Delphine Hesters & PARTS
17.03 – 11.07.2021
Every three years a thousand young dancers from all over the world audition for PARTS: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s school for contemporary dance in Brussels. Only 40 are chosen to enter the Training Cycle. Delphine Hesters’s documentary podcast Generation XIII drafts a portrait of the generation that has been studying at PARTS since September 2019. Through interviews, dance studio recordings, and audio-diary entries, we follow Eleni from Greece, Marllon from Brazil, Zoé from France, Renátó from Hungary and Kia from New Zealand. For three years, the podcast follows them in the most intense, formative years of their lives together. Sometimes in harmony and sometimes in contrast, their voices draw a picture of what it means to learn, to dance and to create and about what happens when a diverse group of young people from all over the world form a community in a city as vibrant and diverse as Brussels.
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. Since March 2020 they also became Generation Corona, thus Generation XIII also became a time capsule that captures these extraordinary times.
concept and realisation Delphine Hesters | coaching Nele Eeckhout | mixing Brecht Plasschaert | theme music Carlos Garbin | visuals Davy Denduyver, based on drawings of Jeanne Colin & Killian Madeleine | coproduction PARTS, Concertgebouw Brugge, Dansens Hus Oslo, Kaaitheater, STUK, De Singel, Etcetera | with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie Brussel, Brussels-Capital Region | thanks to the team of PARTS, the students and teachers of Generation XIII, Léonie Baudry, Annelies Vanderoost, Sofie Palmers, Theo Van Rompay, AudioCollectief SCHIK, Randy Vermeulen, Wederik De Backer, Marllon, Kia, Eleni, Renato and Zoé