DeVIR/CAPa Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve Faro [Portugal]
CAPa, Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve was created by DeVIR, cultural activities association in 2001 and is located in the centre of Faro. This Centre develops a group of program the Performing Arts, encompassing national and international professionals and structures.
CAPa develops an independent creators’ support artist residency programme, national and international, granting work spaces (black-box, studio 12x12, studio 9x9) and technical and logistic support (15 beds, kitchen, laundry, office, meeting room) for the development of their creations, emergent proposals that invest preferably in experimenting and mixing languages. This programme is open to anyone interested, through annual applications.
Because CAPa is integrated in national and international interchange and cooperation networks between kindred structures, it has been able to co-produce works and maintain a diverse and regular programming. This way, CAPa has affirmed itself as an alternative to other venues in the region, helping promotion and gathering new public for the Performing Arts in the south of the country.
In partnership with a group of municipalities and schools in the region, CAPa develops the SUB 12 & SUB 18 project, directed at the infant-juvenile public, encompassing training courses and shows of different areas of the Performing Arts, involving students and teachers in different school levels, bringing them closer to artistic languages that complement their curricular training.
In the ambit of public sensitizing, this Centre establishes partnerships and cooperation protocols with higher education institutions in the region, promotes workshops, open rehearsals and informal talks between creators and the public.
CAPa features a documentation centre, with a video collection specialised in dance comprised of about 1500 video records collected through the material gathering policy that has served as a basis for the programming conception of the “a sul” International Contemporary Dance Festival since 1994 (Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, India, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Argentina, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Japan).
“a sul” (10 editions – 94/06) is a DeVIR production, co-produced with several cultural structures and municipalities of the Algarve. It is presented in several venues of this region and its extension to Lisbon is currently being contemplated. This international event aims to promote Portuguese artistic production as well as from other southern countries which have a contemporary dance production relatively or even completely unknown in our country, counties experiencing a significant socio-political tension or which have maintained ancestral relations of some significance with Portugal.