Spring Forward

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 2017

WATCH as much as you like of Aerowaves Spring Forward performances, artists interviews and behind the scene exclusive content!

Spring Forward was held in Aarhus in Denmark from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 April 2017.



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.

Spring Forward 2018 is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the Municipality of Sofia. 

Getting to Sofia

Sofia (SOF) airport is served by many low cost airlines including Ryanair, WizzAir and AirBerlin. In addition Bulgaria Air offers daily flights from most European cities. Sofia is also linked by train to most capitals in Europe. Getting from the airport to the city is very easy on a new and modern metro system.

Bulgarian & American showcases

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  and ten companies will will appear from 26 to 28 March during Spotlight: USA in nearby Plovdiv.

Picture: Sofia in Details

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.

The shows' reviews by the Springback writers and their mentors will be online for you to enjoy throughout the weekend whether you are in Aarhus with us or watched the performances online.