DÉPARTS is a network project started in 2001 within Programme Culture 2000 of the European Comission. It is now in its fourth cycle of activity, running from 2009 to 2014.
Current partners include PARTS (Brussels, Belgium), Alkantara (Lisbon, Portugal), Bimeras (Istanbul, Turkey), CDC Toulouse (Toulouse, France), Forum Dança (Lisbon, Portugal), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany), Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent, Belgium), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk, Belgium), PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany), Springdance (Utrecht, The Netherlands), Trafó (Budapest, Hungary) and Zodiak(Helsinki, Finland). Archauz (Denmark) has also been a member between 2009 and 2011. This choreographic center has just ceased its activities on the 30th june 2011 (see more at http://www.archauz.dk/en/)
The name DÉPARTS evoques places of departure, beginnings, starting points. Here, in its plural form, it indicates two starting points fundamental to the career of every artist: first, access to high-quality artistic education, and second, support for those first steps in the professional art world.
DÉPARTS has been a very active network, occupying different fields of action and producing a wide range and a large amount of results in education and artistic creation. Versatility and mobility have been promoted in function of a common goal. Partners with specific experience and expertise in the organisation of training, creation and presentation facilities, have given themselves the task to imagine together a reasoning of ressources that can foster contemporary dance and challenge a constanly moving reality in artistic labour. The network itself has developed additional expertise in organising activities and promoting the international exchange between students and artists, artists and institutions and their audiences.
DÉPARTS is supported by individual partners and the Culture Program of the European Union.