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.
STUDIOS IS THE FOLLOW-UP OF THE 2-YEAR RESEARCH CYCLE WHICH WAS ORGANISED BETWEEN 2000 AND 2014, AND THE THREE PILOT RESEARCH PROGRAMS OF VARIOUS DURATIONS WHICH TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 2015 AND 2018.
THE STUDIOS PROGRAM WILL BE ORGANISED ONLY EVERY THREE YEARS.
AFTER 2019-21, THE NEXT CYCLE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2022-24.
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 personal 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 one’s own work and methodologies;
- a community of peers to share research and working practices.
1st year: September 23, 2019 – July 3 2020
2nd year: September 1, 2020 – end of September 2021
THE STUDIOS PROGRAM WILL BE ORGANISED ONLY EVERY THREE YEARS. THE NEXT CYCLE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2022-24.
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.
PARTS aims for a group of 12 participants between 21 and 27 years old. The group will consist of graduates of the PARTS Training Cycle and participants recruited through the audition process (see below).
The language of the programme will be English. Candidates must have very good English skills (minimum C1 on the CEFR scale). This will be tested during the audition.
Charlotte Vandevyver & Steven De Belder
Charlotte Vandevyver has been in charge of the dance program of STUK in Leuven since 2014. Before, she was artistic director of workspacebrussels, coordinator of Sarma and Research Assistant at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Antwerp. She has been member of many juries and was president of the Dance Commission of the Flemish Government from 2008 until 2014. She will become Deputy Director of PARTS in September 2020.
Steven De Belder has been coordinator of the Research Cycle and Research Studios programs at PARTS since 2003.