Aerowaves and the host partners brought together the #Twenty24 selection of artists from around Europe to a professional global audience.

In Darmstadt, Wiesbaden and Mainz we saw 20 performances over 3 days and welcomed 228 dance professionals from 47 countries. In addition, 1750 local spectators attended the performances across the three cities.

The festival was also an opportunity to meet the international group of journalists and writers of the Springback Academy and the producers and curators of the Startup Forum programme. Aerowaves has also invited 10 dance makers based in Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Württemberg (Germany) to be part of the Spring Forward Artists Encounter.

On the last morning of Saturday 23 March at Staatstheater Darmstadt, there was a talk featuring Habib Ben Tanfous (Aerowaves 2024), YAV (Aerowaves 2024) and Jasna Layes-Vinovrski (Aerowaves 2016) facilitated by Emily May.


Extra programme

Before the festival started, on Wednesday 20 March former Aerowaves artists  Olga Dukhovnaya and Chen Wei Lee & Zoltan Vakulya (supported by the Taipeh Vertretung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) presented their work with students from the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts.


Spring Forward 2024 host organisations & Supports

Hessisches Staatsballett

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Staatstheater Mainz and tanzmainz

Aerowaves is Co-funded by the European Union and Spring Forward 2024 was possible thanks to the support of: Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, Pro-Helvetia, Acción Cultural Española, Kultur Luxembourg, Perform Czech, Onassis Stegi, British Council,  Italian Cultural Institute in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Czech Centre Berlin and Québec Government Office in Berlin.