STUDIOS IS A TWO-YEAR RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM THAT FOCUSES ON ASPIRING DANCE-MAKERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS WITH A STRONG INTEREST IN MOVEMENT AND RESEARCH WHO INTEND TO DEVELOP THEIR CREATIVE VOICE AND PRACTICE, IN A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT IS COMMUNAL AND COLLABORATIVE. STUDENTS DEVELOP AUTONOMOUS PROJECTS DURING THE COURSE, IN COLLABORATION WITH PEERS AND IN RESPONSE TO THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM.
THE STUDIOS PROGRAM WILL BE ORGANISED ONLY EVERY THREE YEARS. ITS VERY FIRST CYCLE TOOK PLACE IN 2019-2021.
To enter the professional field of contemporary dance and to sustain oneself as a young maker, is quite a challenge. The more precise and articulated one’s vision and practice is when one enters the field, the better chances one has to build a sustainable career.
The STUDIOS program is about giving young dancemakers space, time and focus to develop a creative practice in the field of contemporary dance.
- skills to develop, question and renew their craft in making dance;
- new perspectives, including from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, to widen their vision;
- theoretical tools to sharpen the articulation of their ideas and practices;
- coaching, exchange and dialogue to develop new insights about their work and methodologies;
- a community of peers to share research and working practices.
1st year: September 26, 2022 – July 1, 2023
2nd year: September 4, 2023 – end of September 2024
STUDIOS is aimed at young dancemakers and choreographers who have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree in dance or choreography, and who want to devote more time and space to develop a choreographic practice. The STUDIOS program does not have a predefined notion of choreographic authorship, and it welcomes both individual authors-choreographers and performers who want to develop their creation skills in processes that are collaborative or driven by an author.
PARTS aims for candidates with strong dance and performance skills and a creative practice that is rooted in studio work, which is the approach the school is best equipped to nourish and support. This does not exclude other profiles and approaches.
STUDIOS is a fulltime residential programme, which means that participants live in Brussels and that a consistent and permanent combination with another study programme or artistic practice elsewhere is not sustainable.
PARTS aims for a group of 12 participants between 21 and 27 years old. The group will consist of graduates of the PARTS BA Training Cycle and external participants, both recruited through a shared audition process (see below).
The language of the program will be English. Candidates must have very good English skills (minimum C1 on the CEFR scale). This will be tested during the audition.
Steven De Belder - coördinator
Steven De Belder has been coordinator of the Research Cycle and Research Studios programs at PARTS since 2003. He oversees the general development and implementation of the STUDIOS programme.
Bojana Cvejic - theory coördinator
Bojana Cvejic is researcher, lecturer and dramaturge. She teaches theory at PARTS since 2002, has been co-curator of the Research Studios pilot projects (2014-2018) and coôrdinates the development of the theory program for both the BA Training and the MA STUDIOS.