Pilot #1 February – June 2015 

In 2017, PARTS will start the Research Studios, a specific research program independent from its three year Training program. The Research program is intended for young choreographers and dramaturges, who will work in an environment where reflection and studio experimentation, exchange and collaboration with other artists are the basic working formats. 

A full Research cycle will last two years and each one will have a specific research theme. In 2017-2018, the topic will be the different relations between dance and music. 

In 2015-2016, there will be a pilot phase in which the new approaches and the research topic dance – music will be tested. Four blocks of four months (17 weeks) will each have a singular perspective: a specific artist or approach to the question dance vs. music. For the first block we stay close to our own experiences at PARTS/Rosas, as we will focus on the practice of our director/choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In the three following blocks we will research totally different experiences, methods and practices. 

It is possible to register for only the first block (pilot #1) or only for the three following blocks (pilot #2). And of course both pilots can be combined. 

In pilot #1 (February 16 - June 12, 2014), the compositional concepts and tools of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas will be studied critically under the headings ‘understanding’, ‘handling’ and ‘positioning’, through theory and music lectures and seminars, studio sessions and personal creative tasks. They will be used as tools for experimentation that feeds the creative practice of the participants, and for reflection about the use of the past for future creativity. Auditions for pilot #1 will take place in November, deadline for application is October 17. 

A second project pilot #2 (three blocks of 4 months from August 2015 onwards) will focus on many other possible relations between dance and music. It will feature workshops, masterclasses and seminars with different artists and thinkers, and a strong thread of studio experimentation to develop new ideas and practices relating choreography to music. 

Auditions for pilot #2 will take place in Spring 2015. Details about the program will be published in December 2014. 

The Research Studios are coordinated by Steven De Belder, Alain Franco and Gabriel Schenker. 

For each pilot project, we offer 12 positions. 

Focus is on persons with a strong choreographic interest and 2 or 3 theoreticians who prepare for a career as a dramaturge or a dance critic. 

- MA in dance/choreography or MA in dance/performance studies, OR similar professional experience 
- good basic musical knowledge 
- minimum age 23, maximum age 35 
- very good skills in speaking and writing in English 

Pilot #1 will run between February 16 and June 12, 2015, a full-time program of 17 weeks. 
The tuition fee amounts to 4.000€. Scholarships are available. 
The first selection is by dossier, to be submitted before October 17 2014. 
The final selection round will be an audition in Brussels, November 21-24. 

For more information about the program and admission procedure, visithttp://www.parts.be

Contact: PARTS/ Eva Vanhole, Van Volxemlaan 164 1190 Brussels Belgium – eva.vanhole@parts.be 

Details about pilot#2 will be available in December 2014. 

P.A.R.T.S is an intiative of Rosas and De Munt. The school is funded by the Minisrtry of education of the Flemish Government. The Research Studios project is part of the European project [DNA] and is supported by the Creative Europe program of the European Commission. PARTS and HES-SO/Manufacture (Lausanne/CH) are partner institutions for higher education in contemporary dance for the 2013-2017 period.

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