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Press reviews of 'Somnia'

Last week Somnia premiered, a performance by Anne Teresa and Jolente De Keersmaeker for the 44 graduating students of the Training Cycle, in the fairytale setting of the Castle Park in Gaasbeek.

The press also came to watch and saw that it was good:

De Standaard, Charlotte De Somviele: 'A tour de force in the castle park'. "Tons of energy must cost to master this boundless setting. But the 44 players throw themselves, and how. They walk around for miles, let themselves tumble down the slopes and climb like monkeys in the trees."

La Libre Belgique, Guy Duplat: 'Somnia, a daydream mixing dance, nature and poetry': 'Somnia is a total artistic and ecological experience, which requires active spectators to research thousands and one small scenes; this is a moment that connects us back with nature and with the love games so dear to Shakespeare'.

Le Soir, Jean-Marie Wynants: 'A great experience of nature': "There will be many other magical moments: the fire on the water, the dancers spiralling among the spectators, the slow ascent of the stairs by the spectators, and this fully danced final sequence where the 44 students of PARTS flow between dream and reality like these thousands of young people marching in our streets to protect the planet.", Pieter T'Jonck: 'In the magic forest': "The real protagonist of this piece is the castle park: The De Keersmaeker sisters succeeded in revealing the imaginative power that is enclosed in it, by manipulating the 'score' of it."

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PARTS@WORK #7: Wednesday 22/5 at 19h

In PARTS@work #7, students Maureen Bator and Wai Lok Chan present a work they have created with composer and researcher Pablo Ossandon Valdes and a group of musicians.

As part of the end of his PHD research, Pablo Ossandon, composer and researcher in contemporary dance, questions the possible relationship between dance and music. Setting aside the relation between pulsation and synchronism, he poses the question of an auto-poietic relationship between music and dance, integrating all the elements present in the staging. The theme of the piece (loneliness) came out from an interview with the dancers in relation to their fears, desire. The scenography is designed as two rooms, divided by a fabric, that show the inner life of each, until the meeting of the other. The subject is the paradox of living in a hyper connected world where one becomes more and more alone, where the contact has become virtual.

For this work, Pablo collaborated with Maureen Bator and Wai Lok Chan (PARTS) during three months, as wel as with six young artists from the different Brussels schools, which allowed a meeting between talents of different arts in a common project:
Clarinet: Raphaëlle Ribouillault - Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels
Cello: Elisabeth Lèfebvre - Conservatoire royal Brussels
Piano: Marina Delicado - Lemmensinstittut Leuven
Video: Adèle Gregoire - INSAS
Scenography: Louise Vandervorit - La Cambre
Electric guitar and composition: JIji Florez - Royal Conservatory of Mons.

Free entrance, no reservations, limited capacity!

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Dag van de Dans - PartsPublicPieces

For Dag van de Dans the 44 students of the contemporary dance school PARTS take over the streets. Spread over the pedestrian zone of the Anspachlaan, between the Kiekenmarkt and the Brouckère, they provide danced interventions, based on their own creations or made especially for this occasion. They are coached by choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle. Short or long, slow or rushed, in-your-face or almost invisibly within the Saturday crowd. Come, find us and be surprised!

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SOMNIA - P.A.R.T.S. / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jolente De Keersmaeker: NEW PERFORMANCES JUNE 28-29 at 20.30!

Together with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jolente De Keersmaeker, forty-four dancers enter into a dialogue with the natural landscape, where factors such as sound and silence, light and dark, distance and proximity become a matter of perspective, and where both new possibilities and boundaries emerge. In search of an ecological aesthetic they leave behind the four walls of the theatre for a performance that requires few theatrical interventions and fuse seamlessly with the natural environment.

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Auditions Training Cycle 2019-2022 - Two extra dates!

We have reached the maximum capacity for our pre-selections in Brussels on 16.03 & 30.03 and for the Firenze pre-selection on 23.03. Inscriptions are now closed for all these auditions.

We decided to add two EXTRA pre-selections on 06.04 and 07.04 in Brussels, only a few days from the final auditions (9.04-14.04). If you couldn’t make it to any of the previously announced and/or sold out auditions we advise you to register now to guarantee your spot in our audition procedure!

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Trio's (Live) 22/02 & Slow Walk Bruges 23/02

Trio's (Live) at KAAP De Werf (22.02) and Slow Walk Bruges (23/02) was a great success! We started our weekend in Bruges with a performance by twelve of our Training students in collaboration with four musicians of the post-Master program Contemporary Music of School of Arts Ghent. The following day we encountered many participants during the Slow Walk. A big thanks to our Training students and anyone who participated!

© Photo credits Anne Van Aerschot en Tom Leentjes

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Charlotte Vandevyver new deputy director of PARTS from 2020 onwards

On 1 September 2020, Theo Van Rompay (1954), co-founder of P.A.R.T.S., will step down as Deputy Director of the school. His succession is already assured, since a year earlier, in September 2019, the new 'Studios' programme will start, for which a coordinator had to be appointed. Charlotte Vandevyver (1982) will implement this new 'Studios' programme from 1 May 2019 onwards. On 1 September 2020 she will take up her position as the new deputy director of P.A.R.T.S., to lead the school together with director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

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