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Generation XIII

Author: Delphine Hesters

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A three-year journey into the lives of five students at PARTS, 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, Marllon from Brazil, Renátó from Hungary and Eleni from Greece. Each episode covers a semester at PARTS, 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 and realisation: 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

Coproduction: PARTS, Concertgebouw Brugge, Kaaitheater, STUK, Dansens Hus Oslo, Etcetera

With the support of: Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel en het Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest

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Episodes 3 & 4: release Autumn 2021

Episodes 5 & 6: release Autumn 2022

7 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 PARTS. 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 new community while missing your loved ones back home? How to unlearn what you have previously been taught and start building anew?Classes featured in this Episode: 1. Contemporary technique, David Hernandez (to Havana Rhythm Dance of Auntie Flo ft Andrew Ashong) 2. Singing, Lucy Grauman 3. Rhythm, Michel Debrulle 4. Contemporary technique, Laura Aris (to Another White Bird of Wovenhand) 5. Music analysis, Mattijs Van Damme (to Quatuor VII ‘Opentime’ 21 variations Pour Quatuor à Cordes of Pascal Dusapin, played by Arditti Quartet) 6. Ballet, Janet Panetta (live piano by Pieter Smout)* * * * * * * *
Halfway into the first school year at PARTS, 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 move in a bedroom of 8m2? How to learn through a 13” screen and with all your peers far away? Classes featured in this Episode: 1. Contemporary technique, Laura Aris (to Sleeping Up of David Byrne) 2. Theatre workshop, group guided by Eva Schram 3. Ballet, Libby Far (live piano by Pieter Smout) 4. Contemporary technique (online), Diane Madden 5. Artistic Practice (online), Alexander Vantournhout (to Meteor Crater Part One of Andrea Belfi) 6. Gyro Ballet (online), Libby Far (live piano by Pieter Smout) 7. Contemporary technique (in Dudenpark), David Hernandez (to Let’s Stay of Hector Plimmer)P.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera De Singel
Portrait of Marllon

Portrait of Marllon

2021-03-0921:55

Meet Marllon Araújo from BrazilP.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo De Singel Etcetera
Portrait of Eleni

Portrait of Eleni

2021-03-0914:03

Meet Eleni Roberts from Greece
Portrait of Renátó

Portrait of Renátó

2021-03-0915:26

Meet Renátó Miskolczi from HungaryP.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo De Singel Etcetera
Portrait of Zoé

Portrait of Zoé

2021-03-0914:40

Meet Zoé Lakhnati from France.P.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo De Singel Etcetera
Portrait of Kia

Portrait of Kia

2021-03-0916:17

Meet Kia Jewell from New Zealand P.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo De Singel Etcetera
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