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Generation XIII

Author: Delphine Hesters

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A three-year journey into the lives of five students at P.A.R.T.S., the renowned school for contemporary dance in Brussels. Through interviews and voicenotes recorded on their mobile phones, we follow Kia from New Zealand, Zoé from France, Marlla from Brazil, Renátó from Hungary and Eleni from Greece. Each episode covers a semester at P.A.R.T.S., from September 2019 until their graduation in the Summer of 2022.

Generation XIII is as much about dance as it is about the thrill and challenges of starting a new life, of learning and working hard, of homesickness, coming to grips with cultural differences, seizing life, forging friendships and having fun.

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Concept, realisation and editing: Delphine Hesters

Coaching: Nele Eeckhout (Audiocollectief SCHIK)

Mixing: Brecht Plasschaert

Theme music: Carlos Garbin

Visuals: Davy Denduyver, based on drawings by Jeanne Colin & Killian Madeleine

Production: Delphine Hesters

Coproduction: P.A.R.T.S., Concertgebouw Brugge, Kaaitheater, PACT Zollverein, STUK, Dansens Hus Oslo, DESINGEL, Etcetera

With the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel

12 Episodes
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September 2019: the 40 students of Generation XIII gather on the school premises with great enthusiasm and nervous giggles for the start of their training program at P.A.R.T.S. In this first episode, we learn what is specific to the school and how classes like ballet, performance analysis and rhythm present each of our five protagonists with their own, different challenges. It’s about the thrill and uncertainties of the start of a new life. How to find your bearings in a new city and within a...
Halfway into the first school year at P.A.R.T.S., the creation of a solo and the first intense theatre workshop push the students into new territories. The Coronavirus then hits Brussels and forces the school to close its doors. Just when friendships have started to take root, the group is forced to scatter. Some students return to their families in different parts of the world, while others have no choice but to stay in Brussels. How to dance when others have to be kept at a distance? How to...
Portrait of Marllon

Portrait of Marllon

2021-03-0921:55

Meet Marllon Araújo from BrazilP.A.R.T.S.Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie BrusselConcertgebouw BruggeKaaitheaterSTUKDansens Hus OsloDe SingelEtceteraPACT ZollvereinVlaamse Gemeenschap Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Portrait of Eleni

Portrait of Eleni

2021-03-0914:03

Meet Eleni Roberts from GreeceP.A.R.T.S.Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie BrusselConcertgebouw BruggeKaaitheaterSTUKDansens Hus OsloDe SingelEtceteraPACT ZollvereinVlaamse Gemeenschap Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Portrait of Renátó

Portrait of Renátó

2021-03-0915:26

Meet Renátó Miskolczi from HungaryP.A.R.T.S.Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie BrusselConcertgebouw BruggeKaaitheaterSTUKDansens Hus OsloDe SingelEtceteraPACT ZollvereinVlaamse Gemeenschap Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Portrait of Zoé

Portrait of Zoé

2021-03-0914:40

Meet Zoé Lakhnati from France.P.A.R.T.S.Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie BrusselConcertgebouw BruggeKaaitheaterSTUKDansens Hus OsloDe SingelEtceteraPACT ZollvereinVlaamse Gemeenschap Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Portrait of Kia

Portrait of Kia

2021-03-0916:17

Meet Kia Jewell from New Zealand P.A.R.T.S.Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestVlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie BrusselConcertgebouw BruggeKaaitheaterSTUKDansens Hus OsloDe SingelEtceteraPACT ZollvereinVlaamse Gemeenschap Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
After more than five months apart, the students of Generation XIII reunite in Brussels - both elated and uncomfortable, due to the mandatory face masks, the 1.5m distance rule and the impossibility of giving spontaneous hugs. At the start of the school year, the mood is defined not only by the Corona pandemic, but also by the Black Lives Matter manifesto that students had addressed to P.A.R.T.S. just before the summer. This will be a year of adaptation, bubbles, quarantines and sub-bubbl...
The turn of the year marks a low point in the students’ resilience and morale. The school has lost the sense of home it previously gave them. With little to engage with outside of P.A.R.T.S. and with the diversity of the problems of the students highlighted, tensions can run high. But through this hardship, friendships also become more profound. And the students experience that growing up is first and foremost: learning to live with yourself. Classes and music featured in this Episode: 1...
The start of the third and final year at P.A.R.T.S.: time to take in everything the school still has to offer. But also to prepare for what is to follow: professional life. Equally exciting as daunting. Although Corona has been consigned to the sidelines and school life is ‘back to normal’, the virus continues to reverberate in the personal struggles and tensions in the school. In addition to Black Lives Matter and mental health, also consent, food habits and gender diversity are on the agend...
The last straight line to graduation! The regular classes will soon be over. These final months are dedicated to creations with guest choreographers, personal projects and the realization of the students' Exiiit Festival. Throughout the hustle and bustle of the last semester, some personal explorations lead to major revelations. Eleni, Renátó, Marlla and Zoé manage to mark the tracks for their future... and we reunite in Brussels with Kia, for the celebratory ending of Generation XIII! C...
Three years of training at P.A.R.T.S. are over. Three years captured in the six Episodes of this podcast. In the Epilogue, we look back one more time. On a sunny Sunday in June 2022, Eleni, Renátó, Marlla and Zoé gathered around Delphine’s living room table of for a dinner and a conversation in four chapters, touching upon the different layers in this podcast: P.A.R.T.S. as a contemporary dance school / A generation of youngsters growing up in times of a global pandemic, debates on decolonisa...
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