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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 new community while missing your loved ones back home? How to unlearn what you have previously been taught and start building anew?Classes and music 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, to live piano by Pieter SmoutP.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera De Singel Vlaamse Gemeenschap PACT Zollverein
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 move in a bedroom of 8m2? How to learn through a 13” screen and with all your peers far away? Classes and music 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, to 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, to live piano by Pieter Smout 7. Contemporary technique (in Dudenpark), David Hernandez, to Let’s Stay of Hector PlimmerP.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera De Singel Vlaamse Gemeenschap PACT Zollverein
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 PACT Zollverein Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Portrait of Eleni

Portrait of Eleni

2021-03-0914:03

Meet Eleni Roberts from GreeceP.A.R.T.S. Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater STUK Dansens Hus Oslo De Singel Etcetera PACT Zollverein Vlaamse Gemeenschap
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 PACT Zollverein Vlaamse Gemeenschap
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 PACT Zollverein Vlaamse Gemeenschap
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 PACT Zollverein Vlaamse Gemeenschap
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-bubbles... and a short escape to La Palma. Living in constant uncertainty, the pressure on the mental wellbeing of these youngsters is high. How to deal with a pandemic, far from home, while keeping your focus on your schoolwork? Classes and music featured in this Episode: 1. Workshop Rosas repertory Drumming, Taka Shamoto, Ursula Robb, Clinton Stringer and Sue-Yeon Youn, to Drumming of Steve Reich, performed by Ictus 2. Contemporary technique, Alesandra Seutin, to live music of Zouratié Koné 3. Ballet, Libby Far, to live piano by Pieter Smout 4. Contemporary technique workshop Trisha Brown, Diane Madden 5. Workshop Flying Low, David Zambrano 6. Students practicing on Suena of Ondatrópica P.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel
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. Rhythm, Michael Schmid 2. Contemporary technique, Laura Aris, to music of Roger Marín 3. Singing, Lucy Grauman, Ach Elslein, Lieber Elslein of Ludwig Senfl 4. Workshop Cunningham technique, Cédric Andrieux, to live piano by Pieter Smout 5. Ballet, Douglas Becker, to live piano of Bart Van Bulck 6. Contemporary technique, Cassiel Gaube 7. Trio presentation of Zoé, Eleni and Macarena, to Joseph Haydn string quartet The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross, live by Ellen Van Neste, Ine Van Dyck, Saar Van Bergen and Emiel Vertongen 8. Rhythm,  Kaja Farszky on triangle 9. Contemporary technique, Laura Aris, to music of Samir Kadribašić for Under The Eyelids of Zagreb Dance Company * We are still waiting for the permission to use A Love Supreme by John Coltrane in this Episode. As soon as we get it, a new version will be uploaded.  P.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel
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 agenda. At the start of the organization of the graduation student festival, it sounds: "to listen to each other is our biggest challenge." Classes, projects and music featured in this Episode: 1. Workshop Renan Martins (in Dudenpark) to Sueño En Paraguay of Chancha Via Circuito 2. Workshop Alain Franco and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker with live piano by Alain Franco: Take Five of Dave Brubeck, Johann Sebastian Bach and America of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim 3. Workshop, Rosas Repertory The Six Brandenburg Concertos, Cynthia Loemij, Thomas Vantuycom, Jason Respilieux to video-recorded live music by B’Rock Orchestra, led by Amandine Beyer 4. Workshop Samantha Van Wissen to Fever of Balthazar 5. Contemporary technique, Alesandra Seutin, singing Blackbird by Nina Simone  6. Contemporary technique, Jamie Scott 7. Ballet, Libby Farr, to live piano by Bart Van Bulck 8. Workshop Mette Ingvartsen, to Spem in alium (the forty PART) of Thomas Tallis, performed by Suzi Digby & ORA singers 9. Workshop Meg Stuart to live music by Douglas Weiss, Lonely woman of Ornette Coleman on double bass 10. Ballet, Libby Far to live piano by Bart Van BulckP.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel
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! Classes, projects and music featured in this Episode: 1. Ballet, Lise Vachon, to live piano by Wannes Vanderhoeven 2. Contemporary technique, David Hernandez to CCMYK1 of Henrik Schwarz & Alma Quartet 3. Contemporary technique, Rakesh Shukesh to Eghass Malan of Les Filles de Illighadad  4. Ballet, Lise Vachon to live piano by Wannes Vanderhoeven 5. Creation A LOT A PART A BODY by Philipp Gehmacher to music of Peter Kutin 6. Contemporary technique, Diane Madden 7. Ballet, Douglas Becker to live piano by Bart Van Bulck 8. Creation Offering for a monster by Tamara Cubas 9. Creation Routes of Marlla Araújo & Luyd Carvalho 10. Creation FLIES of Renátó Miskolczi (at WIELS Art Center) 11. Creation You Wonder What I See of Eleni Roberts and Solal Mariotte to live music by Hippolyte Massini 11. Creation Where The Fuck Am I? of Per Anders Solli and Zoé Lakhnati 12. Students singing a spontaneous Generation 13 song at the graduation party. P.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel
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 decolonisation, consent and gender diversity, climate crisis and war / Young artists carving out a path for themselves, while witnessing and supporting one another. And we hear how the students experienced being part of this podcast project, documenting their lives for three intense years.  P.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Dansens Hus Oslo Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel
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