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ELEMENTARY PROGRAMME - WEEK 5

Contemporary technique class with Cassiel GaubeThe Dynamic Body Origami ClassThis class will focus on our ability to get closer to the floor and to then move along its surface – an area of dancing commonly referred to as floorwork. We will carefully examine the basic action patterns that allow us to do so – squatting, crawling, walking on all fours, rolling ... – and assess which ways of implementing these patterns are efficient and sustainable – and which aren’t. We will then learn to weave these basic action patterns into complex ways of moving closer, along and away from the ground surface. I will teach moves coming from two different techniques : Flying Low and B-Boying. We will look at the specificities of each of these techniques and see how they complement each other in activating the rich possibilities of the floorwork landscape. By analogy, I propose to think of this work as a Dynamic Body Origami class. Literally, origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. We will approach Flying Low and B-boying as techniques of dynamically folding bodies in increasingly sophisticated patterns, giving rise, for our greatest joy, to very diverse ways of moving closer, along and away from the floor.Cassiel Gaube (BE)Cassiel Gaube is a dancer and choreographer, graduated from the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels. He is developing his choreographic work at the intersection of contemporary dance and Hip hop & Clubbing dances. He sees this undertaking as the work of sensibly navigating these buoyant ecosystems of practices, of experimenting with the forms which inhabit these and of imagining new ones. In 2019, Cassiel Gaube created the solo Farmer Train Swirl – Étude, an embodied and subjective exploration of the field of House dance. He has since then performed the work in various festivals & theatres internationally. As a maker, he has collaborated with the record label Ensemble, as well as with the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He is associated artist to La Ménagerie de Verre, in Paris, for the years 2019 & 2020. He is currently creating a new work, entitled Soirée d’études, which will prolong and expand his research on House dance.Vinyasa yoga flow with Maria Clara Villa LobosIn this class participants will be guided through a sequence of asanas (postures) that might vary from day to day, putting focus on the synchronization of breath and movement, as well as in alignment. This dynamic form of yoga allows practitioners to warm up the body from inside out, building up strength and flexibility in a safe and skillful way. Through the continuous flow of postures, Vinyasa flow induces a focused and balanced state of mind that can improve concentration and reduce stress.Maria Clara Villa Lobos (BR)Brazilian born Maria Clara Villa Lobos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brussels, directing her own company since 2000. After dance studies in Berlin and P.A.R.T.S (from 1995 to 1997), she worked with different choreographers such as David Hernandez, Sasha Waltz, Willi Dorner and Thomas Lehmen. In 2000 she created her first group piece in Brussels (XL, because size does matter) which launched her career as a choreographer.In 2010 she graduated as an Iyengar yoga teacher, after a three year training with Willy Bok in Brussels. She has been teaching dance and yoga to children and adolescents since about ten years at Dancing Kids.

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BEGINNERS PROGRAMME - WEEK 4

Vinyase yoga flow with Maria Clara Villa LobosIn this class participants will be guided through a sequence of asanas (postures) that might vary from day to day, putting focus on the synchronization of breath and movement, as well as in alignment. This dynamic form of yoga allows practitioners to warm up the body from inside out, building up strength and flexibility in a safe and skillful way. Through the continuous flow of postures, Vinyasa flow induces a focused and balanced state of mind that can improve concentration and reduce stress.Maria Clara Villa Lobos (BR)Brazilian born Maria Clara Villa Lobos is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Brussels, directing her own company since 2000. After dance studies in Berlin and P.A.R.T.S (from 1995 to 1997), she worked with different choreographers such as David Hernandez, Sasha Waltz, Willi Dorner and Thomas Lehmen. In 2000 she created her first group piece in Brussels (XL, because size does matter) which launched her career as a choreographer.In 2010 she graduated as an Iyengar yoga teacher, after a three year training with Willy Bok in Brussels. She has been teaching dance and yoga to children and adolescents since about ten years at Dancing Kids. Contemporary technique class with Jacob StorerThis beginner / elementary contemporary technique class is based around weight transfer and anatomical approaches to access coordinations within the body to move with ease and delicious autonomy. Engaging personally and working in pairs to access certain tools of manipulation and sensation, the class will develop with concepts of investigation, moments of improvisational research, and culminate with a movement phrase that incorporates these principles, connecting from the internal space to the space that surrounds and supports us. In other words, a dance class, let’s have some fun.Jacob Storer (US)Jacob Storer graduated in 2016 from P.A.R.T.S in Brussels, Belgium and joined Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2017. He is currently based between Brooklyn and Brussels collaborating in projects regarding somatic embodiment, movement, music, and semantics of language. He has previously taught at NYU, Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi, and P.A.R.T.S..Project workshop with Ori Flomin The energetic body through dance and meridiansOur dancing body is charged with energy and its continuous flow is essential to maintain a balanced and a healthy state of being. In Eastern philosophy the energy is expressed through pathways known as meridians which are divided into five elements – Earth, Water, Wood, Metal and Fire. Each element is expressed through different qualities which we experience throughout our daily life.In this workshop we will explore the different elements, their qualities and how they are being expressed through the dancing body. We will explore and follow the physical location of the meridians on the body and practice how to balance the energy through body work technique (shiatsu), partnering and stretching. We will continue to affect the energy through the moving body using imagery and improvisation as an integral part of the warm up leading us to explore full out dancing and build up into dance vocabulary.This exploration will encourage dancers to discover the five elements within them and how to take advantage of those qualities through the awareness of the meridians. The goal is to find a sense of abundance in our dancing while feeling strong and balanced.

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BEGINNERS PROGRAMME - WEEK 3

Hatha yoga with Hugo MegaHatha yoga is seen as one of the most traditional styles of yoga. This ancient practice focuses on balance, bringing the Yin and Yang, the Sun (Ha) and the Moon (Tha) together into the body. This slower paced, static practice focuses on building a strong foundation and understanding each posture. In this class you will explore the benefits of Pranayama, breathing exercises as a new relation to abdominal and lumbar support. When teaching this style Hugo emphasizes breath awareness while developing your alignment and building a safe practice. Hugo Mega (PT)Hugo Mega is a Portuguese yogi, artist, dreamer, and life coach based in Brussels, Belgium. Hugo’s passion for movement & artistic endeavors are the pulse of his life. He dedicated his undergraduate studies to exploring his body’s physical capacities through dance and circus. After finishing his circus studies, yoga enters center stage of his explorative focus. What starts as a nice way to stay in shape, becomes a passion. This changes his life and his perspective on the body. Yoga becomes a lifestyle and in 2014 he starts teaching at Yyoga in Brussels. This urban sanctuary becomes his second home, where he is a core member of the family. When teaching Yoga Hugo is passionate about alignment and anatomy, exploring new ways to connect to the body focusing on awareness and injury prevention. He desires now to support you on your journey of perspective, sharing with you the great practices that support him throughout his journey.Contemporary technique class with David HernandezDynamic Movement SystemsDavid Hernandez is interested in movement, training the body and expression through detailed and precise movement, without the loss of the dancer’s individual expression. he is developing an approach to dance technique and movement vocabulary that embraces physicality, craft and approaches the body as an instrument. The class is highly physical with an emphasis on detail. We concentrate on establishing a clear, efficient body alignment as a base to move from while making gravity our partner through discovering the notion of falling and redirected weight. There is an exposure to very specific, dynamic movement vocabulary that concentrates on moving weight, density, texture and the musicality of physical material. All parts of the body are used to gesture, often play against each other like contrapuntal melody lines. The form is clear and provides a partition in which the dancers can challenge themselves against its rigor while finding a personal approach to the material. Each individual and individual body is different, therefore the material must be translated by each person in their own unique way while honing and crafting the material on their particular body. The class gives the keys to do this while providing tools and skills usable in other styles of work as well. David Hernandez (US)David Hernandez was born in Miami, Florida where he studied 'studio music & jazz’ and opera at the University of Miami and dance at 'New World School of the Arts’. Subsequently, he moved to New York to work as an apprentice with the Trisha Brown and company and begin researching with Meg Stuart. He left New York to follow Meg Stuart to Belgium to help begin the company Damaged Goods where he worked for almost seven years as a dancer and collaborator. David remained in Europe basing himself in Brussels where he continued creating his own work in the form of dance performances, installations, happenings and many other sorts of multidisciplinary projects. Next to his own projects he continued performing and collaborating with many other artists such as LaborGras, Brice Leroux, Anouk Van Dijk, Michel Debrulle as well as directing, performing and researching as an improviser with artists such as Steve Paxton & Katie Duck, among many others. He was one of the three initiators of the improvisation project 'Crash Landing' along with Christine Desmet and Meg Stuart. David participated in a choreographic collaboration with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for many years for projects including "Zeitung", "Keeping Still" and “D’un Soir un Jour" and danced and sang in the production “Cesena" which premiered at the Avignon Festival in 2011.As a pedagogue, David gives classes and workshops worldwide while maintaining a position as a main teacher at PARTS since 1995. Previously he developed and managed his own education programme, 'PEP' (The Performance Education Program) for several years in the framework of Klapstuk festival in Leuven, Belgium where he was also in residence. David continues to work as a singer and joined the early music vocal group Graindelavoix, led by Bjorn Smelzer and Reve d'Elephant Orchestra jazz band, performing in concerts, recording and touring with several different projects. David continues creating his own work within the organisation dh+, David Hernandez and collaborators, whose most recent performances, “ For Movement’s Sake”, “Hullabaloo” and “Sketches on Scarlatti” are presently touring. In addition he is doing commissioned work as a guest choreographer for several companies including Zagreb Dance Company, and Stadtsteater Trier/Susanna Linke’s Company in Trier, Germany, LaborGras, Berlin and a new Creation for Skanes Dance Company and the Malmo Opera in 2018. Project workshop with Anneleen KeppensPoetic EmbodimentIn this class, we combine anatomical input with physical research in order to enhance our alignment and range of motion. Guided improvisations based on poetic imagery and embodiment techniques allow us to trust our body as a rich source from which a variety of physicalities can manifest. We find tools to tap into the range of sensations, movement patterns and expressions that are available to us. The class invites us to start the day by tuning into our body as it is, and to nourish it so it feels supported throughout the day.Anneleen Keppens (BE)Anneleen Keppens studied at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp and at PARTS in Brussels. She works as a choreographer, dancer, artistic collaborator and teacher in Belgium and abroad. In 2016, Anneleen started her research project Transparency in Abstract Dance. This research was the base for her first creation The moon is the moon is the moon, which premiered in October 2017. In 2019 she created her solo performance Movement Essays. Anneleen works with choreographer Daniel Linehan/Hiatus since 2012. She danced in his productions Gaze is a Gap is a Ghost, The Sun Came, The Karaoke Dialogues, dbddbb, Flood, Un sacre du printemps and sspeciess. Together with Linehan, she performed at the Tate Live Performance Room of Tate Modern, and she accompanied several editions of the social-artistic project Vita Activa.

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BEGINNERS PROGRAMME - WEEK 2

Sivananda yoga by Laia Puig EscandellDuring this time we will be introduced to Yoga as a holistic practice. The five points of the holistic system are: proper exercise (Asana), proper breathing (Pranayama), proper relaxation (Savasan), proper diet (vegetarian), positive thinking and meditation (Vedanta and Dhyana), although we will mainly work on the first 2-3 points. This first class in the morning will be our moment to prepare for the day in a different way. To unfold and to unblock, first physiologically/anatomically and then into deeper levels of awareness. Identifying our unnecessary patterns and habits, letting go of them, balancing the body, increasing concentration and learning to listen. So that each individual student can be in tune with a deeper intelligence, expanding themselves as artists and humans, sharing it with the community as well as the world. I hope you all enjoy the process of unfolding yourselves. Om Namah Sivaya.Laia Puig Escandell (ES)Laia Puig Escandell was introduced to yoga as a parallel practice to her dance career in 1998. However, it wasn’t until she took a Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training in 2008 in South India that her real initiation into Yoga started, with growing passion. Since then, she has been practicing regularly asanas, pranayama and meditation, reading the yogic philosophy/spirituality and trying to understand and apply all that in her daily life, as she continues to take training courses. She learned a lot from joining the Sivananda organization to translate Teachers Trainings or to do service in their Ashrams. She teaches Yoga classes at P.A.R.T.S., Rosas and around Brussels to all levels, and parallel to that she gives Ayurvedic massages and treatments, Yoga retreats and workshops.Contemporary technique class by Tale Dolven We will go through the whole body, gently but thoroughly. The warm-up aims at maintaining strength and flexibility of the body. Coordination and working with multiple directions are an integral part of the movement-material. Both within the body and in the room, we work with awareness of directions and focus. The aim is to wake up the body and the mind.Tale Dolven (NO)Tale Dolven is a Norwegian dancer living and working in Brussels. She has worked with Rosas and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for 12 years, performing in shows like FASE, Rosas Danst Rosas, Drumming, Zeitung and many others. She has also worked with Fieldworks, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, Doris Uhlich, Kris Verdonck, Benjamin Vandewalle and TG Stan. Tale studied at PARTS and KHIO in Oslo, Norway. Workshop by Peter SavelLetting GoPeter Savel has been developing and evolving his classes since graduating from P.A.R.T.S. He sees this as an opportunity to go back to himself. Working more and more with non-dancers as well as always being curious about the wider context of dance, he is not interested in dance techniques as such. He’d rather see movement and views dance as a means to re-access his full potential. The questions he asks is simple: “ where do we stand in our own way and what makes us hold back?”. By becoming aware of these patterns, beliefs, thoughts, fears or habits, Peter believes we can let go of them. Letting go refers to more than muscular tension and physical efficiency, though Peter uses these as the pragmatic and grounding elements in accessing the less graspable areas of thought, emotion and intuitions. In this class, he wants to come back to a space he believes we are all capable of re-entering. This is a space of total creativity, which he believes is innate to all humans and can be used in any life situation and constellation. It is a state we all know and passed through during childhood. The simple difference between childhood and now is the awareness of a state and therefore the possibility to be in it consciously. More concrete, during the classes Peter works with methods, principles and exercises to go back to himself, through body and movement into the core of his body. In this process he strengthens his body and realigns it with his core. At the same time the experiences of accessing this space allows him to understand where he can expand, what he can let go and how, what he’s always been capable of, but for some reasons didn’t allow it to fully manifest. In other words, rather being busy with “doing right or well” it is “ doing the best that you can right now” and learning from the observation of this process. Peter is very busy with his personal learning process but uses many methods (verbal and non-verbal) to share this with a whole group at the same time. Learning from each other strategy and methods, breaking the illusion of being alone or even isolating his particular experiences. Peter Savel (SK)Peter has a BA in Dance Pedagogy from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava. He finished his further studies at P.A.R.T.S. in the summer of 2010. He is recently based in Brussels. Since 2011 he worked with the Belgium based choreographer Pierre Droulers at Charleroi Danses, dancing in the re-enactment of "De l'air et du vent", dancing and assisting him in "Soleils". In May 2013, he started working with the Belgium based choreographer Salva Sanchis in projects "The phantom layer", "The organ project", "Islands" and in his last creation "Radical light". And in 2016 Peter became a dancer with the founder of the Belgian company Kunst/Werk Marc Vanrunxt, dancing in his "Prototype" and collaborating with his company Kunst/Werk.​Peter is creating his own works in Belgium and abroad. Teaching his class Letting go around Europe to both professionals and amateurs.

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X-week-February-2020

This week is X-week, a week of artistic practice for the 1st year Training students!

During an X-Week, the normal operation modus of the school is suspended.The invited artists can work a whole week with the students, in or outside school. The subject may be composition or improvisation, but also politics or visit museums and exhibitions. We ask the artists to unveil their way of approaching art towards the students. For this week of artistic practice PARTS invited the artists Stina Nyberg & Zoë Poluch, Diederik Peeters and Ula Sickle.

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Public talk: Vinciane Despret in conversation with Bojana Cvejic - Wednesday 26/02, 18h30

About birds and other animalsPhilosopher Vinciane Despret enters into conversation with Bojana Cvejic about her work, following a seminar for the students of the Studios programme.After philosophical and psychological studies, Vinciane Despret specialized in ethology, the study of animal behavior, and became fascinated by the humans who work with animals. Borrowing a path from philosophy of sciences, her work combines ethological and psychological research with the goal of understanding and explaining how scientists build their theories, how they interact with historical and social contexts, and what relation is established between them and animals.

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BEGINNERS PROGRAMME - WEEK 1

Hatha yoga with Hugo MegaHatha yoga is seen as one of the most traditional styles of yoga. This ancient practice focuses on balance, bringing the Yin and Yang, the Sun (Ha) and the Moon (Tha) together into the body. This slower passed, static practice focuses on building a strong foundation and understanding each posture. In this class you will explore the benefits of Pranayama, breathing exercises as a new relation to abdominal and lumbar support. When teaching this style Hugo emphasizes breath awareness while developing your alignment and building a safe practice.

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Final presentation at Ecole des Sables !

Throwback to the public presentation "Exchanges" of last Friday, a final sharing of the 5 weeks during exchange project between Ecole des Sables and PARTS.Thank you Ecole des Sables for your hospitality.Thank you Ogutu Muraya (Kenya), Faustin Linyekula (Congo), Panaibra Gabriel Canda (Mozambique), Nadia Beugré (Ivory Coast) and Qudus Onikeku (Nigeria) for sharing your artistic practice so generously.Thank you to Ise An Verstegen (Netherlands), Patrick Acogny (Senegal/France), Mamadou Baldé (Senegal), Ntone Edjabe (Cameroon), Saky Bertrand Tchébé (Ivory Coast) and the musicians for transmitting your technique and insights on African dance.And thank you all participants for your curiosity and hard work!

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PARTS@WORK#3 – Saturday 8/02, 15h (program 1) & 18h (program 2)

You are very welcome to join us for the public presentation of the theatre workshops of the 1st year Training students.Free entrance – no reservation is needed.Doors open at 14h45 (program 1) and 17h45 (program 2), the performances start at 15h and 18h sharp (latecomers are not admitted).Each program consists of 2 pieces, 4 in total. There is a short break between the 2 programs. You are welcome to watch both of the programs !Program 1 at 15h :Group of Carly WijsGroup of Thomas RyckewaertProgram 2 at 18h :Group of Eva SchramGroup of Scarlet Tummers

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This week in pictures : Acogny technique by Ise Verstegen at Ecole des Sables !

Ise chose Acogny and Acogny chose her.In her work as a dance artist Ise Verstegen interweaves worlds with an inclusive, transcultural vision and body language. Since 2008 she has been working closely with Germaine Acogny, the mother of modern African dance. Acogny technique is a dance technique and philosophy based on West African and Western dances. Ise's work and transmission start from embodiment, connection, collectivity and the respect, possibilities and natural strength of each body through rhythm and movement. From here she addresses social issues.Ise Verstegen is a teacher at the Amsterdam Academy of Theatre and Dance (AHK), and she works internationally and nationally as an 'Acogny dance-practitioner'.

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Conférence 6/11 à 19h30: Thomas Talawa Presto: The Black Body as an Archive & What you are trained not to see

Cette conférence est centrée sur les pratiques de l'art de la diaspora africaine en tant qu'archive, résistance et transformation. Elle adopte une approche afrogénique, en restructurant les "géographies de la raison" et en abordant les différentes lignes temporelles, genres et pratiques sous l'angle du rythme en tant qu'institution mobile. Il cherche à sortir du domaine de la mystique, de l'obscurité et des tropes pour passer à l'accès, au droit à l'opacité et à l'accessibilité. La conférence cherche à entrer courageusement dans la conversation inconfortable et difficile avec la perspective d'une généreuse rage noire.

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Camping-Asia

PARTs @ Camping Asia

Du 18 au 29 novembre, le Taipei Performing Arts Center et le Centre national de la Danse (Paris) organisent la première édition de Camping Asia. C'est un événement où plus de 100 étudiants de 12 écoles d'art de toute l'Asie et du reste du monde se réunissent pour travailler et apprendre ensemble.4 de ces écoles viennent de l'extérieur de l'Asie, et PARTS en fait partie. Les 14 étudiants du programme Studios participeront à l'événement, partageant leur pratique de la danse lors d'ateliers de peer-to-peer les matins, montrant leur travail lors du Marathon des Ecoles (23/11), et participant à des ateliers de chorégraphes tels que Trajal Harrell, Angela Goh, Prumsodun Ok, Su Wen-chi, Mathilde Monnier et autres.Visitez le site de Camping Asia pour plus d'informations !

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PARTS 2019-2020

En 2019-2020 PARTS commence avec une nouvelle génération d'étudiants et un nouveau programme !Le 2 septembre, les étudiants de la Génération XIII ont commencé la première année du cycle Training 2019-2022. Ils sont 40, représentant 24 nationalités différentes des cinq continents.Le 23 septembre, le nouveau programme des Studios démarre, avec un programme de 2 ans avec 14 participants de 11 pays différents. Visitez le site de temps en temps ou abonnez-vous à la newsletter pour être informé des activités publiques!

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La presse sur 'Somnia'

La semaine dernière, Somnia a été créée par Anne Teresa et Jolente De Keersmaeker pour les 44 finissants du cycle Training, dans le cadre féerique du parc du château à Gaasbeek. La presse est également venue voir et a vu que c'était bon :De Standaard, Charlotte De Somviele: 'Un tour de force dans le parc du château': "Des tonnes d'énergie doivent coûter pour maîtriser ce décor infini. Mais les 44 joueurs se lancent, et comment. Ils se courent des kilomètres, se laissent tomber sur les pentes et grimpent comme des singes dans les arbres."La Libre Belgique, Guy Duplat : 'Somnia, un rêverie mêlant danse, nature et poésie': " Somnia est une expérience totale, artistique et écologique, qui demande des spectateurs actifs, à la recherche des mille et une petites scènes offertes; c'est un moment qui nous relie à la nature et aux jeux de l'amour chers à Shakespeare ".Le Soir, Jean-Marie Wynants:'Un rêve grandeur Nature' : "Il y aura encore bien d autres moments magiques: le feu sur l'eau, les danseurs évoluant en spirale au milieu des spectateurs, la lente ascension des marches par ces derniers, et cette séquence finale entièrement dansée, où les 44 étudiants de PARTS déboulent entre rêve et réalité comme ces milliers de jeunes gens défilant dans nos rues pour protéger la planète. www.pzazz.theater, Pieter T'Jonck:'Dans la forêt magique' : "Le véritable protagoniste de cette pièce est le parc du château : Les sœurs De Keersmaeker ont réussi à révéler le pouvoir imaginatif qui s'y trouve enfermé, en manipulant la "partition" de celui-ci."Plus d'informations sur le spectacle ici.

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Charlotte Vandevyver nouvelle directrice adjointe de PARTS à partir de 2020

Le 1er septembre 2020, Theo Van Rompay (1954), co-fondateur de P.A.R.T.S., quittera ses fonctions de directeur adjoint de l'école. Sa succession est déjà assurée, puisqu'un an plus tôt, en septembre 2019, le nouveau programme " Studios " démarrera, pour lequel un coordinateur a dû être nommé. Charlotte Vandevyver (1982) mettra en œuvre ce nouveau programme "Studios" à partir du 1er mai 2019. Le 1er septembre 2020, elle prendra ses fonctions de directrice adjointe de P.A.R.T.S., pour diriger l'école avec la directrice Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

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