Project Description

    Svarta Rosor
    Yentl de Werdt dances all her live and Mieke Segers loves Sibelius, Berlioz and Rachmaninov. Together they go in search of an harmonious presentation where movement and tone become a story. Svarta Rosor, which means Black Roses in Swedish, is a story about the contrasts within human beings: Playfulness and seriousness, nostalgia and resignation, nature and lightness, love and emptiness… A performance full of contemporary dance and classical singing. Pure and no noise from outside. For everyone to dream away.
    Choreography: Yentl de Werdt, Mieke Segers & Ben. De Keyser.
    Performers: Mieke Segers (voice) and Yentl de Werdt (dance)
    This performance is supported by Sacred Places vzw. Belgium

    Mieke Segers
    Mieke Segers was born in 1983 in Maaseik in Belgium. As a child she followed piano, choir, drama-lessons and ballet at the local music academy. In september 2002 she started her first singing lessons at the Lemmensinstitute in Leuven where she was taught by Gerda Lombaerts and Dina Grossberger. After three years she went to the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in the Netherlands where she graduated in May 2009 with Sasja Hunnego for Classical Singing and Singing-Pedagogy. From October 2009 Mieke studied at the Vlaamse Operastudio in Ghent. Here she performed the role of Ruggiero in Händel’s opera Alcina.
    She participated in several masterclasses. For example with: Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Mirella Freni and Grace Bumbry. In this last one she got the price for best female voice. In 2010 she got a scholarship from the Province of Limburg (where she was born)to be able to continue following singing lessons and masterclasses. As a soloist she sang Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart with Erki Korhonen, Messa Di Gloria by Donizetti, Les Nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz, the alt-solo of Rachmaninovs’ Vespers, the “Fourth Voice” in Steve Reichs’ “Music for 18 Musicians, she also played several productions for the Children’s Opera for “Zomeropera Alden Biesen”.
    Since September 2012 she is creating together with Yentl De Werdt and Ben Dekeyser dancing/singing-performances. She is also a member of the musictheartre-ensemble Leporello.

    Yentl de Werdt, alumni
    Yentl de Werdt studied at the Royal Balletschool of Antwerp en finished her studies at P.A.R.T.S. under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In 2007 she danced internationaly with the ‘Anurekha Ghosh & Comapny in the UK en performed different productions with Cie 13 ( Rosa Mei ) in Europa & China. In 2009 she started together with the choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle the ‘Comfus__âo Exchange Platform’ in Maputo and South Africa. They created work and performed at the ‘Umbrella Dance Festival’ en ‘Kinani Festival’. In 2011-2012 she danced in ‘Blauwe Storm’ from Randi De Vlieghe/fABULEUS en toured in Belgium, Holland, Austria and Suisse. As a guestteacher she works for Dancing Kids, Mooss vzw and Wisper. in 2012 she worked for Akram Khan in London and participated at his choreography at the Openingsceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Recently she started her own dance company ‘ Into ici’  together with Judith Clijsters, their first production ‘dagbreek’ premièred in November in the Cultural Centre of Hasselt (BE).

    Hogeschool Gent Conservatorium, Belgium


    Royal Balletschool Antwerp, Belgium
    Located in the heart of the city, the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp offers professional ballet training for young dancers integrated with a general education.
    Founded in 1951 by Jeanne Brabants, the school has grown into the internationally renowned institution it is today.
    Our aim is to develop young people into professional dancers with a strong grounding in classical dance, but who are also able to handle all the intricacies of the modern and contemporary repertoire.
    The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp has a rich tradition of excellence. One only needs to look at the school’s award list to appreciate the wealth of talent it has produced. It’s a tradition that we feel confident to continue well into the future.
    The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp is a partner school of the Prix de Lausanne competition.


    Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S) – Brussels, Belgium
    The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) were launched in September 1995. The school is a joint initiative of the dance company Rosas and the Belgian National Opera De Munt / La Monnaie. Its director is the choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who designed the artistic and pedagogical curriculum.

    PARTS is a training in contemporary dance. It provides a thorough technical training to dancers/choreographers and helps them develop into independent and creative artists. But dance is not an isolated art form; it is involved in a constant dialogue with the other performing arts – music and theatre. Both these disciplines figure prominently in the curriculum, as PARTS always works towards the actual performance, the moment when the artist engages in a dialogue with the audience – the dancer as a performer, but also as a thinking performer. The school looks for students who are strong individuals, yet possess a sense of group dynamics.
    PARTS is however 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.
    PARTS is a full-time training scheme, requiring full commitment from its students. The continuous efforts expected of a dancer’s body call for a corresponding level of health awareness. The school makes a contribution by offering daily macrobiotic meals to the students. Moreover several courses in the curriculum are devoted to the improvement of physical health.