Opportunities for Artists All you need to know about applying to the Aerowaves Twenty

Opportunities for Artists

Why apply to Aerowaves?

  • Reach a network

    Everyone who applies to Aerowaves has the chance to have their work programmed by the partners of the network, whether or not they are selected as Aerowaves artists. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year.

  • Exposure for your work

    Should you be selected as one of the Aerowaves Twenty, your work will be promoted by Aerowaves via its website for one year by an artist profile, with images, video and press coverage all in one place.

  • Promotional Opportunities

    As one of the Aerowaves Twenty, you will be able to announce your forthcoming performances in the Aerowaves calendar and we will share this through our networks and social media.

  • Spring Forward

    You may be selected to perform your work at our Spring Forward Festival which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 23-25 March 2018. We guarantee to programme at least 15 of the current Aerowaves Twenty artists in the festival each year. 

  • If at first...

    If you are not selected in one year, it is worth applying again (with a different work) in subsequent years. This can help to build recognition and understanding for your work, especially if you are a very new choreographer. 

How to apply


Each application must include a link to a video hosted on Vimeo AND the original video file must be sent to us using We Transfer - we are not using DVDs anymore!

Application Tips

  • Read the eligibility criteria thoroughly before putting your application together
  • Get your application in as early as possible
  • Give yourself plenty of time to upload your video to Vimeo – technical hitches cause stress, especially at the last minute!
  • Make sure the video of the work you are submitting is of the highest possible quality and correct length
  • Let your national Aerowaves representatives know that you are applying and invite them to see your performance live

Providing your video on Vimeo

  • Please upload your video to Vimeo in HD and include the link in your application form
  • Use the privacy settings if you do not wish it to be public, but include the password in your application form
  • If your video is too big for Vimeo's free membership, you should take a Vimeo Plus subscription for one month at €10.50
  • We use your Vimeo links to share with Aerowaves Partners before our Annual Meeting in October - so that they can do their homework!

Sending your video by We Transfer

  • We no longer accept DVDs sent in the post
  • Name your video file with the title of your work
  • Please follow the instructions on wetransfer.com to upload and send your video file to info@aerowaves.org
  • Ensure that you send us the highest quality video file that you have of your work
  • We will download your video file onto a hard drive to use during our Annual Meeting in October

Tips for making your video

Since our selection process is assisted by watching a video recording, it's really important that you think about how your work will come across.

  • The video should be a fairly simple record of a public performance of the work from beginning to end
  • If you are applying with an edited version of a longer work, the video you provide must be of the shortened version
  • It should include close-ups and wide shots – think about how best to represent the work in terms of details / angles / capturing the scale
  • Promotional videos are not acceptable, nor are videos of any work other than the one with which you are applying to Aerowaves

Application Form


Company Details

Required fields are denoted with an asterisk *

Contact/Address details

Details of the piece with which you are applying

Every application must be accompanied by a link to a recording of the work on Vimeo. Please insert the password if your video is private. We also require you to send your original video file by WeTransfer to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Company Members

List all company members who tour with this piece


If you are invited to perform in Spring Forward, please select all dates you would be available:


Aerowaves Support

If Aerowaves could help you adapt this piece, do you think it would be suitable for:


Final Notes

Anything else we should know about this piece? E.g. upcoming performance dates / important technical information


All these boxes must be checked before you submit your application


Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be resident in Europe to apply
  • You may apply with only one work per year
  • The work you are submitting must have been produced in geographical Europe
  • Your work must be 15-40 minutes in length
  • Your work must be finished and have been presented to the public - work in progress, studio sharings or rehearsal footage are not eligible
  • Your work should be easily included in a double or triple bill and have simple technical requirements
  • Work by postgraduate students is eligible, but not work by undergraduates
  • You must fill in the Aerowaves application form correctly, upload your video to Vimeo, providing us with the link and the password if necessary and send us the original video file by We Transfer
  • Previous Aerowaves applicants, successful or unsuccessful, may apply again - but you cannot apply with the same work twice
  • You must be prepared to perform for expenses and a small fee, based on a guideline amount of €200 per person travelling, per performance when undertaking performances with Partners supported by Aerowaves
  • For Spring Forward, expenses are paid and fees are based on €100 per person travelling, per performance, in recognition of the additional promotional value of the festival

Selection criteria

These criteria have guided the decision making of the Partners for the last 21 years:

  • The work is propelled by a good idea
  • Choreographed with an originality motivated by this idea
  • Which has the confidence to omit the superfluous
  • With a clear and sturdy structure
  • Danced with clarity, verve, commitment and assurance
  • That will look good presented under limited technical conditions
  • From a company that has not toured much abroad
  • But whose experience might be enriched through Aerowaves
  • And that will have a future

After you apply

  • After you submit your online application, you will receive a confirmation email (this is not automated so it might take a few days)
  • All eligible applications will be reviewed at the annual Aerowaves Partner meeting at the end of October
  • A selection of Aerowaves Twenty artists will be finalised by a vote in the week following the Aerowaves Partner meeting
  • Selected candidates will be notified by email and the Aerowaves Twenty will be published online
  • If you are selected as one of the Aerowaves Twenty you may be programmed in Spring Forward (23-25 March in Sofia, Bulgaria), and offered performance invitations by our Partners, but neither can be guaranteed
  • Even if you are not selected, you may still be programmed in Spring Forward and have the chance of being offered performances by our Partners
  • Unfortunately, due to the volume of applicants, we cannot offer individual feedback on the works submitted