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P.A.R.T.S. Research Studios 2017-2018
Research programme for choreographers, performers, dramaturges
General outline of the programme
P.A.R.T.S. Research Studios is a fulltime two-semester program dedicated to intensive artistic investigation during or prior to the process of creation in choreography, dance, and performance. It is aimed at young dance and performance artists with (an equivalent of) a B.A. or an M.A. degree, who are curious and ready to engage in an in-depth study of a topic/field contextualized in their own research. The program will run from 11 September 2017 until 14 September 2018.
The 2017/2018 program will investigate reflective orality/aurality, and will ask how dancing and choreography could be sourced from experimental music and poetry.
How do we envision relationships between choreography and text today? Between choreographed movement and composed sound? What are the current experiments involving spoken word, gesture, voice, sound, music and movement in performance? What is the allure of poetry today and how does poetry pierce contemporary dance? How can we re-imagine and re-tool more exacting relations between movement and sound, sound and word, movement and word? How to mobilize the experimental legacy of ethnomusicology in shaping music and sound together with movement? Does the dancing body have the expressive power to speak and tell beyond itself? What do we mean when we perform in the first person singular, and what do we stand for when we say the plural “we”? These will be some of the questions in the focus as we investigate reflective orality/aurality.
The coordinators of this program, the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić and the musician and dramaturg Alain Franco have devised a one-year long trajectory of research inputs from a number of guests invited to give workshops, seminars and lectures. Among the invited choreographers, dancers, composers, musicologists, philosophers and writers are Michael Beil, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Edvardsen, Tristan Garcia, Mette Ingvartsen, Janne-Camilla Lyster, Luk Vaes, Kristien Van den Brande, Myriam Van Imschoot & Marcus Bergner, Daniel Linehan & Stefan Prins, and François Nicolas. Each guest will unfold a particular approach, a set of ideas and materials. In addition to the collective research practice they will carry out, Cvejić and Franco will maintain the consistency and continuity of the collective thematic platform in which the research projects of the participants are embedded.
Candidates are invited to apply on the basis of specific artistic interest in exploring choreography/dance/performance in relation to experimental music and poetry. Their research projects should be thematically linked and sourced from the investigation of reflective orality/aurality. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for an in-depth investigation of a choreographic and performance problem related to the topic of study. Thus the program extends the research phase prior to production in order to sharpen the focus and investigate thoroughly the possibilities the artist will later realize in creation after the end of the program. The outcomes of the research could be one of the following:
1) material propositions with respect to the formulated research questions/problems
2) a lecture-demonstration
3) a written account (diverse textual formats, essay, scores and so on)
4) a presentation in another medium than live performance (e.g. sound, video)
5) a short, small-scale piece as a first step in the creation of a performance
Practically, the program is organized on a weekly basis into workshops and seminars (3-5 days long) and open research periods of open research during which the content and practices of the workhops and seminars can be digested and transformed into self-directed individual or collective research. Participants are strongly encouraged to collaborate with each other in order to make efficient use of the available studio and working time. The coordinators divide the task of supervising individual/collective research, accompanying and supporting the participants over the entire period. The supervision also includes studio visits by the invited guests. The time for the completion of the final outcome is extended over summer, allowing the participants more extracurricular time, mostly outside PARTS, for their research work. The program is concluded in the final presentations and feedback sessions in September 2018.
11/9/2017 until 29/6/2018
Final phase 27/8 - 14/9/2018
Studio time for self-directed research
Overview of the year
PARTS is interested in people whose practice is grounded in working in the studio, and is open to different modes of collaboration, different aesthetic approaches, and various definitions of authorship.
Dramaturges: BA in dance, choreography, performance or theatre/dance/performance studies, or an MA in a different field or at least 3 years of professional experience in dramaturgy. Candidates must have experience with the practice of dramaturgy.
Candidates must have a very good level of English in understanding, speaking and writing.
PARTS aims at a predominantly young group, aged between 22 and 30. Exceptions to this are possible.
Candidates can apply as a team with a research proposal, but each individual should send a dossier, and the selection will be individual as well.
The Research Studios has place for max. 12 participants.
The application goes in two phases
- a short cv containing the education and experiences which are relevant for this program;
Dossiers should be sent in by email to Steven De Belder, email@example.com.
The dossier will be studied by the selection committee.
Deadline for application:
Dossiers will be treated as they come in, and an answer can be expected within approximately 2 weeks. In order to be able to organise yourself well to eventually travel to Brussels to participate in the final audition, it is advised to send it in as early as possible.
2/ Final audition
There is no fee for participating in the final audition.
Registration fee: 2500€
Tuition fee: 2500€
A daily macrobiotic lunch (during the periods in which the program is active) is included in the tuition fee.
The living expenses (accommodation, food, other) are estimated between 600€ (minimum) and 1000€ (more comfortable) per month, not including travel to and from Belgium.
Accommodation has to be sought on the private housing market in Brussels. Sharing an apartment with others is usually the most economic option. The student administrator at PARTS can provide information to help with searching for accommodation.
A good number of scholarships are available; the budget is limited, but we can help those who need it most.
In order to qualify for a scholarship, a candidate must prove that s/he has searched for scholarships at other funding bodies. Hopefully this will help you to be totally or partially independent of our scholarship fund. Moreover, by searching a scholarship with third bodies for yourself, you will also support all other students! Because the more candidates find support in other places, the more those who need(s)a PARTS scholarship the most, can actually benefit from our scholarship fund.
PARTS will accompany the candidates in this search. It is strongly advised to start searching for scholarships before the final audition!
If you need more clarity about the possibilities, relating to your individual situation, please contact Els De Meyer.
The budget for the scholarships is provided through the [DNA] Departures and Arrivals project, with the support of the European Commission (Creative Europe program).