Spring Forward

Spring Forward is back from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April 2017 in Aarhus (Denmark) presenting 20 performances, a live stream with exclusive content and some topical debates.

Meet the most promising choreographers from Europe and get ready to be moved!


28 – 30 April 2017
Aarhus, Denmark

Aerowaves Spring Forward provides a platform for the most vibrant and promising choreographers to show their work to performing arts professionals and local audiences. The festival is Live Streamed to reach dance fans across the world.

The festival began in 2011 as an experiment. It took shape in response to the uncertain economic climate and the realities facing emerging dance artists as they begin their careers. Spring Forward provides a context for young choreographers to present their work within a different cultural setting and to new audiences. The platform supports artists as they seek new collaborators for their work and fosters a friendly atmosphere within an intensive weekend festival.

As with all Aerowaves initiatives, Spring Forward has grown from a place of generosity and a desire to make connections. The first festival in 2011 was held in partnership with En Knap at Španski Borci in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2012, Operaestate Festival Veneto dedicated its entire B-Motion strand to showcasing Aerowaves' work for the second Spring Forward festival.

Armed with confidence in our new venture, we took the festival to Switzerland in 2013 to join the inaugural programme of Zürich tanzt. Umeå, the European Capital of Culture in 2014, hosted the fourth Spring Forward at Norrlandsoperan, and in 2015 we were welcomed by the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona.

The programme is usually formed of at least ten of the current year's Aerowaves Twenty artists, plus some previous Aerowaves Twenty artists who are brought back to the festival by popular demand – this is the Aerowaves Encore strand. Depending on the city we visit each year, some local artists may also be presented. All artists stay for the whole weekend, so that conversations with programmers can evolve naturally.

Local audiences have the chance to discover a great variety of brand new dance artists, most of whom are performing in their city for the first time. Since 2014, we have Live Streamed Spring Forward so that dance fans across Europe and beyond can watch and engage with the festival.

Stream Spring Forward 2016

WATCH as much as you like of Aerowaves Spring Forward festival 2016, featuring 19 emerging contemporary dance companies and artists from Europe, 16 of which are selected from Aerowaves16 artists.

Spring Forward was held in Pilsen in the Czech Republic, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April 2016.



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. The performances will be presented at Bora Bora, Åbne Scene Godsbanen, Teater Katapult, Teater Svalegangen and Musikhuset Aarhus.

Visit bora-bora.dk/en/

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.

Since 2014, Aerowaves has provided mentorship to emerging dance writers during Spring Forward. Springback Academy is a fast-paced introduction to the art of dance criticism within the context of an intensive festival.

All the shows' reviews by the Springback writers and their mentors are now online and ready for you to enjoy whether you were in Pilsen with us or watched the performances online.