A joint initiative of Rosas and Opera De Munt/La Monnaie, under the directorship of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) were launched in September 1995. PARTS offers a training program in contemporary dance, which aims to allow dancers and choreographers to develop into independent and creative artists. At PARTS, the focus is always the actual performance, the moment when the artist engages in a dialog with the audience – the dancer as a performer, but also as a thinking performer. But PARTS is, first and foremost, an artistic project. The curriculum is based on Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s and other choreographers’ extensive artistic practice. At the same time, PARTS is a laboratory for the future. Art is not something you can learn – but we certainly hope that the material offered confronts and provokes, that it stimulates students to form their own opinions, that it proves to be a productive basis for their future artistic practice. In a word, PARTS sets out to be a place where critical and creative artistry can take root.