Fous de danse - P.A.R.T.S. in Rennes

The students of the P.A.R.T.S. Training Cycle are going to Rennes this weekend to perform Passing Through (David Zambrano). On Sunday 3 May, they will show the creation during the festival Fous de Danse.

With the festival Fous de Danse, the Musée de la Danse in Rennes wants the public to experience dance in all sorts of ways during the whole weekend. The organisation also asked P.A.R.T.S. to bring a performance with the students. On 3 May the students will therefore perform Passing Through on the Esplanade Charles De Gaulle (at 13.15 and at 19.10).

Passing through is a choreography of David Zambrano, an improvisation structure for a large group of dancers who move together as a tornado in a circle, in a dynamic between individual and mass, delay and acceleration. For this presentation, the students are accompanied by percussionist Michel Debrulle; the repetitors are David Zambrano and Milan Herich.

The students who will perform Passing Through are Liza Baliasnaja (LT), Sidney Barnes (GB), Mario Barrantes Espinoza (CR), Amanda Barrio Charmelo (PE), Lucas Bassereau (FR), Tina Breiova (CZ), Victoria Bryzgalova (RU), Nikita Chumakov (RU), Lav Crnčević (RS), Suelem Cristina De Oliveira Da Silva (BR), Eleni-Ellada Damianou (GR), Alexandra Dolgova (RU), Anika Edström Kawaji (SE), Bilal Elhad (MA), Fannie Falk (SE), Efrat Galai (IL), Cassiel Gaube (BE), Frank Gizycki (FR), Stefan Govaart (NL), Gorka Gurrutxaga Arruti (ES), Robin Haghi (SE), Yuika Hashimoto (JP), Louis Nam Le Van Ho (FR), Viktor Már Leifsson (IS), Theodore Livesey (GB), Karoliina Loimaala (FI), Matilde Mata (PT), Jolie Ngemi (CD), Akiyoshi Nita (JP), Maya Oliva (IT), Laura-Maria Poletti (DE), Emeric Rabot (FR), Kamola Rashidova (UZ), Sami Similä (FI), Jacob Storer (US), Sien Van Dycke (BE), Adriano Vicente (PT), Jara Vlaeminckx (BE). Erik Eriksson (SE), generation 10, will also participate in the performance.

For more information:

P.A.R.T.S. at Work / Winter 2015
Studio showings of duets

In the first semester of the current academic year, the second year students collaborated with the musicians of GAME (Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble), the music education related to the Ictus Ensemble.
The starting point was a list of compositions of contemporary and new music, from famous composers such as Xenakis and Stockhausen to young composers like Geoffrey François or Simon Loeffler, studied by the GAME musicians. The P.A.R.T.S. students chose one piece from the list and created a choreography in relation to that music. They worked together with the musicians on the realization of that creation in an internal showing at the end of December.

In March, a number of students are pleased to show their work to a broader public: Sunday afternoon 22 March they will perform their duets during the Informal Student Showings.

Tickets are free, but you will need to book ahead via

Practical information:
Sunday 22 March, at 15.00
Tickets: free, but to be booked ahead. For the  performance on Sunday 22 March you can book your ticket as from 16 March.

Program Sunday 22 March 2015


Dance: Victoria Bryzgalova (RU) & Yuika Hashimoto (JP)
Music: Yann Robin, Schizophrenia (2006), performed by Cédric De Bruycker (clarinet) en Pieter Pellens (saxophone)

Danced dialogue in 8 acts and prologue for the homonymous work by Karlheiz Stockhausen

Dance: Liza Baliasnaja (LT) & Mario Barrantes Espinoza (CR)
Music: Karlheinz Stockhausen, Freude für Zwei Harfen (2005), by Esther Kooi and Marianne Smit (recording)


Dance: Lav Crnčević (RS) & Souleymane Sanogo (ML)
Music: Geoffrey François, Elles (2009), performed by Dejana Sekulic (violin)


September 15

Dance: Amanda Barrio Charmelo (PE) & Sien Van Dycke (BE)
Music: Simon Loeffler, September 08


Call for participants
Research Studios second pilot project – August 2015 until December 2016

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 December 15, 2016, in three clusters of four months each. Its focus is ‘Choreography, performance, sound, music’


Each cluster starts from a specific research question introduced by the coordinators, approaching the broad field of choreography and music from historical, compositional, metaphorical, philosophical or creative perspectives.

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.
The final cluster will be concluded with public presentations of work created throughout the programme.

Cluster #1: Polyphony of voices, polyphony of spaces, polyphony of fields – conceived and guided by Alain Franco and deufert&plischke
Counterpoint is a musical practice that articulates the relation between autonomy and mutual influence, and is one of the essential tools to create polyphony. Counterpoint and polyphony can also be seen as lens through which to investigate the historical and structural relations between dance and music, which oscillate between a shared composition of time-space-principles and the questioning of stability and repetition.

Cluster #2: Time and rhythm – conceived and guided by Bojana Cvejic and Tom Engels
Rhythm offers a broad and trans-disciplinary study of time: from the aesthetic play of sensations in the composition and experience of performance and the dancing body to sociological, anthropological and philosophical perspectives of ‘man as a rhythmical animal,’ power as rhythm and political conceptions of time. Today, the virtuosity of multitasking and nomadism in work-into-life parallels the sophisticated forms of polyrhythmy in dance and performance.

Cluster #3: On the musical body – conceived and guided by Tom Pauwels and Gabriel Schenker
Students of the Advanced Master Contemporary Music of KASK (Ghent) will join the participants for this cluster
New music and choreography have recently developed strong interest in each other’s practices. Composers write with the musicians’ bodies, movements and gestures, whereas choreographers have been looking to musical practices and parameters such as scores, instrumentation, concert… Choreographers, musicians and composers will reflect and experiment together in an eternal feedback loop between bodies that produce sound and movement.

August 25- December 18, 2015: cluster #1  
February 1 – May 27, 2016: cluster #2
August 22 – December 15, 2016: cluster #3
During these clusters, the program runs for 17 weeks in a row.

There is place for 12 participants: 10 choreographers and 2 dramaturges.
Admission is in 2 phases: a preselection by dossier and a final audition.
The deadline for sending the dossier is April 27, 2015.
The final audition will take place in Brussels, May 9-10, 2015.

The tuition fee for pilot #2 amounts to 8000€ (6125€ for PARTS graduates).
Scholarships will be available.

More information
More details on the profile of the participants and the admission procedure can be found here.
More details on the program of pilot #2 can be found here


Re:Zeitung on tour in 2014-2015

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)

The trailer:


Thibault Lac interviewed in Time Out New York

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


 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