.TS. - Documenting ten years of contemporary dance education
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