Spring Forward

5 – 7 April 2019
Val de Marne, France

Spring Forward will take place at La Briqueterie and other venues in Val-de-Marne (Paris region) from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April in the framework of la Biennale de Danse du Val de Marne.

More info coming soon!

About Spring Forward ↓

Aerowaves Spring Forward provides a platform for some of Europe's 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. This was followed by Pilsen (CZ) in 2016 hosted in conjuction with Tanec Praha; European Capital of Cultural Aarhus (DK) in 2017 with our hosts Bora Bora, and Sofia (BG) in 2018 in partnership with Derida Dance Center.

The programme is formed of the current year's Aerowaves Twenty artists, plus a company from Asia through our ongoing collaboration with the Taiwan Dance Platform at WeiWuYing Culture Centre in Kaohsiung, and SIDance and KNCDC in Seoul. Artists are invited to 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.


Our French partner La Briqueterie and other venues in Val de Marne will host the 2019 edition of Spring Forward in the framework of la Biennale de Danse du Val de Marne (21 March - 19 April).

Getting to Paris

Paris is easily accessible by plane through its main airports, Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle. ​


Visit www.alabriqueterie.com

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 reviewed by the Springback writers and their mentors will be online for you to enjoy throughout the weekend whether you are in France with us or watching the performances online.