Spring Forward

24 – 26 April 2020
Rijeka, Croatia

Spring Forward Festival will take place in Rijeka, European Capital of Culture 2020, hosted by the Croatian Cultural Centre from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April.

See the programme below and registrations HERE!

About Spring Forward ↓

Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival 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 broadcast 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 Festival 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 conjunction with Tanec Praha; European Capital of Culture Aarhus (DK) in 2017 with our hosts Bora Bora, Sofia (BG) in 2018 in partnership with Derida Dance Center and in 2019 La Briqueterie hosted the festival in the framework of la Biennale de Danse du Val de Marne (FR). 

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 broadcast 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 24 April

11—11:40am

Bouncing Narratives by Roza Moshtaghi

Port - Boonker * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
2—2:40pm

Mechanics of Distance by Máté Mészáros

Governor's Palace
3—3:40pm

Bouncing Narratives by Roza Moshtaghi

Port - Boonker * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4—4:40pm

The Angular Distance of a Celestial Body by Alessandro Carboni

Opera Bar
5—5:40pm

Mechanics of Distance by Máté Mészáros

Governor's Palace
6:30—7pm

Babae by Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Opera Bar
8:30—10pm

Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven by Furtado - Taviani & AlSheMe by Linda Hayford

Croatian Cultual Centre (HKD) * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sat 25 April

10—10:40am

Bouncing Narratives by Roza Moshtaghi

Port - Boonker * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
11—11:40am

UNAUTHORISED by Iris Karayan

Gervais Centre - club
12—12:30pm

A complementary set_Disappearing with an Impact by The Choi x Kang Project

Gervais Centre - hall * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
2—2:40pm

Warrior by Anne-Mareike Hess

Gervais Centre - hall * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4:30—5:25pm

FLY! by Markéta Stránská & “bir şey” by Ekin Tunçeli

Opera Bar
7—8:10pm

Postmodern Cool by Inés Belli & A white sustainable construction by Manuel Rodríguez

Croatian National Theatre * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10:30—11:10pm

Panflutes and Paperwork by Ingrid Berger Myhre & Lasse Passage

Croatian Cultual Centre (HRK) * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sun 26 April

10—10:40am

Bouncing Narratives by Roza Moshtaghi

Port - Boonker * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
12—12:40pm

The Feline Project by Dagmar Dachauer

Gervais Centre - hall * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
1—1:40pm

BEAT ‘I just wish to feel you’ by Collective Dope - Jenna Jalonen

Gervais Centre - club
3—3:40pm

The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus by Léa Tirabasso

Gervais Centre - hall * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
5—5:40pm

UN/DRESS | moving painting by Masako Matsushita - Nanou Associazione Culturale

Opera Bar
6—6:40pm

PLI by Viktor Černický

Croatian Cultual Centre (HKD) * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
8—8:40pm

Golem by Julien Carlier - Abis Company

Croatian Cultual Centre (HKD) * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
9—9:40pm

GRACES by Silvia Gribaudi

Croatian National Theatre * OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Location

Our Croatian partner the Croatian Cultural Centre and other venues in Rijeka will host the 2020 edition of Spring Forward Festival on 24-26 April.

Visit visitrijeka.eu 

Getting to Rijeka

Rijeka has its own airport that can be reached by direct flight only from Münich and Eindhoven. 

The next closest airport is Zagreb. We are arranging transport from Zagreb airport to Rijeka - further information will be contained in the confirmation email. Please read this before you book your travel. 

Other nearby airports include Pula (HR), Trieste (IT) and Ljubljana (SLO).

Rijeka is well connected by  Flix buses, especially to surrounding countries. There is also a central railway station in Rijeka that connects via Zagreb to many European cities. But beware the trains in Croatia are very slow.

Accommodation

Spring Forward is using two established hotels and has arranged discounts with them. Further information will be contained in the confirmation email.

Since 2014, Aerowaves has provided mentorship to emerging dance writers during Spring Forward Festival. 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 Croatia with us or watching the performances online.