Find out what's happening across the Aerowaves dance network
Springback participant shares her experience of Le Quotidien des Plateaux video journal project
October 13 2015
Marie Pons was a participant of Springback Academy at the last Spring Forward festival at Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona. She joined a group of dance and video making enthusiasts to be mentored in video journalism during Le Quotidien des Plateaux at Les Plateaux dance festival in France in September.
Video journal “Le Quotidien des plateaux” - An outside eye on Les Plateaux dance festival
October 08 2015
Our new Communications Assistant Alice Robotham has dived straight into getting to know the platforms and festivals our Aerowaves Artists are visiting. From her apartment in London, she was recently transported to La Briqueterie, in France, via the video journal project Le Quotidien des Plateaux, to experience their annual dance festival Les Plateaux from afar. Here's what she discovered...
"What’s in a word? Les Plateaux festival asks as it presents an alternative insight to its weekend long festival through a series of “video journals”. Unlike a typical diary however, chronological accounts are cast aside in return for moving movement moments grouped together in themes of 'Eyes', 'Ears', 'Hands', 'Feet', 'Bodies' and 'Hearts', with behind-the-scenes snippets for good measure.
As an outsider to the festival, happening across this trove of films was much like sneaking a peak into someone’s diary. Luckily in this instance, the consequences weren’t as risky. Information was kept strictly visual - so, what secrets could I unlock from this festival? Nobody will be calling me Sherlock for this, but it was all about the dance. From peepshots into performances, to odes on microscopic movements, in each film I noticed a dance in each subject: the flicker of an eyelid, the sweep of a cellists bow, the roam of the camera. Minimalism was the key to this new found sensitivity, with the filmmakers mostly keeping content close up and crowd free.
It was a clever move to favour abstract snapshots over objective documentary reporting. Sitting alone in my room in London watching the series was detachment enough from the reality of the festival experience. Instead I felt I gained a unique impression of the artistic direction the programme favoured; that of stillness and reflection with serious, soulful intention.
Is this the way forward for festival reporting? Perhaps, although at times I craved context beyond the parameters of the camera. In a world where dance suffers from underexposure, this is a solid demonstration of the capabilities the camera has for documenting dance in a multitude of ways. Where words fail, new dialogues can be opened up with the camera."
Here's a lovely sample, featuring Aerowaves Artist Meytal Blanaru rehearsing for her performance of Aurora.
Le Quotidien des Plateaux was supported by an Aerowaves Audience Development grant.
Hidden Dance Walk steps it out in Ljubljana
October 02 2015
Aerowaves partner Spanski Borci Cultural Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia, held a Hidden Dance Walk as part of the events to mark the beginning of its autumn 2015 season. The Hidden Dance Walk involved dozens of participants from a variety of dance and community groups and dance schools from across Ljubljana performing in unusual locations in the vicinity of the theatre and around the city.
From majorettes with a full brass band to ballet with an outdoor orchestra and from B-boying on the steps of a high-rise apartment block to swing dance on a basketball court, the local dancers shared their short performances with a travelling audience -- led by the devisor of the project, Honne Dohrmann. The roving audience grew in size as it travelled from the banks of the river to city streets - with spectators joining in to learn some swing moves from the pros before gathering at Spanski Borci to watch some contemporary dance too!
Check out these photos from the event - all images (C) Andrej Lamut.
Audience at Spanski Borci Cultural Centre
Honne Dohrmann leading the Hidden Dance Walk around Ljubljana
Majorettes and a brass band at a shopping centre on the Hidden Dance Walk
Contemporary dance in studio at Spanski Borci
Learning to swing dance - audience members on the Hidden Dance Walk
This initiative was funded through an Aerowaves Audience Development grant.
Getting behind the scenes of French dance platform Les Plateaux
September 26 2015
Each year Aerowaves Partner La Briqueterie: Centre Développement Chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne hosts Les Plateaux -- a weekend-long dance festival that presents emerging French and international choreographers.
Aerowaves Artists Igor and Moreno and Meytal Blanaru were selected to perform their work as part of Les Plateaux 2015.
This year for the first time, thanks to an Audience Development grant from Aerowaves, La Briqueterie is experimenting with creating an online video journal - Le Quotidien des Plateaux (based on a paper format developed over the last few years). They have brought together a group of curious, enthusiastic and energetic students and adults - all of whom are contributing to the ideas, content, filming and post-production of short videos that get under the skin of the festival.
Here are Igor and Moreno tuning up their voices before Idiot Syncrasy:
Under the guidance of experienced film and documentary makers Bertrand Guerry and Thibaut Ras, the group has already created a series of short videos -- drawing attention not only to the artists and performers, but also to the technicians and magic-makers behind the scenes. The videos are evocative, atmospheric and full of fun... Dive in and use your eyes, ears, heart and feet to feel like you're at Les Plateaux yourself!
A huge THANK YOU to the more than 600 emerging choreographers who have applied to become Aerowaves Artists in 2016. What an incredible response!
Right now, we are processing all of the applications -- ensuring that all those eligible for consideration by the network will be reviewed in good time before the Annual Partner Meeting at the end of October. During that meeting, the Partners in the network will spend an intensive weekend watching extracts of videos and discussing the work of these hundreds of artists.
We will announce the selection of Aerowaves Artists for 2016 in early November.
Good luck to all who have applied!
Choregraphers! There’s still time to apply to Aerowaves…
September 08 2015
Are you a young or emerging choreographer who is living and making dance works in geographic Europe? Is your dance work between 15-40 minutes long? Have you been thinking about applying to Aerowaves but just not done it yet?
There's still time...
Aerowaves will accept applications until midnight on Monday 14th September.
And if you still need some persuading, here's Elisabetta Bisaro from La Briqueterie in Vitry-sur-Seine, to convince you... in French, English and Italian! La Briqueterie is our French Partner and they will host the selection meeting in October where the Partners in the Aerowaves network will select the next Aerowaves Artists.
Open call for choreographers - Apply to Aerowaves NOW!
June 01 2015
Aerowaves is now accepting applications from early-career choreographers who wish to become one of the Aerowaves Twenty artists for 2016.
Dance artists selected to the Aerowaves Twenty will have their work promoted for one year via the Aerowaves network and everyone who applies has a chance to have their work programmed by the partners of the Aerowaves network. Additionally, choreographers who apply have the chance to be programmed in Spring Forward festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic in April 2016. Spring Forward is a key international dance festival that attracts more than one hundred dance and performing arts programmers each year.
Want to know what happens behind-the-scenes at the Annual Aerowaves Partner meeting?
May 28 2015
Each year in October the Aerowaves partners gather in a different city to select the Aerowaves Twenty artists for the following year. It's an intensive weekend involving countless hours spent watching contemporary dance from all over Europe on video, having lively discussions - and sometimes heated debates - about emerging dance artists and their works, and then voting twice to select which choreographers will be promoted by the network.
Betsy Gregory (former Director of Dance Umbrella, London) became a Board Member of Aerowaves last year and joined the Annual Meeting in Ljubljana as an observer. Although she's known about Aerowaves since the very beginning, this was her first foray into the network...
Read about her experience of the Annual Meeting, where the Aerowaves Twenty15 artists were selected, to get a unique insight into how the network operates and - most importantly - to understand better how Aerowaves partners apply their knowlegde and understanding to the selection of these promising early-career choreographers.
As part of their Aerowaves-focused audience development activities, this week Dublin Dance Festival is encouraging previous participants of the Fast Track to Dance programme to bring a friend who's new to dance to the Aerowaves Mixed Bills this week, featuring Claudia Catarzi's Qui, Ora; Thomas Hauert's (sweet)(bitter) and Meytal Blanaru's Aurora in a triple bill and Karel Van Laere & Vanja Rukavina's BOKKO and Tabea Martin's FIELD in a double bill.
Fast Track to Dance is run each year by Dublin Dance Festival and Live Collision as an immersive weekend of dance for newcomers - with performances, meet-the-artist sessions and facilitated conversations that build confidence in their responses to the work they've seen. This year You Plus One, supported by an Aerowaves Audience Development grant, encourages Fast Track alumni to introduce a friend to dance and will offer an exclusive, in-depth conversation with the Aerowaves artists as part of the package.
Audience Development project - Dance Film Contest - Lithuanian Dance Info Centre
May 11 2015
The results from Lithuanian Dance Info Centre's Dance Film contest are in! Following a call out to choreographers, theatre makers and filmmakers working in Lithuania to create a short dance film inspired by this year's AerowavesTwenty artists, 12 films were voted on by members of the public. 1291 votes were cast and the films were watched a total of 9000 times before the deadline on 29th April - International Dance Day.
The winning film was Art Gallery Dance: conceived and edited by Marius Paplauskas; danced by Marius Pinigis, Mantas Stabačinskas and Laurynas Žakevičius; and camera by Nerijus Brokas. The film was inspired by M.E.N by Edhem Jesenkovic.
Additionally, a Jury Prize was awarded to Water Month: choreography by Simona ŠukytėDance and danced by Urtė Skrodenytė. This films was inspired by All dressed up with nowhere to go by Giorgia Nardin.
On Tuesday 12 May, five of the films submitted to the competition will be screened at the Alytus City Theatre, introducing a new audience to Dance on Film and to the work of Aerowaves. Also on 12 May, New Baltic Dance will present AerowavesTwenty15 artists Igor and Moreno presented Idiot-Syncrasy along with ID Dance Project's In Four Hands and Buchok ART Family's YesNoMaybe.
The Live Stream of Spring Forward is additionally funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery's Grants for the Arts.
After Spring Forward…
April 24 2015
What a weekend! At Spring Forward in Barcelona we welcomed 108 artists, 200 guests and many members of the public to Mercat de les Flors.
The sun shone down on us as we walked from venue to venue and gave us all a healthy glow for appearances on the Live Stream, watched by 3,859 people across the world! During the weekend, our 10 Springback Academy writers feverishly put pen to paper and thumbs to Twittter... you can read their reviews here.
Here are a few pics to set the scene for you...
Buzzing hall of Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona
(L to R) Benjamin Perchet, Vicky Marangopoulou, Frosini Trousa, Anastasio Koukoutas enjoying a break.
(L to R) Sheila Creevey, Elisabetta Bisaro, Natalia Alvarez Simon seeking shade from the sunshine.
(L to R) Sarah Maguire, Pia Kramer, Pierre Laurent-Boudet, Igor Urzelai
Join us at Spring Forward in Barcelona - from your sofa!
April 01 2015
Want to see some of the freshest, most talented young choreographers in Europe from the comfort of your sofa? Here's the low-down on how to feel like you're right there with us at Spring Forward - wherever you are in the world.
Tune in to ArtStreamingTV's LIVE STREAM of performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes nuggets from Spring Forward festival at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona from Friday 17 - Sunday 19 April.
Whether you're in Aberdeen or Zagreb, YOU can get involved in Spring Forward - watch the shows online and then join the conversation about what you've seen on Twitter. You'll be joined by our 10 Springback Academy writers sharing instant reviews and live commentary from the festival.
Now that's worth staying in for!
Here's how to join us in Barcelona (from your couch):
The Live Stream will be broadcast from:
20:15 on Friday 17 April
17:00 on Saturday 18 April
18:00 on Sunday 19 April (all times CET)
Meet the 2015 Springback Academy crew!
April 01 2015
Our shiny new Springback section of the website is now live. While you're waiting with baited breath for the reiews to start flooding in from Spring Forward in Barcelona, why not read back over the reviews and features written by last year's Springback participants? You can also meet the recruits and mentors for this year too...
Not able to come to Spring Forward in Barcelona? Don't worry! With our Live Stream of the festival from 17-19 April - thanks to our media partner ArtStreamingTV - you'll be able to watch performances, interviews with artists and special guests, and get insights 'behind-the-scenes' from the comfort of your own couch.
We had an overwhelming response to our call for emerging dance writers to join Springback Academy, our intensive critical writing mentorship project. There were 93 applicants from all over Europe! We'd like to thank everybody who applied for their interest and for sharing their writing - the high standard of applications made decisions tough.
The Aerowaves team and our four mentors - Donald Hutera, Sanjoy Roy, Omar Khan and Oonagh Duckworth - whittled the list down last week and we're happy to announce that we have chosen 10 writers to join us at Spring Forward in Barcelona.
Cláudia Brufau (Spain)
Gaia Clotilde Chernetich (Italy)
Anne Chirescu (France)
Elina Cire (Latvia)
Luke Forbes (Germany)
Niko Hallikainen (Finland)
Anastasio Koukoutas (Greece)
Marie Pons (France)
Mateusz Szymanówka (Poland)
Louise Tanoto (UK)
We can't wait to see what they'll all make of Spring Forward! The festival will be Live Streamed, so even those not able to join us this year, can keep up with all the action in Barcelona.
More on the Live Stream coming soon...
Sharing their experiences - the Artists’ View
February 16 2015
Not sure what to expect from Aerowaves but are thinking of applying later this year? Check out our new Back Catalogue section, where you can browse through all of the artists who have previously been selected by Aerowaves – since 1997!
Tero Saarinen, whose company has grown into one of the most successful in Finland, was among the very first artists selected by Aerowaves all those years ago.
Here's what he had to say about Aerowaves...
Watch more Artist View videos and find out who else Aerowaves has 'talent spotted' over the years – view our Back Catalogue.
Ever wondered what a Partner Meeting looks like?
January 30 2015
Aerowaves' General Manager, Anna Arthur, made this fun video during our last partner meeting, hosted by En Knap in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2014.
Each year at the end of October the members of the Aerowaves network meet to select the Aerowaves Twenty artists for the following year. It's an intensive weekend packed with watching dance and having lots of lively discussion!
And the Audience Development grants go to…
January 21 2015
2015 sees the first round of Aerowaves Audience Development Grants being awarded to partner organisations in our network. Our intention is to support our partners as they work locally and nationally to build new and more loyal audiences for emerging dance artists. Thanks to our funding from the EU's Creative Europe programme, we can take action on developing audiences for dance across Europe by providing strategic support to our partners.
We are delighted to share the recipients of the inaugural Aerowaves Audience Development grants...
Bora Bora – Aarhus, Denmark
Comune di Bassano del Grappa – Bassano, Italy
Derida Dance Centre – Sofia, Bulgaria
Dublin Dance Festival – Dublin, Ireland
En Knap – Ljubljana, Slovenia
La Briqueterie – Paris, France
Lithuanian Dance Info Centre – Vilnius, Lithuania
RomaEuropa – Rome, Italy
San Vincenti Festival – San Vincenti, Croatia
The Place – London, UK
Keep your eyes open for news, photos and videos from the projects as they unfold!