Spring Forward 2024

Darmstadt, Wiesbaden and Mainz, Germany
21 - 23 March

The Spring Forward Festival 2024 will take place in the three German cities of Darmstadt, Wiesbaden and Mainz between 21–23 March. Led by Hessisches Staatsballett, the festival is hosted by the Staatstheaters in those cities.


Aerowaves and the host partners will bring together the #Twenty24 selection of artists from around Europe to a professional global audience. In addition, Hessisches Staatsballett will present V/ertigo, a double bill with choreographies by Damien Jalet and Imre & Marne van Opstal.

The festival will also be 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, and participate in an intensive programme which includes a professional development workshop, opportunities to network and access to the festival programme.

On the morning of Saturday 23 March (9.45 – 11.00) at Staatstheater Darmstadt there will be a talk featuring Habib Ben Tanfous (Aerowaves 2024), YAV (Aerowaves 2024) and Jasna Layes-Vinovrski (Aerowaves 2016) facilitated by Emily May, in which the artists will discuss and share thoughts around the topic ‘what the body carries’.

Before and after the festival

On Wednesday 20 March we are presenting a programme of work starting at 18.00, featuring Olga Dukhovnaya and Chen Wei Lee & Zoltan Vakulya with students from the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts.

On Sunday 24 March at Staatstheater Mainz you are invited to see two brand new works created by tanzmainz with three former Aerowaves artists. Tânia Carvalho and Lander Patrick present ‘Força’ at 15.00 and Moritz Ostruschnjak presents ‘Trailer Park’ at 19.30.

Spring Forward 2024 host organisations 

Hessisches Staatsballett

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Staatstheater Mainz and tanzmainz

Aerowaves is Co-funded by the European Union and Spring Forward 2024 is 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.