Departures and Arrivals



2017/09/11 › 2018/06/26

Research programme for choreographers, performers, dramaturges

Movement x Sound x Word

General outline of the programme

P.A.R.T.S. Research Studios is a fulltime two-semester program dedicated to intensive artistic investigation during or prior to the process of creation in choreography, dance, and performance. It is aimed at young dance and performance artists with (an equivalent of) a B.A. or an M.A. degree, who are curious and ready to engage in an in-depth study of a topic/field contextualized in their own research. The program will run from 11 September 2017 until 14 September 2018.

The 2017/2018 program will investigate reflective orality/aurality, and will ask how dancing and choreography could be sourced from experimental music and poetry.
The crisscross of sound, word, and movement has had a substantial legacy in 20th century experiments in music, performance art and dance. More recently, poetry has re-emerged in dance and visual art in various antispectacular expressions in which the poetic use of language has renewed 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 situations in which sound and bodily movement are composed in studio. Thus, current experiments in music and poetry converge in listening, in both literal and figurative senses of the word: in temporalizing perception and thought, opening up an attitude of reception, and delving into what is not immediately given, into what is opaque or ambiguous, or requires closer inspection and longer reflection.

How do we envision relationships between choreography and text today? Between choreographed movement and composed sound? What are the current experiments involving spoken word, gesture, voice, sound, music and movement in performance? What is the allure of poetry today and how does poetry pierce contemporary dance? How can we re-imagine and re-tool more exacting relations between movement and sound, sound and word, movement and word? How to mobilize the experimental legacy of ethnomusicology in shaping music and sound together with movement? Does the dancing body have the expressive power to speak and tell beyond itself? What do we mean when we perform in the first person singular, and what do we stand for when we say the plural “we”? These will be some of the questions in the focus as we investigate reflective orality/aurality.

The coordinators of this program, the performance theorist and musicologist Bojana Cvejić and the musician and dramaturg Alain Franco have devised a one-year long trajectory of research inputs from a number of guests invited to give workshops, seminars and lectures. Among the invited choreographers, dancers, composers, musicologists, philosophers and writers are Michael Beil, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Edvardsen, Tristan Garcia, Mette Ingvartsen, Janne-Camilla Lyster, Luk Vaes, Kristien Van den Brande, Myriam Van Imschoot & Marcus Bergner, Daniel Linehan & Stefan Prins, and François Nicolas. Each guest will unfold a particular approach, a set of ideas and materials. In addition to the collective research practice they will carry out, Cvejić and Franco will maintain the consistency and continuity of the collective thematic platform in which the research projects of the participants are embedded.

Candidates are invited to apply on the basis of specific artistic interest in exploring choreography/dance/performance in relation to experimental music and poetry. Their research projects should be thematically linked and sourced from the investigation of reflective orality/aurality. The aim of the program is to provide an opportunity for an in-depth investigation of a choreographic and performance problem related to the topic of study. Thus the program extends the research phase prior to production in order to sharpen the focus and investigate thoroughly the possibilities the artist will later realize in creation after the end of the program. The outcomes of the research could be one of the following:

1) material propositions with respect to the formulated research questions/problems

2) a lecture-demonstration

3) a written account (diverse textual formats, essay, scores and so on)

4) a presentation in another medium than live performance (e.g. sound, video)

5) a short, small-scale piece as a first step in the creation of a performance

Practically, the program is organized on a weekly basis into workshops and seminars (3-5 days long) and open research periods of open research during which the content and practices of the workhops and seminars can be digested and transformed into self-directed individual or collective research. Participants are strongly encouraged to collaborate with each other in order to make efficient use of the available studio and working time. The coordinators divide the task of supervising individual/collective research, accompanying and supporting the participants over the entire period. The supervision also includes studio visits by the invited guests. The time for the completion of the final outcome is extended over summer, allowing the participants more extracurricular time, mostly outside PARTS, for their research work. The program is concluded in the final presentations and feedback sessions in September 2018.


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.

Overview of the year
11/9 – 13/10: first block
16/10 – 29/10: break
30/10 - 15/12: second block
16/12 – 3/1: break (no access to the studios between 24/12 and 3/1)

4/1 – 23/2: third block
24/2 – 4/3: break
5/3 – 20/4: fourth block
21/4 – 6/5: break
7/5 – 29/6: fifth block
2/7 – 24/8: summer break (no access to the studios between 9/7 and 12/8)
27/8 – 14/9: final block