Regular and active participation in various platforms and transnational networks allows Alkantara to develop the relationships necessary for the promotion of Portuguese artists in international circuits.


Next Step brings together seven international festivals with the objective of co-producing and presenting new work from European artists in several European cities.

Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE)
alkantara festival (Lisbon, PT)
Baltoscandal (Rakvere, EE)
Gõteborg Dans & Teater Festival (Gotemburg, SE)
Noorderzon (Groningen, NL)
Steirischer Herbst Festival (Graz, AT)
Théâtre National de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, FR)
Dublin Theater Festival (Dublin, IE)

associated partners

Dense Bamako Danse (Bamako, ML)
Festival On Marche (Marrakesh, MA)
Kyoto Experiment (Kyoto, JP)
Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BR)



From October 2014 onwards, PARTS engages in a new long-term collaboration project with 12 partners, supported by the European Commission under its Creative Europe programme.

[DNA] DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS is the runner-up to the 4 DEPARTS projects which took place between 2001 and 2014, developing on its strong points and introducing new partners and methodologies.

[DNA] DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS aims to contribute to the development of contemporary dance in Europe, building bridges between artistic education and the professional world. [DNA] starts from the artistic and pedagogical project of PARTS in Brussels, which is not part of the regular education system and has always been international and democratic. [DNA] offers training, research, creation and presentation opportunities to a large group of young European dancers and choreographers, from all regional and social backgrounds.

Alkantara (Lisbon, PT)
Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Toulouse, FR)
Hellenic Festival (Athens, GR)
Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE)
Kunstencentrum Vooruit (Gent, BE)
MDT (Stockholm, SE)
New Theatre Institute of Latvia (Riga, LV)
PACT Zollverein Choreographisches Zentrum NRW (Essen, DE)
Spring Utrecht (Utrecht, NL)
Station Service for Contemporary Dance (Belgrade, RS)
Trafo House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest, HU)
Zodiak Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI)



The network Theatre FESTIVALS IN TRANSITION (FIT) initially involving seven festivals in seven countries was founded in 2005.

LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre, London, Great Britain

Spielmotor München e.V. / SPIELART Festival, Munich, Germany
Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival / Q-teatteri, Helsinki, Finland
Biedriba Latvijas Jauna Teatra (Festival HOMO NOVUS), Riga, Latvia
Mtu Teine Tants (August Dance Festival), Tallinn, Estonia
Bunker, Ljubljana (Festival Drugajanje, Maribor), Slovenia
Stichting Moderne Dans en Beweging (SPRING Performing Arts Festival), Utrecht, Netherlands
Stowarzyszenie Rotunda (Reminiscences Festival), Krakow, Poland
Lókal, leiklistarhátíð ehf (LOKAL Festival), Reykjavik, Iceland
Central Fies (Drodesera Festival), Dro, Italy

Associated Partners:
Alkantara Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
DCAF, Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Cairo, Egypt
Reykjavik Dance Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland


How do we create? How does art relate to life? Fourteen young artists join forces to tackle these questions. Under the name 1Space they collaborate intensively for a number of months to offer a deeper mutual insight in their artistic practices and the possibilities and limitations of their specific working environments. Besides colleagues coming from Palestine, Croatia, Slovenia, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Congo, Siria, Senegal, the Portuguese artists Urândia Aragão, Sofia Dinger and Ana Teresa Ascensão are also part of this gang of fourteen.

A first lab, last October in a tempestuous Palestine, focused on blockades and barriers. In December the group will put up its tents in Kinshasa, to work on concepts of space, and in January a lab in Lisbon will explore time – related questions. In a second phase, starting in Durban in March next year, the group will start to produce work, that will be presented in theatres in Europe and beyond.

1Space is organized by

Alkantara (Lisbon, PT)
Exodos (Ljubljana, SI)
KVS (Brussels, BE)

in close collaboration with non-European partners

A M Qattan Foundation (Ramallah)
Studios Kabako de Faustin Linyekula (Kisangani)
Boyzie Cekwana’s Floating Outfit Project (Durban)