practices for an integrated development of European contemporary dance
Contract number: 2009-0850/001-001 CU7-MULT7
May 1. 2009 – November 30. 2014.
DÉPARTS aims to contribute to the development of contemporary dance in
Europe, by building bridges between nonofficial training
programmes and the professional art world.
It offers training, creation and presentation opportunities to talented
young European dancers and choreographers, from all regional and social
Contemporary dance is an exemplary practice of social and
cultural integration and innovation.
Its practice is characterized by permanent collaboration and
confrontation of established models and innovative practices. DÉPARTS
has been developing new approaches to training and creation since 2001,
inspired by the innovative artistic and pedagogical project of PARTS.
In 2009-2014, Départs invests even stronger in the interrelation
between training and professional production: the network sets up
mentoring programs; theatres and production houses engage more than
before in programs brining students and artists together; 5 new
partners bring in new competences and help to extend the target groups
The name DÉPARTS stands for ‘start’ in the plural. Two starting points
are essential to the career of every young artist from any social,
cultural and regional background: having access to advanced training
facilities and getting support to step into the professional art world.
To reach these objectives, DÉPARTS has established a triple action plan.
DÉPARTS # 1 : DÉPARTS develops advanced training, residency and
coaching projects in different European cities, outside the regular
education systems. Young dancers and choreographers from different
European regions work in close connection with professional artists.
DÉPARTS # 2: DÉPARTS has a democratic goal: it aims to give all
talented young people equal access to advanced training. It organises
auditions across Europe, finding talented artists where they live and
work. It establishes a fund for student grants to ensure that
candidates from all regional and social backgrounds can participate.
DÉPARTS # 3 : DÉPARTS supports young choreographers in their first
professional steps, presenting, producing and co-producing new works in
venues across Europe, of current and former participants in the
training projects of PARTS and DÉPARTS.