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PARTS@WORKS#4 Showing of Rosas repertoire ‘DRUMMING (fragments)’ - Thursday & Friday March 30-31, 2023 - 19h

It is with great excitement that we invite you for the public showing of ‘Drumming (fragments)’ performed by the first year bachelor Training students in the Rosas Performance Space.During a four-week intensive workshop, the Training students have worked in 3 groups on the Rosas repertory ‘Drumming’, guided by Sue-Yeon Youn, Laura-Maria Poletti, Cynthia Loemij and Clinton Stringer. ‘

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The Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 for graphic designer Paul Boudens

We are very proud to share that graphic designer Paul Boudens received the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award 2023.Paul Boudens has been a longtime partner of P.A.R.T.S (since 2005) for all our graphic design for the auditions, SummerSchool, Graduation works & tour, and much more. Paul was also responsible for the graphic design of our twentieth anniversary book “20 years – 50 portraits”.

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Book launch by Jeroen Peeters, with Jonathan Burrows and Sara Manente - Thursday November 24 - 19h

And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy" Book launch by Jeroen Peeters, with Jonathan Burrows and Sara ManenteFree entrance - no reservations - 7pm - P.A.R.T.S.Drawing on his experience in the field of contemporary dance, in "And then it got legs: Notes on dance dramaturgy", Jeroen Peeters discusses principles, methods and practices that contribute to an understanding of dramaturgy as an experimental, collaborative practice and a material form of thinking.

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Open call for participants - P.A.R.T.S. / Ecole des Sables exchange program in Senegal January 9 – February 10, 2023

From January 9 until February 10, 2023, P.A.R.T.S. initiates an exchange project between a group of African dancers-choreographers and the PARTS STUDIOS participants at Ecole des Sables, the International Centre for Traditional & Contemporary Dances of Africa in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.Ecole des Sables was founded by dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny, and is since 2021 under the artistic direction of Alesandra Seutin and Wesley Ruzibiza.How to apply?

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PARTS@WORK - Showing of “Passing through” by David Zambrano - Thursday October 27th, 2022 - 18h

It is with great pleasure that we invite you for the very first public showing of Generation XIV: “Passing through” by David Zambrano on Thursday October 27th at 18h in RPS.During a three-week intensive workshop, the students of the 1st year Training cycle have worked with David Zambrano on 'Passing Through', an improvisation structure exploring the infinite possibilities of moving within a group in a set timespace.

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Generation XIII – a documentary podcast, a three-year journey into the lives of five students at P.A.R.T.S.

Today the last three episodes of the podcast Generation XIII are launched and online.In july 2022, the 13th generation of bachelor students at P.A.R.T.S. has festively graduated from the training program and so this story is also finished. A remarkable journey captured in 5 portraits, 6 episodes and an epilogue.Episodes 5 and 6 are all about the graduation year 2021-22.With an epilogue, a final retrospective of the protagonists Eleni, Marlla, Renato and Zoé.Want to know more about it?

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Graduation of Generation XIII

We finally got there and how! After three eventful years, Generation XIII - "the resilient generation" - ​graduated last Sunday and was awarded for the very first time with a Professional Bachelor degree in Dance. The ceremony was warm & emotional with family & friends coming from all corners of the world, and with the supporting presence of the whole team of teachers, (ex-)staff, tutors, faculty, board members and all friends of PARTS (and let's not forget to mention that the buffet was exquisite).So we want to thank e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e who has made this day an unforgettable one!

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We are more than delighted to welcome you to the EXiiiT Festival.To mark the end of their studies at P.A.R.T.S., the students of Generation XIII have been busy organizing and curating the EXiiiT festival. EXiiiT will be their most extensive collective project yet! Composed of performances, exhibitions, discussions, and other activities, the festival is a chance for the public to encounter the emerging artists who make up Generation XIII and gain insight into the work they have been doing over the past three years.All INFO about the program >>Practical info and TICKETS here>>We hope to see you soon!

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R.I.P. Linda Raymond-Dougher (5/9/1954-13/5/2022)

PARTS mourns the passing away of Linda Raymond-Dougher. Since 2006, every second or third year she taught English classes to newly arriving students during the first semester or during the Summer preceding it, helping them to get to the level required for following daily classes in English. Linda was an ever-enthusiastic, supportive and inspiring teacher. Her importance went much further than helping students to improve their English: she empowered them, made them feels at ease in a new environment, and loved to check in on their further development as dancers in showings and performances. She passed away on May 13 after a long illness.

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PARTS@WORK#4 - Saturday March 26, 7pm

It is with great pleasure that we invite you for the public performance PARTS@WORK#4 on Saturday March 26th, 2022.PARTS@WORK#4 consists of several pieces - all personal work - of the 3rd year students from the Bachelor program Training.For the first time, entrance is not for free.The ticket revenue goes integrally to Vluchtelingenwerk to help refugees all over the world forced to flee their homes.There is a suggested price (5 EUR), but you decide what you can pay.No reservation is needed but the capacity is limited.

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P.A.R.T.S. Guest creations 2022 - March 30-31-April 1 - Tickets are for sale as of today!

We are more than delighted to welcome you to the performances of the Guest creations 2022.In the 3rd year of the BA Training program, choreographers are invited to make a piece together with a group of students.In 2022, PARTS invited three choreographers: Tamara Cubas (Uruguay), Philipp Gehmacher (Austria) and Fabrice Mazliah (Switzerland/Germany). Each of them worked 8 weeks with a group of 8-13 students. From March 30 until April 1, 2022, you can discover the results during 3 evenings in the Rosas Performance Space.

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P.A.R.T.S. is calling for new participants for the master program STUDIOS 2022-2024: a 2-year full time research program for young dance-makers & choreographers who want to develop their creative voice and practice in contemporary dance.The STUDIOS (MA) program is aimed at students who have obtained at least a BA degree in dance or choreography (or another BA and equivalent professional experience in dance), with strong dance and performance skills and a creative practice that is rooted in studio work.P.A.R.T.S. aims for a group of 12 participants between 21 and 27 years old.

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Throwback “Today At The Station” by Maria Hassabi in the frame of SLOW 2022!

This weekend the 3rd year bachelor students participated in the third edition of SLOW festival in Bruges. A big thanks to e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e involved for these amazing past few days!On Saturday the students moved for 12 hours in a row through the train station in Bruges. Slowly, a movement score unfolded in space. Passersby were captivated by the colourful constellations and thoughtful actions.“Today At The Station” is a choreography by Cypriot artist Maria Hassabi that focuses on slowing down and stillness. Their movements were accompanied by a soundscape of the Greek composer Stavros Gasparatos, especially created for this occasion.

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P.A.R.T.S. at SLOW Festival in Bruges train station - Saturday February 5th

Don’t miss this one time opportunity to see our students from the 3rd BA Training perform collectively! This weekend the students take part in the third edition of SLOW festival in Bruges In a society that is all about rushing forward, Concertgebouw Brugge gives you 36 hours to stop and reflect.On Saturday, February 5th, about 35 PARTS students will move through the entrance hall of the Bruges train station. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., they will perform a choreography by Cypriot artist Maria Hassabi that focuses on slowing down and stillness. Their movements are accompanied by a soundscape by the Greek composer Stavros Gasparatos.Let this choreography stir you for a moment and take the time to stop and zoom in on the details.

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PARTS@WORK#3 - Sunday January 30th, 3pm

We are very excited to invite you for the public performance PARTS@WORK#3 on Sunday January 30th, 2022.PARTS@WORK#3 consists of several pieces - all personal work - of the 3rd year students from the Bachelor program Training.Free entrance – no reservation is needed but the capacity is limited - with CST.Doors open at 14h30 - showing starts at 15h sharp (latecomers are not admitted)End foreseen at 17h15 Duration: 2 hours (with a break of 15 minutes).

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REGISTRATIONS for the third and last WINTER WORKSHOP (Feb. 26-27, 2022) are OPEN.

To get familiar with the school and the program. P.A.R.T.S. organizes a number of activities for those interested in applying for the Training (BA) cycle auditions in the spring of 2022.Are you a young aspiring dancer/choreographer considering participating in the auditions for the Training program of 2022-2025? During the winter of 2021-2022, you can actively take part in three long weekends with a variety of workshops.

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We are more than delighted to announce EXTRA AUDITIONS for our upcoming BA Training program 2022-2025 in Brazil (São Paulo) , Iceland (Reykjavik), Finland (Helsinki), Germany (Hamburg), Hungary (Budapest) and Tunisia (Tunis).REGISTER NOW because it’s going fast: the preselection in Paris on Saturday January 15th is full. We gladly refer candidates to the nearest pre-selection in Brussels on saturday January 8th, where there are still places available. All info about the program, the preselections, the audition process & REGISTRATION: read more >>

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REGISTRATIONS for the second WINTER WORKSHOP (Jan. 5-7, 2022) are OPEN.

To get familiar with the school and the program. P.A.R.T.S. organizes a number of activities for those interested in applying for the Training (BA) cycle auditions in the spring of 2022.Are you a young aspiring dancer/choreographer considering participating in the auditions for the Training program of 2022-2025? During the winter of 2021-2022, you can actively take part in three long weekends with a variety of workshops.

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PARTS@WORK#1 - Sunday October 10th at 16h

You are very welcome to join us on Sunday October 10th for the first PARTS@WORK of this academic year 2021-22. PARTS@WORK#1 consists in several pieces - all personal work - of the 3rd year students from the Bachelor program Training.We look forward to your visit and would like to remind you that a valid Covid Safe Ticket is required to attend this performance. Anyone aged 12 years and older must present a valid Covid Safe Ticket (or EU Digital COVID Certificate) in the form of a QR code (digital or printed) as well as a piece of identification with picture.Please take into account the extra CST control and arrive well on time.

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Live streamed interviews with Theo Van Rompay

On Sunday September 26th, Rosas and PARTS celebrated the retirement of Theo Van Rompay, co-founder of the school who worked as deputy director for more than 25 years. As part of the celebrations, Theo was interviewed by journalist Anna Luyten, theatre maker and political activist Dominique Willaert and choreographer Jonathan Burrows. During the conversations, they touched upon different aspects of his professional career at and beyond PARTS.

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Summer ‘s here

We feel very fortunate to have rounded off the academic year 20-21 with a whole series of internal and public performances, both from the Training and the STUDIOS students, in Brussels and Oostende.On September 6th, we will restart with the third and last year of the Bachelor’s program TRAINING. Also in September, a first generation of students in the Master's program STUDIOS will graduate. We are very proud to award, for the very first time, an Academic Master degree in Dance.

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P.A.R.T.S at DANSAND! festival in Ostend

To close the academic year we will dance into the summer at the DANSAND! festival in Ostend. DANSAND! is a festival for dance and movement. This year the focus is on encounter and connection with a three-day program full of performances at special locations. P.A.R.T.S. is a regular and welcome guest at DANSAND!, in the past there have been numerous creations with guest choreographers, site-specific performances and graduation works. This year, the Training students present a series of solos.

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Dance Day - the 6th edition on Saturday 24 april 2021

"This is not a form of resistance unless you dance, make a risky move to stand a chance".Using the song "The World As It M$$$F Is" and its quote from John the Houseband as a starting point we will venture out into the city of Brussels for two days. Finding a way on how we as dancers can relate to the state of the present world. On the first day we will visit several nursing homes in Forest transforming their daily view on the outside world into spectacle. The next day will be an invasion of 35 dancers moving through brussels, always on the move, with colourful costumes, filling the public space with derailed corona-proof activities aspiring to create a brief sense of liberty. During the week, they will also be working on a video performance outdoors, you can find all the videos here.

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Training students work on Trisha Brown repertoire

Over the last five weeks the students from our Bachelor programme Training got to work on the repertory of Trisha Brown’s Son of gone Fishin’ (1981). They immersed themselves in the material under the guidance of two company members, Samuel Wentz and Leah Ives. Our tutor Diane Madden, who has a rich history with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, curated the workshop project and prepared the students for this block by transmitting the phrase material and in depth technical knowledge throughout her contemporary technique classes.

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Generation XIII – a documentary podcast, a three-year journey into the lives of five students at PARTS.

Today is the official launch of Generation XIII, a documentary podcast about 5 dancers, 3 years, 1 school: a portrait of a generation at PARTS.Generation XIII drafts a portrait of the generation that has been studying at PARTS since September 2019, through the experiences and voices of five students following the Bachelor program Training.Sociologist Delphine Hesters follows Eleni from Greece, Kia from New Zealand, Marllon from Brazil, Renátó from Hungary and Zoé from France, all through their studies, until the Summer of 2022.

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STUDIOS residency in workspace wpZimmer

Last week, STUDIOS students had a residency in the workspace wpZimmer in Antwerp, as part of the course 'Contextual labs': an intensive but fulfilling week of interactive learning, sharing and exploring.They followed a work programme in which various wpZimmer employees shared their expertise with the students. The programme included discussions with the artistic team about the mission and functioning of the house, a master class on communicating about artistic work, a master class on setting up and managing one's own productions, and a two-day introduction to stage techniques (light and sound). Herewith some pictures of their work and studio experiments.

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Become a Friend of P.A.R.T.S.

Our students come from all over the world, they are diverse in ethnicity, gender, cultural environment. And their parents hold different positions in society. Some of them can easily take on the study costs of their daughter or son, for others this is an impossible hurdle.PARTS selects students solely on the basis of talent. In order to ensure access to the school for all those selected, the P.A.R.T.S.FOUNDATION was set up. It has only one goal: to raise funds for scholarships for our students. And you can help us! Read more here

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Teaching at PARTS: Diane Madden

Last week Diane Madden concluded 3 weeks of teaching contemporary technique to the 2nd year students of the Training Cycle. In her class, Diane Madden is building up material and skills towards a longer Trisha Brown repertoire workshop in Spring 2021, in which students will be creating their own version of Brown’s “Son of Gone Fishin’” 1981.Diane has been giving workshops at PARTS based on Trisha Brown’s repertoire for many years. Since 1980 Diane has been an integral part of Trisha Brown’s work: as a dancer, rehearsal director and Associate Artistic Director.It is a special honour for PARTS that Diane Madden is associated with the school for the entire Training Cycle, from 2019-2022.

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A farewell and new beginnings

On the first day of the new academic year 2020-21, Theo Van Rompay, co-founder of P.A.R.T.S., stepped down as Deputy Director of the school. He will retire on September 1st, 2021 and during the last year of his employment he will focus on a number of special projects.Charlotte Vandevyver, previously coordinator of the STUDIOS program, took up her position as the new deputy director of P.A.R.T.S. With Director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a new female duo will now lead the school. As an addition to the team we also welcome Yannick Roman as the new Financial and Administrative Manager.

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Open air classes with David Hernandez

The academic year is running towards its end, the Summer holiday is just around the corner.On Saturday June 27th we organized the last open-air class in Duden park with David Hernandez.Since May 18 - when the National Security Council decided that training outdoors for group sports was allowed again – we have organized a weekly 90’ outdoor dance class in the park for a group of maximum 20 people. A very welcome relief for all the students that have been locked up in small Brussels spaces with no access to flowery backyards, mountain-view meadows or sunny beaches. Luck was on our side, the weather was always very nice.

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No more classes in PARTS this academic year, due to corona crisis

The school management has decided to suspend all classes until the end of the academic year. The safety of students and teachers cannot be guaranteed as social distancing is in many cases not an option for a dance school. Moreover, our studios are not big enough to work with groups of 20 students, while a permanent distance of 1.5 meters should be kept between all dancers.The online classes for the students will continue until the end of June. Many PARTS teachers have made great efforts to adapt their teaching practice to online teaching, including technique teachers for ballet and contemporary dance. The majority of the students of the Training Cycle have now returned to their home country.

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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 animals'Philosopher 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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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.

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

This lecture centres on the practices of African Diaspora art as archive, resistance and transformation. It adopts an Afrogenic approach, restructuring the “geographies of reason” and approaches the various timelines, genres and practices from the perspective of rhythm as a mobile institution. It seeks to move out of the realm of mysticism, obscurity and tropes over into access, right to opacity and approachability. The lecture seeks to courageously step into the uncomfortable and difficult conversation with the perspective of generous black rage.

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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."More information about the performance here.

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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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