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STUDIOS is a 2-year fulltime research programme for dance-makers and choreographers, who intend to develop their creative voice and practice, in a learning environment that is communal and collaborative.

STUDIOS is the follow-up of the 2-year Research Cycle which was organised between 2000 and 2014, and the three pilot research programmes of various durations (lasting 4, 16, and 13 months) which took place between 2015 and 2018.

The Studios are organised only every three years. After 2019-21, the next cycle will be in 2022-24.


To enter the professional field of contemporary dance and tot 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 dance makers space, time and focus to develop a personal creative practice in the field of contemporary dance.

It offers:
- 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.


STUDIOS is aimed at young dance-makers 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 pre-defined 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 a 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 program will be English. Candidate must have very good English skills (minimum C1 on the CEFR scale). This will be tested during the audition.


Confirmed artists as teachers for the masterclasses are Mette Ingvartsen, Mette Edvardsen, Lia Rodrigues, Michiel Vandevelde and Jonathan Burrows. The morning dance classes in the first semester will be taught by Diane Madden. More names will follow soon!

The programmes for movement research and theory are still in development, in dialogue with Bojana Cvejic (theory) and Chrysa Parkinson (movement research).

COORDINATORS: 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 Workspace Brussels, 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 programmes at PARTS since 2003.


1st year: September 23, 2019 – July 3 2020

2nd year: September 1, 2020 – end of September 2021


The STUDIOS programme is aimed at the development of the participants’ artistic vision and creative skills. This happens in a collective environment: students develop a range of projects during the course, in collaboration with peers and in response to the different elements of the programme.

STUDIOS is a fulltime programme. Each year consists of approx. 1800 working hours, of which 30% (in the 1st year) and 20% (in the 2nd year) are collective taught classes and workshops.

The program develops along the following lines (concrete names of invited teachers will be published by March 1)

A/ daily dance class – 25 weeks in the 1st year, 27 weeks in the 2nd

year / 5 days a week, 90’ classes

Students can follow a daily dance class (90’) to keep training their bodies, which is organised in collaboration with the Rosas dance company and which will in certain periods also be open for other professional dancers. The daily dance class can be yoga, contemporary or ballet for contemporary dancers.

This class is optional – students can choose not to follow it and to develop an individual theory program.

B/ movement research workshops – 5 weeks in the 1st year, 4 weeks in the 2nd
year / 5 days a week, 180’ per session, 5 sessions a week
In the movement research workshops, experienced dance artists come to work on different methods and strategies for generating, building and writing movement.

C/ choreography masterclasses – 4 weeks in the 1st year, 4 weeks in the 2nd year / 5 days a week, 270’ sessions

The choreography masterclasses usually last one week each. Experienced choreographers working in different contexts and artists from other fields shares their creative practices, methodologies and reflections. They can enter these in dialogue with the participants’ ideas and work.
Certain masterclasses may lead into tasks to be developed in the self-directed research periods.
For the 2nd year, no artists will be announced yet, the development of this part of the programme will happen in dialogue with the concrete student group.

D/ Theory – 10 weeks in the 1st year, 8 weeks in the 2nd year / 5 days a week, 120’ or 180’classes

The theory program offers a range of diverse seminars dealing with a diverse range of topics ranging from research methodology, over topics in performance studies and philosophy to writing and communication skills. The theory program includes the writing and/or presentation of essays and papers.
In the 2nd year, all students will write a thesis which is a reflection starting from the research and questions of their final creation.

E/ Self-directed research – 14 weeks in the 1st year, 22 weeks in the 2nd year, 5 days a week

In the self-directed research periods, the participants develop their own research and creation projects, in collaboration with their peers (average 3 people per group) and possibly guests. In the 1st year, the periods are between 2 and 4 weeks long.
For the self-directed research, the students have a modest production budget. Coaching is provided by the pedagogical team. There is also a budget for additional mentors the participants can propose themselves.
There will be regular internal work-in-progress showings where students give feedback to each other’s work.
In the 2nd year, more than 2/3rd of the time is devoted to personal work (22 weeks). Students make their end-of-studies creation in an extended period of 11 weeks. The resulting works will be presented to the public in professional theatres. Parts of the creation period can take place in residencies at professional theatres or residency spaces in Brussels or elsewhere.

F/ cross-cultural thinking and creation

Contemporary choreographic creation will not only be approached from a Western point of view. The program will include several artists and thinkers from other parts of the globe as well as two specific projects taking place outside Europe:
*Camping Taipei (November 2019) is a week-long gathering of dance schools from Asia and beyond, featuring workshops by choreographers and artistic exchanges between the students of the participating schools. It is organised by the National Center for Performing arts in Taipei and the Centre national de la Danse in Paris.
*From January 2020, all STUDIOS participants will be in residence for five weeks at Ecole des Sables in Senegal. Ecole des Sables was founded by dancer and choreographer Germaine Acogny and is located on a large domain in Toubab Dialaw, 60 km south of Dakar ( Young African choreographers and dance makers, selected all over the continent, will also take part in the residency. The number of African participants is equal to the number of PARTS participants. The programme is a combination of African and Western dance workshops in the morning, and a discursive practice in the afternoon, exploring cultural, social and political African issues, and the post-colonial reality of today. African artists and thinkers will take the lead in the residency.

G/ Extra muros

Parts of the curriculum will take place outside the walls of PARTS: residencies, performances, international projects…
The students will participate in the annual Spring Meeting at pa-f in France ( which includes lectures, presentations and exchanges.
Students can also carry out projects outside the school walls, or propose short internships with professional artists or organisations.