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Inês Abreu e Silva
Culture Program of the European Comission

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DÉPART selected as ‘success story’ by the European Commission
27.11.2015

The Départs project was initiated by PARTS in 2001, with theatres and festivals in several European countries.  In 2001-2003, five partners from four countries joined, in 2004 4 four partners from four countries, and in 2006-2009 seven partners from five countries. The last project in this changing constellation took place between 2009 and 2014, in collaboration with Alkantara (Lisbon, PT), Archauz (Arhus, DK), Bimeras (Istanbul, TR), Centre de Développement chorégraphique Toulouse (Toulouse, FR), Forum Dança (Lisbon, PT), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE), MDT (Stockholm, SE), PACT Zollverein – Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen, DE), Spring Performing Arts festival (Utrecht, NL), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest, HU), Zodiak Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI) and Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent, BE) in association with Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk, BE).

Départs focused on the multiple starts of a dance career, offering a wide range of tools, from specialised education and student grants for talented youngsters to presentation opportunities and coproduction contracts for new choreographic works. Because its focus is on the plural starts of dance and choreography careers, Départs has chosen to work in a diversified way, looking to offer the right contexts for beginning artists, offering suitable conditions for their training, artistic development and public presentations, and always taking care of not pushing them too far too fast

In the period 2009-2014, Départs organised auditions for PARTS and Forum Dança in many European cities,www.exactreplica.net and provided 700.000€ in scholarships for European and non-European students to study contemporary dance in Brussels, Toulouse and Lisbon.

Départs organised workshops with professional artists in 10 cities, reaching over 4000 young dancers.

Départs provided residency facilities for 330 choreographers to help realising their projects, and provided artistic coaching for 120 young artists.

The network invested in 74 co-productions of 45 different choreographers. It organised 492 presentations of 146 choreographies by 66 different choreographers and international presentations  for students of the participating schools , reaching out to more than 45.000 spectators in 10 European countries and Turkey.

Now, the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has selected the project as a ‘Success story’, as a finalised project that has ‘distinguished itself by its impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results and/or creative approach’, which can be a source of inspiration for others. PARTS and the partners in Départs, most of whom are still collaborating in its successor project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, are proud of this nomination, and grateful for the support of the European Commission to the professional development of young dance artists.

 

The archive of activities of DEPARTS can be accessed at www.departs.eu.

The activities of the current project [DNA] are documented at www.departuresandarrivals.eu


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Départs: Practices for an Integrated Development of European Contemporary Dance (2009-2014) selected as ‘success story’ by the European Commission. The Départs project was initiated by PARTS in 2001,replica watches with theatres and festivals in several European countries.  In 2001-2003, five partners from four countries joined, in 2004 4 four partners from four countries, and in 2006-2009 seven partners from five countries. The last project in this changing constellation took place between 2009 and 2014, in collaboration with Alkantara (Lisbon, PT), Archauz (Arhus, DK), Bimeras (Istanbul, TR), Centre de Développement chorégraphique Toulouse (Toulouse, FR), Forum Dança (Lisbon, PT), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE), MDT (Stockholm, SE), PACT Zollverein – Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen, DE), Spring Performing Arts festival (Utrecht, NL), Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest, HU), Zodiak Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI) and Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Ghent, BE) in association with Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk, BE).



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