Spring Forward

23 – 25 March 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria

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

The 2019 edition will take place at La Briqueterie and other venues in Val-de-Marne (Paris' region) from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April. More info coming soon!

About 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.

↓ Show the Programme

Indicated timings are Central Europe Time (UTC/GMT+1 hours) and subject to minor change, please check @AerowavesEurope for live updates

Fri 23 March

9:15-9:30pm

Spring Forward TV

Meet Spring Forward TV hosts Sarah Blanc and Andreas Constantinou to get a flavour of this year's edition in Aarhus
9:30–10:10pm

Altrove - Alessandro Schiatarella followed by Bolero - Jesus Rubio Gamo

Sat 24 March

11:00-11:30am

Ohne Nix - Luke Baio & Dominik Grünbühel

1:00–1:30pm

Kids - Kuan-Hsiang Liu & Ching-Ying Chien

3:30–4:10pm

Displacement - Mithkal Alzghair

4:45–5:00pm

Spring Forward TV explores Aarhus 2017

5:00-5:40pm

Death. Exercises and variations - Renata Piotrowska-Auffret

6:00–6:30pm

Alien Express - Žigan Krajnčan & Gašper Kunšek

6:30-7:30pm

Classical Beauty - Taneli Torma

7:30–7:40pm

Spring Forward TV

9:15–9:30pm

Spring Forward TV

9:30–10:10pm

The Rest is silence - Hege Haagenrud

Indicated timings are Central Europe Time (UTC/GMT+1 hours) and subject to minor change, please check @AerowavesEurope for live updates

Fri 23 March

5—6pm

Spring Forward Opening Reception

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
6—6:50pm

‘Scarabeo, angles and the void’ - Associazione Culturale VAN, Andrea Costanzo Martini, Italy

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
7:15—7:55pm

‘Volitant’ - Góbi Dance Company, Hungary

Spring Forward / RKIC
8:30—9pm

‘Rehearsal on Love’ - Raekallio Corp, Finland

Spring Forward / Théatro
9—9:20pm

‘Dans, for Satan’ - Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold, Denmark

Spring Forward / Théatro
9:45—12pm

‘NASS (Les gens)’ - Company MASSALA, Fouad Boussouf, France

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
10:30—11:30pm

Dinner

Sat 24 March

10:30—11:10am

‘Forecasting’ - Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic & Giuseppe Chico, France

Spring Forward / RKIC
11:50—12:30pm

‘Forecasting’ - Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic & Giuseppe Chico, France

Spring Forward / RKIC
12:45—1:25am

‘F 63.9’ - Derida Company, Jivko Jeliazkov, Bulgaria

Spring Forward / Théatro
1:45—2:45pm

Lunch

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
3:15—3:55pm

‘Likes’ - Núria Guiu Sagarra, Spain

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
4:30—5:10am

‘Opus’ - Leon and Wolf Dance Company, Christos Papadopoulos, Greece

Spring Forward / RKIC
5:30—5:50pm

‘A moment’ - Sandman, Sabine Molenaar, Belgium

Spring Forward / Théatro
6:15—6:35pm

‘A silver knife’ - Goblin Party, Korea

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
6:40—7:40pm

Dinner

Spring Forward / Théatro
8:30—9pm

‘Ahora que no somos demasiado viejos todavía’ - Jesús Rubio Gamo, Spain

Spring Forward / Lumiere
9:15—9:55pm

‘Counterbody’ - Tangaj Dance Collective, Simona Deaconescu, Romania

Spring Forward / Azaryan theatre

Sun 25 March

11:15—11:40am

‘Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus’ - Oona Doherty, UK

Spring Forward / Lumiere
12—12:40pm

‘Wreck - List of extinct species’ - INSIEMI IRREALI, Pietro Marullo, Belgium

Spring Forward / Azaryan Theatre
1—1:30pm

‘touching.just’ - Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou, Greece

Spring Forward / RKIC
1:45—2:15pm

‘Kokoro’ - Luna Cenere, Italy

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
2:15—3:15pm

Lunch

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
5—5:25pm

‘Dédale’ - Jordan Deschamps, Austria/France

Spring Forward / Théatro
6—6:40pm

“Grrr, I’m dancing” Universe of a dancing bear - Mathis Kleinschnittger, Germany

Spring Forward / Youth Theatre 'Nikolay Binev'
7:30—8pm

‘Homo Furens’ - PLAN-K, Filipe Lourenço, France

Spring Forward / Lumiere
8:15—8:55pm

‘Brother’ - Marco da Silva Ferreira, Portugal

Spring Forward / Azaryan Theatre
9:15—10:30pm

Closing Dinner

Spring Forward 2018 - as it happened!

Location

Spring Forward festival took place on 23–25 March 2018 in Sofia (Bulgaria) hosted by our Partner Derida Dance Centre. The festival took place in the framework of Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU and the Calendar of Cultural Events of Sofia Municipality for 2018.

FIND THE MAP OF THE FESTIVAL HERE

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

Getting to Sofia

Sofia (SOF) airport is served by Bulgaria Air  and many low cost airlines including Ryanair, WizzAir and AirBerlin. Sofia is also linked by train to most capitals in Europe.

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.