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Watch Spring Forward Live!

Cannot be with us at Spring Forward in Sofia? Don’t worry we’ll be streaming all the action live online via Facebook Live and Spring Forward website from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March.

Showcasing some of the best and brightest emerging choreographers in Europe, the Spring Forward live stream is jam packed with quality dance performances, behind the scenes interviews and lively dance debates animated by our Spring Forward TV hosts Andreas Constantinou and Stephanie Handjiiska. Send us your thoughts and questions on the shows on Facebook as we'll be reading out as many reactions as possible!

See the full schedule on Spring Forward website, please note that indicated timings are Bulgarian Time (UTC/GMT+2 hours) and subject to minor change, please watch our social media channels for live updates.

Trailer alert!

In a little bit more than one month Sofia will become the stage for Europe's most exciting new choreographers. To keep you waiting here's Spring Forward brand new trailer put together by Christoffer Brekne.

If you are a professional and haven't register yet visit you can do so now by visiting our dedicated website. Cannot make it this year? Don't worry, the festival will be livestreamed on our Facebook page & on Spring Forward website!

Spring Forward
23–25 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Hosted by Derida Dance Center, the event is part of the cultural calendar of Sofia Municipality

Register for Spring Forward now

We are delighted to announce the full programme for Spring Forward taking place from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria) hosted by our Partner Derida Dance Center.

Registration is now open for programmers and presenters. Tickets are limited, so we advise you register your interest fast by clicking here.

Programme is as follows (subject to minor changes):


Friday 23 March
Registration
18:00 - Opening + Andrea Costanzo Martini (35’)
19:15 - Rita Gobi - Gobi Dance Company (40’)
20:30 - Raekallio Corp. (28’)
21:00 - Hilde Ingeborg Sanvold (16’)
21:45 - Fouad Boussouf - Massala Company (40’)
22:30 - Late dinner buffet

Saturday 24 March
Morning registration
11:30 - Premier Stratagème - Barbara Matijević & Giuseppe Chico – (40’)
12:45 - Derida Company (40’)
13:45 - Lunch
Meet the Makers session
15:15 - Núria Guiu Sagarra (40’)
16:30 - Christos Papadopoulos- Leon & the Wolf (40’)
17:30 - Sabine Molenaar - Sandman (20’)
18:15 - Goblin Party (Korea) (20’)
18:40 - Dinner
20:30 - Jesús Rubio Gamo (30’)
21:15 - Simona Deaconescu - Tangaj Dance Collective (40’)
Gathering at Derida Dance Center
 
Sunday 25 March
09:30 - 10:30 - Critical Issues - Ramada Hotel
11:15 - Oona Doherty (25’)
12:00 - Pietro Marullo - Insiemi Irreali Company (40’)
13:00 - Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou (23’)
13:45 - Luna Cenere (30’)
14:15 - Lunch
Meet the Makers session
16:00 - Ingrid Berger Myhre (40’)
17:00 - Jordan Deschamps (25’)
18:00 - Mathis Kleinschnittger (40’)
19:30 - Filipe Lourenço - Plan K (30’)
20:15 - Marco da Silva Ferreira (40’)
21:15 - Bulgarian Folk Style Dinner

Thinking of attending Spring Forward? Why not extend your stay and take advantage of more opportunities to see exciting new dance?

Bulgarian Contemporary Dance will be featured in a showcase organised by Derida Dance Center from 21 to 23 March (programme will be announced on January 10th) and ten companies will will appear from 26 to 28 March during Spotlight: USA in nearby Plovdiv.

Springback Academy: Dance Writers Wanted!

We are looking for fresh dance writers to recruit for Springback Academy 2018! 

Now in its fifth year, the Academy will bring a group of aspiring writer/critics to Sofia in Bulgaria for Spring Forward Festival (23-25 March), where they will watch and review selected performances, participate in lively dance debates and receive mentorship from some of the best professional dance writers in the business. Applications will close on Friday 2 February, get yours in early!

For full information on Springback Academy and how to apply, click here

Picture: 'Staying Alive' Jasna L. Vinovrski - Public in Private

Meet our Twenty18 Artists

Happy 2018! We are excited to introduce you to our Twenty18 artists, click here to see & read all about their work.

Spring Forward 2018 line up announced

In 3 months' time Spring Forward will kick off in Sofia, Bulgaria and we are delighted to announce that the festival will present all our Twenty18 artists.

Get ready to applaud Andrea Costanzo Martini - Associazione Culturale VAN (Italy), Ingrid Berger Myhre (Norway), Leon and Wolf Dance Company - Christos Papadopoulos (Greece), Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic and Giuseppe Chico (France), Sandman - Sabine Molenaar, (Belgium), Company Massala - Fouad Boussouf (France), Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold (Denmark), Plan-K - Filipe Lourenço (France), Núria Guiu Sagarra (Spain), Mathis Kleinschnittger (Germany), Luna Cenere (Italy), Góbi Dance Company (Hungary), Raekallio Corp (Finland), Insiemi Irreali, Pietro Marullo (Belgium), Tangaj Dance Collective - Simona Deaconescu (Romania), Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal), Jordan Deschamps (Austria/France), Jesús Rubio Gamo (Spain), Derida Company - Jivko Jeliazkov (Bulgaria), Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou (Greece).

They will be joined by Oona Doherty with her Twenty17 selected work 'Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus' and by Goblin Party company from Korea with 'A silver knife'.

Spring Forward festival will take place on 23-25 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by our Partner Derida Dance Centre.

Full programme will be announced and registrations will open on January 5th so watch this space!

‘Being selected by Aerowaves has definitely open doors, but it’s more than that’

What does it mean to be an Aerowaves artist? Andreas Constantinou, selected in 2016 and 2017 reflects on what it brought to his personal and professional journey and on the importance of presenting bold queer work to broad audiences in an interview with Lars Kjær Dideriksen (Bora Bora - Dance and Visual Theatre, Aarhus, Denmark).

"We have been selected twice with "WOMANhouse" and "WOMAN". That worked out amazingly. We got a lot of bookings and toured a lot around Europe afterwards. With both performances we have been to 26 different destinations around Europe in the last two years.

The reception has been amazing. Standing ovations and really, really warm receptions from the public. Many of the destinations we have been to have had a very varied demographic. We been to queer art and gender themed festivals, but also a hell of a lot of other places where those themes are not on the table. The discussion at gender festivals is valid and really important. But we've also got standing ovations for "WOMAN" from a mostly 60+ years old audience in a predominately white and heterosexual area. It's important to present our work in both environments, but I must say that my personal preference is presenting work not only to LGBTQIA+ communities but to broader demographic audiences. There's a real meeting point of diverse identities connecting there. It starts a real, true discourse and has more impact. That's what I love and that's why I do this. It's what I always wanted. Being selected by Aerowaves has given me that opportunity.

'It starts a real, true discourse and has more impact. That's what I love and that's why I do this'

The last five years has been a huge journey. It came from a very personal drive. My entire life I've identified myself as queer and as gay. It's been with me, but not something I have adressed as an artist. But then I started to see an influx of artworks in Denmark around topics of masculinity where I didn't feel it represented me at all. And I thought, okay, it's time now to jump into the topic of queer masculinity. But I knew it couldn't be done with one performance. We needed to talk about gender and do a huge project over six years with many different collaborations, performances and types of projects. Through that process I experienced a lot of self-realization about myself as a person and as an artist as well as about the world.

'Being selected by Aerowaves has definitely open doors, but it's more than that'

Being selected by Aerowaves has definitely open doors, but it's more than that. Within the last five years Aerowaves as well as other things have had a significant part to play. A lot of different successes came at the same time. I realized that since I started working creatively at 22 until now at 37 I've always been the underdog. The queer young man, the weird one. I've always been fighting my way in the arts as well. With all these successes and with Aerowaves something has changed! From being the underdog in the shadows I've moved into a more public view. And it's amazing how well-received the works have been. This has done a lot for me, because it gives me strength. And allows me to come into myself with confidence. That my authentic self is okay. And that my expression is okay. That I don't necessarily have to conform to what people want.

Artistically I think there are different strands to this. My artistic essence has not changed. I'm not "selling out", because there is more attention or success. Actually it's been an opportunity to dig in to what I want and present that. But what definitely has changed is that there has been more support. It has allowed my ideas and my artistic vision to grow. I can polish and finetune it.

'From being the underdog in the shadows I've moved into a more public view'

If I don't have money then I have to work with what I can find on the street. But with more opportunity it allows me to realize ideas that actually require money to do. I can now find the aesthetic that I actually desire. I can make it raw and low budget or a fine and high quality production. It's amazing to have that range to work within.

On another level Aerowaves has made it possible for me to establish myself not only as an artist, but also as a creative business. Both me and my company has been growing with all the different networks, partnerships, sales, collaborations. I have a part-time producer in Aarhus, a UK-based producer and an accountant. The whole thing has been growing and I'm planning five years ahead strategically both artistically and on a business level. Thinking, how does this keep growing and how does it remain sustainable? It's many different strands, and I definitely say that Aerowaves has contributed by opening up opportunities for my company by presenting my work in front of a large European performance network.

'Be open, be yourself and get on with it, really'

About giving advice to fellow artist applying for Aerowaves, I don’t particularly feel there are any tips to give others as it doesn’t really work like that. It's not a formula to follow. I would say be open, be yourself and get on with it, really. That's about it."

Interview with Andreas Constantinou, HimHerAndIt Productions by Lars Kjær Dideriksen, November 2017.

Welcome to our new partners in Romania and in Sweden!

Aerowaves is thrilled to welcome two new friends on board, with the National Centre for Dance in Bucharest (CNDB) in Romania joining as a Partner, and Dansens Hus in Sweden as a Presenter.

'There are many reasons to be excited to join the Aerowaves network, but the most important is that through this partnership The National Centre for Dance in Bucharest will be able to be part of the international choreographic context, providing a new generation of artists with a dynamic and flexible interface between professionals and the audience.' says Carmen Coţofană, Project coordinator at CNDB. The National Centre for Dance in Bucharest is a public institution whose purpose is to sustain, develop and promote contemporary dance.

For Dansens Hus 'this partnership with Aerowaves allows us to go further in our mission to encourage Sweden-based, emerging choreographers and dance artists to grow on an international level. The network provides a context which is central for the development of new generations in the professional dance field, and we are so excited to be part of it!'. Dansens Hus in Stockholm is Sweden’s largest stage for guest performances of contemporary dance from Sweden and the rest of the world. Their goal is to offer to the audience a diverse selection of artistic expressions. Dynamic and innovative culture that moves and affects people – from Sweden and the world. Dansens Hus is also currently hosting our Communication Manager Marie who has settled in Sweden for the time being so come and say hi if you are around!

You can read more about all our Partners here

Spring Forward 2018 in Sofia

Spring Forward festival will take place on 23-25 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by our Partner Derida Dance Centre. The festival will take place in the framework of Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. John and Atanas broke the news on Bulgarian National TV today, watch their interview here.

Save the date for now, the festival full programme will be announced in the coming weeks!

Picture: Sofia in Details

And the Aerowaves Twenty18 Artists are…

We have the great pleasure to announce our Twenty18 artists:

  • 'Scarabeo, angles and the void' - Associazione Culturale VAN, Andrea Costanzo Martini, Italy
  • 'Blanks' - Ingrid Berger Myhre, Norway
  • 'Opus' - Leon and Wolf Dance Company, Christos Papadopoulos, Greece
  • 'Forecasting' - Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic & Giuseppe Chico, France
  • 'A moment' - Sandman, Sabine Molenaar, Belgium
  • 'NASS (Les gens)' - Company MASSALA, Fouad Boussouf, France
  • 'Dans, for Satan' - Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Denmark
  • 'Homo Furens' - PLAN-K, Filipe Lourenço, France
  • 'Likes' - Núria Guiu Sagarra, Spain
  • "Grrr, I'm dancing" Universe of a dancing bear - Mathis Kleinschnittger, Germany
  • 'Kokoro' - Luna Cenere, Italy
  • 'Volitant' - Góbi Dance Company, Hungary
  • 'Rehearsal on Love' - Raekallio Corp, Finland
  • 'Wreck - List of extinct species' - INSIEMI IRREALI, Pietro Marullo, Belgium
  • 'Counterbody' - Tangaj Dance Collective, Simona Deaconescu, Romania
  • 'Brother' - Marco da Silva Ferreira, Portugal
  • 'Dédale' - Jordan Deschamps, Austria/France
  • 'Ahora que no somos demasiado viejos todavía' - Jesús Rubio Gamo, Spain
  • 'F 63.9' - Derida Company, Jivko Jeliazkov, Bulgaria
  • 'touching.just' - Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou, Greece

Congrats and welcome to our new Twenty18 artists and thanks to all the companies and artists who submitted their works. Once again we have received a high number of fantastic applications this year which made our selection process challenging.

Please check our social media channels to find out more about these choreographers in the coming weeks!

Picture: 'Forecasting' - Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic & Giuseppe Chico

Robbie Synge on bursting the ‘geographical bubble’

Robbie Synge was one of the selected Twenty16 artists for Aerowaves. Creative Europe Desk UK met with Robbie to discuss how the experience has burst his “geographical bubble” and boosted his career, and gives tips for future applicants.

You were an artist selected for last year’s Twenty16. What was it like?

"I made a solo called Douglas that had been shown a few times in the UK and Ireland prior to my Aerowaves application, but I hadn't really worked further afield in Europe. Following the Spring Forward event in Pilsen in April 2016, I was invited to perform in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Latvia – most of these through the Aerowaves network.

"It can feel like we operate in a series of geographical bubbles, and this was one way of bursting a few of mine. It was an eye-opener to experience the way different venues and festivals are run around Europe, with varying budgets and resources. It’s all about broadening your perspective on others’ work and interests and in reflecting on your own work. Any opportunity to take work to a new place is also a chance to build a lasting relationship with a new venue that might lead to more in time.

"It can feel like we operate in a series of geographical bubbles and this was one way of bursting a few of mine"

"Aerowaves has undoubtedly helped me enormously. It can become exhausting trying to convince venues to show your work. It seems like an efficient platform to participate in because your work is seen by and promoted to many partners – there’s no need to push it.

"The work really begins when you are approached by a venue, generally as a result of the Spring Forward event early in the year."

What impact do you think Twenty16 has had on your career and future opportunities? 

"I’ve experienced clear and tangible benefits to being part of the Aerowaves platform. Much of 2016 was spent organising and going to different European countries to perform.

"I’m currently gearing up to go to Seoul, a result of the promoter there seeing Douglas in an Aerowaves performance. So it really has the potential to extend awareness beyond Europe, and I understand that the network is developing more connections with East Asia for the future.

"I was particularly pleased to be have taken another developing work of mine Julie & Robbie to Lisbon in 2017 - a result of a festival there seeing some promotional materials about the project at the Spring Forward event. So it’s an opportunity to share your broader practice with organisations around Europe and beyond.

"I think it’s hard to deny the importance of relationships in developing opportunities to research and create work and have encounters with new audiences.

"So much is about trust and understanding, and these are things that are difficult to achieve online and at distance. This means meeting a promoter or an organisation and visiting their place.

"I find even the short conversations, in person, important for getting to understand each other’s values and interests."

What tips would you give to artists who are thinking of applying to Aerowaves?

"The application is very straightforward. You need a video of your performance and there are stipulations about the duration. There’s not much more to it. I think it’s worth submitting work that doesn’t happen on a theatre stage as well.

"I would say that the economics of Aerowaves are worth being aware of and, to be fair, it is quite explicit on the website. Different organisations are going to offer you different fees, and the scale can be very broad. Most of us are independent, ‘emerging’, etc. We don’t have support structures in place but may feel we need the opportunity.

"Any opportunity to take work to a new place is also a chance to build a lasting relationship" 

"A gig might involve 30+ emails and a lot of admin time. It’s good exposure and perhaps an investment. That can be uncomfortable. It’s the artist’s call whether or not to accept an invitation and to consider other financial support, of course.

"I think the economics therefore encourage minimal people and materials on the road. My ‘solo’ actually involves three people plus some heavy luggage. There’s not much left if you want to look after your collaborators. Saying that, if you’re able and comfortable with finding financial support elsewhere to make this easier, that would be worth considering."

When should artists apply to opportunities like Aerowaves Twenty? 

"I think it’s a good idea to apply if you have something ready that you are happy with. Speaking to those who are familiar with the network, for example Bush Hartshorn at Dance Base in Scotland, might be worthwhile. It's also worth communicating with The Place, London, who tend to be part of the selection process and may be able to advocate for your work.

"It's a relatively quick and straightforward process of application, so I don’t think there’s anything to lose by doing it. There is something to be said for sharing your work on screen with promoters that wouldn't otherwise know about you or your work. If you have something on video and feel like applying, I'd encourage an application and take it from there.

"I do think that promoters seeing live work live is crucial and that it’s difficult to get anywhere if people aren't seeing it in front of them. It’s competitive. I’m not sure what, if anything, works best on screen among hundreds of applications. It opens questions to me about what kind of work is best suited to the application and therefore Aerowaves."

Robbie is also one of four artists selected from Scotland to take part in the next PUSH lab, which and focuses on the subject of overprotection of children. The Lab takes  8-17 September in Belgium. PUSH is a Creative Europe supported Cooperation Project, led by Imaginate festival in Scotland with partners in Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Denmark.

Aerowaves has had its Creative Europe support renewed in the 2017 European Platform results. 

Article originally published on Creative Europe Desk UK

Image: Douglas (c) Sara Teresa

Twenty18 Open Call is now closed

Thanks for submitting your applications to become Aerowaves Twenty18 artists!

We have received an avalanche of responses with 637 applications in total. The Aerowaves Partners will meet in Oslo at the end of October to deliberate and the applicants will be will notified of the results by November 6th.

In the meantime we will all be watching those videos, making notes, and gathering together to share our widest possible knowledge of new European dance from live performance.

Picture: Jasna L. Vinovrski - Public in Private, Staying Alive

Creative Europe renews its support to Aerowaves!

We are delighted to announce that our application as a Platform under Creative Europe has been successful!

We would like to address a huge thanks to the European Union for renewing its invaluable support to Aerowaves for four more years and to all our partners & artists for their fantastic work.

Here's to many more years of dance in Europe!

Picture: 'Everything is OK' Marco d'Agostin

Meet the Makers

We are proud to launch Meet the Makers, our new series of interviews bringing together the freshest European dance makers with emerging dance writers to explore their creative process. Filmed last April in Aarhus, Meet the Makers series is a chance for our Springback Academy graduates to flex their interview skills in lively one to one conversations with Spring Forward artists.

Watch here and get ready to be inspired! 

Image: Gašper Kunšek with Anna Chirescu, filmed by Enya Belak Gupta and Aadhar Gupta.

Spring Forward 2017 - as it happened

Watch the highlights of our 2017 Spring Forward festival that took place in Aarhus (Denmark) on 28-30 April.

aerowaves.org/springforward

Video: Lars Kjær Dideriksen (Bora Bora)

Aerowaves Twenty18 Call for Applications is open!

Are you a choreographer based in Europe?

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. Each year the Aerowaves network selects 20 of the most promising emerging choreographers, promotes their work, and creates performance opportunities with Aerowaves' Partners.

If you are a choreographer based in geographical Europe, apply to Aerowaves and get a chance to have your work programmed by the partners of the network, whether or not you are selected as Aerowaves artists. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year.

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.

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on 12 September 2017.

Read more and APPLY HERE. Good luck!

Picture: Linda Hayford 'Shapeshifting'

Missed Spring Forward? Watch it all on demand and read Springback reviews

Classical Beauty. Photo: Christoffer Brekne

Missed Spring Forward in Aarhus? Don't worry, we have it all covered and recorded for you! You can now watch (or re-watch!) Spring Forward performances, exclusive interviews and behind the scenes with our Spring Forward TV presenters Sarah Blanc and Andreas Constantinou. You will soon be able to watch the final version of 'Meet the makers', our new series of artists' interviews by Springback alumni writers to get unique insights into the choreograpic and creative process.

You can also delve into the Springback reviews of the shows here and catch a glimpse of the festival with Christoffer Brekne's wonderful shots here.

Huge thanks go to the thousands of fans who joined Spring Forward live stream on Facebook Live throughout the weekend and sent us all their thoughts and questions.

And a bigger round of applause to our wonderful artists, our guests and of course to Bora Bora - Dans og visuelt teater team for making an unforgettable edition of Spring Forward 2017 possible.

See you next year in Sofia for Spring Forward 2018 hosted by Derida Dance Centre.

Picture: "Classical Beauty" by Taneli Törmä (Denmark), opening performance at Musikhuset Aarhus. Photo: Christoffer Brekne.

Watch Spring Forward Live

Cannot be with us at Spring Forward? Don’t worry we’ll be streaming all the action live online via Facebook Live and Spring Forward website from the 28th to 30th April!

Showcasing some of the best and brightest emerging choreographers in Europe, the Spring Forward live stream is jam packed with quality dance performances, behind the scenes interviews and lively dance debates animated by our Spring Forward TV hosts Sarah Blanc and Andreas Constantinou. Send us your thoughts and questions on the shows on Facebook as we'll be reading out as many reactions as possible!

See the full schedule below, please note that indicated timings are Central Europe Time (UTC/GMT+1 hours) and subject to minor change, please watch our social media channels for live updates

Friday 28 April

21:15 - 21:30 - Meet Spring Forward TV hosts Sarah Blanc and Andreas Constantinou and to get a flavour of this year's edition in Aarhus

21:30 - 22.10 - Altrove - Alessandro Schiatarella followed by Bolero - Jesus Rubio Gamo

Saturday 29 April

11:00 - 11:30 - Ohne Nix - Luke Baio & Dominik Grünbühel

13:00 - 13:30 - Kids - Kuan-Hsiang Liu & Ching-Ying Chien

15:30 - 16:10 - Displacement - Mithkal Alzghair

16:45 - 17:00 - Spring Forward TV explores Aarhus 2017

17:00 - 17:40 - Death. Exercises and variations - Renata Piotrowska-Auffret

18:00 - 18:30 -  Alien Express - Žigan Krajnčan & Gašper Kunšek

18:30 - 19:30 - Classical Beauty - LOCATION X / Taneli Törmä

19:30 - 19:40 - Spring Forward TV

21:15 - 21:30 - Spring Forward TV

21:30 - 22:10 - The Rest is silence - Hege Haagenrud

Sunday 30 April

11:00 - 11:35 - Monumental - Martin Hansen

12:00 - 12:30 - Reck - Far from the Norm / Botis Seva

13:00 - 13:40 - Woman - Himherandit Productions (website only)

15:00 - 15:30 - Kudoku - Daniele Ninarello & Dan Kinzelman

15:30 - 16:00 - Hope Hunt - Oona Doherty (on video)

17:30 - 18:10 - Me too - Kristin Ryg Helgebostad

19:00 - 19:20 - Spring Forward TV

19:20 - 19:50 - Origami - Company Furinkaï / Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl

19:50 - 20:30 - Vocazione all’Asimmetria - Francesca Foscarini

20:30 - 20:50 - ShapeShifting - Inside Out - Linda Hayford

20:50 - 21:30 - Sync - Anastasia Valsamaki

21:30 - 22:10 - Your Mother at my door - Timothy and the Things

In defence of international dance in Performance Magazine Online

Between 1979-1992 Performance Magazine documented an extraordinary period in the development of art in the UK.

With its maverick and punk ethos Performance Magazine embodied an immensely active community of artists, writers (including our very own John Ashford!) and publics that crossed disciplines throughout the late 70s, 80s and the start of the 90s.

Rob La Frenais (founding editor 1979 – 1987) has collaborated with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) to develop the newly digitised issues of Performance Magazine Online.

If you fancy some time-travel, delve into John Ashford's early articles in defence of international dance:

- The Power of Effective Marketing: two views of Jan Fabre at the Royal Albert Hall by Colin Watkeys, John Ashford (Article) / Issue 41 May/June 1986

- What's wrong with the National Critics? A history lesson by John Ashford (Article) / Issue 40 Mar/Apr 1986

- Dance Fightback by John Ashford (Article)  / Issue 38/39 Dec-Feb 1986

- La Gaia Scienza: John Ashford strips away the metaphors by John Ashford (Article) / Issue 35 June/July 1985

- Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A Curious Tale at the ICA by John Ashford, Neil Butler (Article) / Issue 31 Sept/Oct 1984

- Nuova Spettacolorita!: Italian Performance by John Ashford (Article) / Issue 19 Oct/Nov 1982

- Letter From Japan: Japanese theatre by John Ashford (Article) / Issue 14 Nov/Dec 1981

Springback Class of 2017 Announced!

We had a mammoth response to our open call for budding dance critics this year. With 90 quality applications coming from as far as New Zealand it was a tricky process to select the final 10 alumni for Springback Academy Class of 2017. But, with much delight, we would like to welcome the following candidates to Springback Academy...

Cath Carver
Ana Vallejos Cotter 
Anna Dohy 
Anna Kaszuba 
Annette Van Zwoll 
Asteropi Tia Chatzinikola 
Daniel Pitt 
Nadja Bozovic 
Sebastian Kann 
Yasen Vasilev 

All 10 will be coming to Aarhus to review the Spring Forward festival performances. They will receive one to one mentorship from professional arts critics and have their reviews published on the Springback website. Take a look at the previous Springback work here

You can keep track of the festival performances via our live stream over the festival weekend from 28-30 April. Get ready to be moved!

Registration is open for Spring Forward 2017

Spring Forward is back from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, hosted by the dance house Bora Bora. The festival will showcase 18 of our Twenty17 artists, one company from the 2016 selection and special guests from Taiwan.

Registration is now open for programmers and professionals. Tickets are limited, so we advise you register your interest fast. BOOK NOW

Full professional programme is available here: www.aerowaves.org/springforward/spring-forward-2017

How to get there?

We advise you to look for flights for either Billund Airport (1 hour and 30 minutes from Aarhus) or Aarhus Airport (50 minutes from Aarhus). It can also be a good option to travel to Copenhagen and go by train to Aarhus (3 hours and 15 minutes). Frequent public airport buses run from Billund Airport and Aarhus Airport every hour.

Picture: Morten Fauerby, Montgomery.dk

Springback Academy 2017: Dance Writers Wanted!

A new year and a new batch of budding dance writers to recruit for Springback Academy 2017!  This will be the fourth year that the Academy will be bringing a group of aspiring writer/critics to Aarhus, Denmark for Spring Forward Festival, where they will watch and review selected performances, participate in lively dance debates and receive mentorship from some of the best professional dance writers in the business.  For full information on Springback Academy and how to apply, please click here

Watch Spring Forward 2017 trailer

Spring Forward Trailer 2017 

Only 3 months to go to Spring Forward in Aarhus! To keep you waiting and excited, we thought we'd share with you the festival brand new trailer featuring a terrific mix of our Twenty17 Artists.

Watch it, share it and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Vide: Christoffer Brekne  

Meet the Twenty17 Artists

Happy 2017! We are excited to introduce you to our freshly selected Twenty17 artists, click here to read all about their work.

Spring Forward 2017 Line Up announced!

Meet the most promising choreographers and get ready to be moved

Spring Forward is back from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April 2017, this year in Aarhus including a live stream with exclusive content, some topical debates and the chance to meet dance friends old and new.

We are happy to announce that the following Twenty17 Artists will travel to Denmark to present their selected work:

  • Anastasia Valsamaki - Sync - Greece
  • Mithkal Alzghair - Displacement - France
  • Company Furinkaï / Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl - Origami - France
  • Timothy and the Things / László Fülöp & Emese Cuhorka - Your Mother At My Door - Hungary
  • Hege Haagenrud - The Rest is Silence - Norway
  • Himherandit Productions - Andreas Constantinou - WOMAN - Denmark
  • Francesca Foscarini - Vocazione all’Asimmetria - Italy
  • Inside Out / Linda Hayford - Shapeshifting - France
  • Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek - Alien Express - Slovenia
  • LOCATION X / Taneli Törmä - Classical Beauty - Denmark
  • Martin Hansen - Monumental - Germany
  • Botis Seva - Reck - UK
  • Alessandro Schiattarella - Altrove - Switzerland
  • Daniele Ninarello - Kudoku - Italy
  • Luke Baio & Dominik Grünbühel - Ohne Nix - Austria
  • Jesús Rubio Gamo - Bolero - Spain
  • Vera Ondrašikova - GUIDE - Czech Republic
  • Renata Piotrowska-Auffret - Death. Exercises and variations - Poland

Additionally we will welcome from the Twenty16 selection Kristin Helgebostad & Laura Marie Rueslåtten (Norway) with ME TOO. We will also intrigue you with some dance from Asia with Kuan-Hsiang Liu and Ching-Ying Chien from Taiwan presenting their duo KIDS as part of our new Exchange with the Taiwan Dance Platform.

Spring Forward festival will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, hosted by our partner Bora Bora and other local venues as part their year-long European Capital of Culture 2017 programme.

A full schedule of the festival will be available online in January so keep an eye on our website and social media channels.

Picture: Morten Fauerby, Montgomery.dk

Aerowaves Twenty17 Artists announced

The wait is over.

Votes have been cast and we now have the immense pleasure to announce the choreographers selected by the Aerowaves Partners' to be our Twenty17 Artists. 

The 2017 line-up brings together works from 15 countries and shows once again how vivid Europe's emerging dance scene is, rich in its diversity of genres, themes and cultures.

Aerowaves Twenty17 Artists are:

Oona / Oona Doherty - Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus -  UK / Northern Ireland

Anastasia Valsamaki - Sync - Greece

Mithkal Alzghair - Displacement - France

Jonas&Lander - Adorabilis - Portugal

Company Furinkaï / Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl - Origami - France

Timothy and the Things / László Fülöp & Emese Cuhorka - Your Mother At My Door - Hungary

Hege Haagenrud - The Rest is Silence - Norway

Himherandit Productions - Andreas Constantinou - WOMAN - Denmark

Francesca Foscarini - Vocazione all’Asimmetria - Italy

Inside Out / Linda Hayford - Shapeshifting - France

Žigan Krajnčan and Gašper Kunšek - Alien Express - Slovenia

LOCATION X / Taneli Törmä - Classical Beauty - Denmark

Martin Hansen - Monumental - Germany

Botis Seva - Reck - UK

Alessandro Schiattarella - Altrove - Switzerland

Daniele Ninarello - Kudoku - Italy

Luke Baio & Dominik Grünbühel - Ohne Nix - Austria

Jesús Rubio Gamo - Bolero - Spain

Vera Ondrašikova - GUIDE - Czech Republic

Renata Piotrowska-Auffret - Death. Exercises and variations - Poland

Thanks to all the companies and artists who submitted their works. We have received a record number of applications this year which made the Aerowaves Partners' selection very hard but highly enjoyable.

We will update our website with the profile information for the selected artists in January 2017 - do check our social media channels to find out more about these choreographers in the coming weeks!

Picture by Laurent Philippe. Company Furinkaï / Satchie Noro & Silvain Ohl - Origami

Spring Forward 2017 in Aarhus

We are delighted that Spring Forward festival will take place on 28-30 April 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, hosted by our partner Bora Bora.  Spring Forward 2017 full programme will be announced in the coming weeks so pencil in the dates in your 2017 diary and watch this space.

Bora Bora - Dance and Visual Theater is a venue and production house for dance that presents, produces and co-produces national and international performances, organises festivals, conducts artistic experiments and initiates residencies and workshops. Through exchanges with partners in different networks across Europe, Bora Bora presents the newest and freshest in visual performing art. Bora Bora is involved in the international networks Aerowaves, Keðja and IETM, among others.


The City of Aarhus is Denmark's second-largest city with 330.000 inhabitants and the European Capital of Culture in 2017. In recent years the city has focused on developing an exciting range its cultural  and architectural offer and has been listed in Lonely Planet's top ten of best European destinations to visit!

The whole region around Aarhus is involved in the European Capital of Culture project, from large scale events to local community projects. Besides the Spring Forward Festival Bora Bora will also present Hofesh Shechter's performance Barbarians" for the venue's 5th anniversary, a dance festival for babies called "Dance Baby Dance" and the village community project "Dance Your Neighbour".

Picture: http://www.visitaarhus.com

563 applications received!

Thanks for submitting your applications to become Aerowaves Twenty17 artists. We have received 563 eligible applications which is our record so far! Aerowaves jury will be meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria at the end of October to deliberate and Applicants will be will notified of the results by Monday 7 November 2016.

Successful artists may be selected to perform their work at Spring Forward Festival. Next Spring Forward festival will take place on 28-30 April 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, hosted by our partner Bora Bora. We guarantee to programme at least 10 of the current Aerowaves Twenty artists in the festival each year.

In the meantime, they are busy watching all your videos, so wish them luck!

Aerowaves Twenty17 Call for Applications is open!

Are you a choreographer based in Europe?

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. Each year the Aerowaves network selects 20 of the most promising emerging choreographers in Europe. Aerowaves promotes their work for a year, creating opportunities to perform with Aerowaves' Partners.

Apply to Aerowaves and get a chance to have your work programmed by the partners of the network, whether or not you are selected as Aerowaves artists. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year.

Applications open at 9am on 1 June 2016 and close at midnight on 12 September 2016.

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.

You may be selected to perform your work at our Spring Forward Festival. Next Spring Forward festival will take place on 28-30 April 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark, hosted by our partner Bora Bora. We guarantee to programme at least 10 of the current Aerowaves Twenty artists in the festival each year.

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 made in geographical Europe
    •    Your work must be 15-40 minutes in length
    •    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

Should artists be programmed by Aerowaves partners, they will be paid an agreed fee plus travel, accommodation, and per diem.

APPLY HERE

Pic: Twenty15 Artist Marco da Silva Ferreira - Hu(r)mano

Spring Forward on demand

Watch as much as you like of Spring Forward 2016

You'll find the whole festival online from dance performances to Spring Forward TV interviews with artists and behind-the-scenes extras with our presenters Sarah Blanc and Veronika Štefanová.... Get ready to be moved from your sofa!

WATCH here

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