12 episodes

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

Generation XIII Delphine Hesters

    • Society & Culture

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

    Episode 5. We don’t have a map to follow

    Episode 5. We don’t have a map to follow

    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 Bulck
    P.A.R.T.S. Concertgebouw Brugge Kaaitheater PACT Zollverein STUK De Singel Etcetera Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel

    • 47 min
    Episode 6. The resilient generation

    Episode 6. The resilient generation

    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

    • 58 min
    Epilogue. Looking back and 10 years into the future

    Epilogue. Looking back and 10 years into the future

    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

    • 48 min
    Episode 3. Adapt, adapt, adapt

    Episode 3. Adapt, adapt, adapt

    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

    • 44 min
    Episode 4. I know myself better, thanks to Corona

    Episode 4. I know myself better, thanks to Corona

    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

    • 46 min
    Portrait of Kia

    Portrait of Kia

    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

    • 16 min

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