PARTS @ work #2: Sun 23/10 at 17h

The second PARTS@work of this year will present work of both Training and Research students.

Here it is happening. We are from all over the world, but here we are together, sharing space and time. We are ten people meeting each other in the same space, spending time together, searching for a common point and trying to reach an infinite harmony. As our common language is movement, a simple and straightforward choreography will allow us to achieve our objective and create a new common ground. 

One thing we know for sure: we always need shared time and space to meet each other and exchange our knowledge. So how will we deal with the short time we are sharing with you?

Dancers: Thomas Higginson, Maureen Bator, Vasco Mirine, Papis Faye, Myriam Gomez, Julia Rubies, Ivan Lucadamo, Moonie Van Tichel, Luis Miguel Ramirez Munoz, Calvin Carrier and Souleymane Sanogo

Music: ‘Sweet love for planet earth’ by Fuck Buttons, ‘Love is gone’ by David Guetta 

Clay: The Breath, liquefying and solidifying.

Dancer: Wai Lok Chan
Music: ‘Immerse’ by River Guergeurian

I mainly work with exhalation, how breath can find it's way into the joints of the body and the performer's relationship with the public. 

Dancer: Vasco Mirine
Music: /

With Wild ducks we will share some results of the work we have been developing over the last months. The main interest in this project has to do with studying a possibility of storytelling in contemporary performing arts. I want to explore a kind of circular narrative that is not based on linearity but that can operate within the viewer and the production of fictions. I want to move within the limits of a “re-constructible” story and abstraction.

This project is conducted with the collaboration of Susanna Hood, Hanna Kölbel, Manolis Tsipos and Talia de Vries.

The showing takes place at PARTS.

Reservation is not necessary but recommended due to limited capacity!
To book your place, send a mail to 

The next PARTS @ work will be on November 25 and 26 (tbc)

PARTS graduates successful in the annual overview of TANZ magazine

In its Jahrbuch 2016, Tanz magazine has awarded Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker the title of ‘Choreographer of the year’.
In this overview, 22 German and 20 international dance critics point to the most rewarding dance productions of 2015-2016, the most interesting choreographer, the best dancer or the most important company.
De Keersmaeker, also director of PARTS, was awarded the same title in 2012 and 2013.

Many of her former students also do well in the poll! No less than 14 former PARTS students have been nominated in the different categories. That’s a lot of people for a single school!
The nominated artists are Salva Sanchis (Catalonia/ Belgium, Generation 1), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium, Gen. 2), Cristian Duarte (Brazil, Gen. 4), Jurij Konjar (Slovenia, Gen. 4), Etienne Guilloteau (France Belgium, Gen. 4), Mette Ingvartsen (Denmark/Belgium, Gen. 5), Andreas Merk (Germany, Gen. 5), Eleanor Bauer (USA/Belgium, Gen. 6), Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Capo Verde/Portugal, Gen. 6), Mikael Marklund (Sweden/Germany, Gen. 7), Simon Mayer (Austria, Gen. 7), Daniel Linehan (USA/Belgium, Gen. 8), Cecilia Lisa Eliceche (Argentina/The Netherlands, Gen. 8) and Noé Soulier (France, Gen. 8).

Most of these artists were also portrayed in the book P.A.R.T.S. – Twenty Years, 50 Portraits, which was published in 2016 and can be bought in bookstores or from the PARTS website (see below)


Opening Ceremony

On the 29th of August we welcomed the 12th generation of Training Cycle students into the school.  46 young dancers from all over the world have converged on PARTS and were received by director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and the rest of the PARTS and Rosas team; eager to begin their three year tenure.

Students from Senegal, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Tahiti, Norway, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, Colombia, Hungary, the Philippines, Morocco, Mozambique and the UK were all present after being selected through a rigorous audition process involving almost 1200 applicants.   

Ex-PARTS student Radouan Mriziga performed his solo 55 followed by a reception in the PARTS cantine.  

Over the next three years, the students will train intensively in technical dance classes, sharpen their choreographic visions in composition and repertory classes, discover their voices in theatre workshops, and expand their thinking through philosophy and sociology classes.  

We are all very excited to be working with such a diverse and talented group of artists and look forward to our journey together! 

55 by Radouan Mriziga (photo Bart Grietens)


Work/Travail/Arbeid – London - July 8, 9, 10 - 2016

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker invited the students from Generation XI to participate in a workshop during the performative exhibition Work/Travail/Arbeid at the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern in London. Located on the terrace outside the entrance to the Switch House, the workshop sessions elaborated the artistic principles developed by De Keersmaeker in.

Laura-Maria Poletti and Theo Livesey, two dancers from Generation XI, were asked to write a short comment and review on their experience:

Laura-Maria Poletti - London Calling 

To conclude and maybe in a way celebrate the end of three years of learning, sweating, eating macrobiotic, dancing, designing big theories and creating together, Anne Teresa invited generation XI (although we were missing some people due to visa and schedule issues) to be part of the Vortex Temporum's exhibition in the Tate museum in London last July. It consisted in a workshop (four times 1,30h/2h) that she gave in front of the recently acquired building of the Tate Modern museum. Based on the basic choreographic principles that she used for Vortex Temporum, Anne Teresa first passed on to us the basic phrase she had designed for that piece and explained how from this first choreographic seed, she, the dancers and the musicians from ictus were able to grow an intricate score alongside Grisey's already complex musical score. We were then invited to create our own material according to the previously mentioned principles. It led to great moments of sharing materials, being again puzzled and triggered by each one of us' very specific way of considering movement, dance and architecture. Indeed, to be surrounded by Tate's massive construction and brand new buildings of London's south bank probably influenced or at least in my perspective, how we played with organic and non organic lines, shapes and movements. It was probably also interesting for an audience to be given the opportunity to witness this crucial moment of building material, an often hidden and kept secret process. We also explored improvising altogether, sometimes even collaborating with London's moody weather. These were our last days as PARTS students. However this experience opened up potential new ways of dancing, working, discussing, practicing together as forever members of generation XI.

Theo Livesey:

As part of the Work/Travail/Arbeid exhibition in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, the p.a.r.t.s students of Generation XI took part in a workshop led by Anne Teresa, focusing on the fundamental principles of the work, which began as Vortex Temporum. 

There is something voyeuristic about experiencing the methodology behind a piece of work in the same day as seeing the performance itself. One gets the sensation that you see not only the work, but simultaneously delve into the studio. An analogy could be seeing a painting hanging in a gallery, whilst also seeing each layer of pigment and the process' required to constitute the work. 

As an end to our studies it was somewhat surreal, as though being reminded to stay engaged with the process of art-making, and that there is always material to be found in simple tools and methodologies. As we continue on our many and varied trajectories into the professional world, we remember fondly dancing from our kidneys in the rain.

Work/Travail/Arbeid at Tate Modern (photo Anne Van Aerschot)Work/Travail/Arbeid at Tate Modern (photo Anne Van Aerschot)

Book publication P.A.R.T.S. 20 years - 50 portraits

In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of PARTS, the book “20 years – 50 portraits” was created. In this book the school looks back, portraying fifty former students, who each narrate their unique story about what dance means to them and the role of PARTS in their life. The portraits are preceded by an interview with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. One hundred images of the school conclude the book, together with an overview of all the students, teachers and collaborators, who have over the past twenty years contributed to the making of PARTS.

The book contains interviews with: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Thomas Plischke, Saskia Hölbling, Arco Renz, Roberto Olivan de la Iglesia, Erna Omarsdottir, Cristian Duarte, Cédric Charron, Salva Sanchis, Clinton Stringer, Taka Shamoto, Charlotte vanden Eynde, Moya Michaël, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Claire Croizé & Etienne Guilloteau, Sung-im Her, Barbara Meneses, Alix Eynaudi, Lisbeth Gruwez, Jakub Truszkowski, Jurij Konjar, Ula Sickle, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Mette Ingvartsen, Tale Dolven, Fabian Barbá, Pieter Ampe, Frauke Mariën, Daniel Linehan, Manon Santkin, Femke Gyselinck, Eleanor Bauer, Liz Kinoshita, Gabriel Schenker, Mikael Marklund, Benjamin Vandewalle, Andros Zins-Browne, Olga Dukhovnaya, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Dada Masilo, Nestor Garcia Diaz, Radouan Mriziga, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Noé Soulier, Thibault Lac, Alexander Vantournhout, Thomas Vantuycom, Bryana Fritz, Sara Tan, Michiel Vandevelde, George Khumalo (The 51st portrait)

The book is available for €34,50, shipping costs excluded. A copy can be ordered via

You can download the interview with Salva Sanchis from the book here, to have a peek on the look and feel of the book!


PARTS @ work #2

PARTS graduates succesful in the yearly overview of Tanz magazine

Opening Ceremony

Work/Travail/Arbeid - London - July 8, 9 & 10 2016

P..A.R.T.S. 20 years - 50 portraits

Work/Travail/Arbeid at Tate Modern (photo Anne Van Aerschot)

Agenda 2016-2017

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10/12/ 2016
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14/12/ 2016
Ghent, MIRY concert hall
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16/12/ 2016
SMOG Brussels
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17/12/ 2016
SMOG Brussel
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15/ 1/ 2017
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PARTS@work #4

10/ 2/ 2017
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PARTS@work #5

11/ 2/2017
PARTS Studios
PARTS@work #5

26/ 4/ 2017
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Open House