Departures and Arrivals



Applications for Research Studios 2017-2018
2017/03/27 › 2017/03/27


P.A.R.T.S. Research Studios is a 1-year program dedicated to artistic investigation in choreography, dance, and performance. It is aimed at young dance and performance artists who are curious to engage in an in-depth study of a topic/ eld contextualized in their own research.

The program will investigate re ective orality/aurality, how dancing and choreography could be sourced from experimental poetry and music. The criss cross of sound, word, and movement has had a substantial legacy in the 20th century. More recently, poetry has re-emerged in dance and visual art, renewing imagination beyond an instrumental trade in ideas.

Comparably, contemporary music explores a new imaginary of sound through the ethnomusicological study of tuning, reinventing instruments and composing sound and bodily movement. These experiments in music and poetry converge in listening: in temporalizing perception and thought, opening up an attitude of reception, and delving into what is not immediately given.


The coordinators of this program, the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić and the musician and dramaturge Alain Franco have devised a trajectory of research inputs from a number of choreographers, dancers, composers, musicologists, philosophers, writers such as Michael Beil, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Edvardsen, Tristan Garcia, Mette Ingvartsen, Janne-Camilla Lyster, Luk Vaes, Kristien Van den Brande, Myriam Van Imschoot, Daniel Linehan, François Nicolas, Stefan Prins, Robin Schulkowski and others. Additionally, Cvejić and Franco maintain the collective platform in which the research projects of the participants are embedded.

The program is organized on a weekly basis into workshops and seminars (3-5 days long) and periods of self-directed individual or collective research. Participants are strongly encouraged to collaborate with each other.


The program runs from Sept 11, 2017 until Sept 14, 2018 in blocks of 4–8 weeks with 1–2 weeks break and a long Summer break.


Young choreographers/performers/ dramaturges who hold at least a BA in choreography/dance/dramaturgy or who have at least 3 years of professional experience. Maximum 12 participants


Preselection by dossier – deadline March 27, 2017 Audition (by invitation only): April 10-13, 2017, in Brussels


Registration and tuition fee: € 5000. Scholarships will be available.

Structure of the program

11/9/2017 until 29/6/2018
The program is divided in 5 blocks of 5 to 8 weeks each, interrupted by short breaks of 1 or 2 weeks.
During the 34 weeks of these 5 blocks, 20 weeks are devoted to seminars and workshops, and 14 weeks are completely reserved for self-directed individual/collective research work.
In the weeks they are taking place, seminars and workshops run during the afternoons (usually 4,5 hours). In the mornings, students can work on the self-directed research or join the dance classes of the Training cycle.
During the breaks, students can continue working in the studios (except during the Christmas break).

Summer 2018
Between 2/7 and 26/8, there is an optional block of 8 weeks. If desired and needed students can continue working on their final presentations, but between July 2 and August 12, this needs to happen outside PARTS because of the summer activities organised there. From August 12 onwards, five PARTS-studios are available again for two weeks to prepare for the final presentations.

Final phase 27/8 - 14/9/2018
The final phase of the program takes place from August 27 until September 14, 2018, with presentations and feedback.

Studio time for self-directed research
In the mornings: there are generally 3 studios available for self-directed individual/collective research
In the afternoons: if approached individually, during the 14 weeks of open time for self-directed research, each student would have approx. 4 weeks for an individual project.
In the evenings and weekends, students can also work, according to availability of studios, which have to be shared with the Training students. In times of full use of the capacity, each student has approx. 4 hours per week studio time in evening or weekend.


PARTS will organise a number of information sessions in different places in Europe. At such sessions, Bojana Cvejic or Alain Franco will give an extended presentation of the background and practice of the program, with room for questions and individual meetings where potential candidates can check their profile and interests.

January 24, 10h: Goethe Institut, Chicago, USA
150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60601, United States

February 18, 17h: Espaço Alkantara, Lisbon, Portugal
Calçada Marquês Abrantes 99, 1200-718 Lisbon

February 25, time tbc, MDT, Stockholm, Sweden
Slupskjulsvägen 3011149 Stockholm