East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Spring Forward Festival, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 22-24 April 2016


Spring Forward presents some of the most promising new choreographers in Europe at a weekend dance festival in Pilsen in the Czech Republic, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April 2016. The programme includes 19 works, 16 of which are selected from the current year of Aerowaves artists. 

In 2016 Aerowaves is teaming up with partners Tanec Praha to bring Spring Forward festival to Pilsen, Czech Republic. Fresh from its turn as European Capital of Culture 2015, Pilsen is proud home to several new performance venues.

This year again we will be streaming most of the Festival performances on this website so that you can get the best of European new dance from anywhere around the world.

To find out about the festival programme, please visit the Aerowaves website.


About the festival

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 theAerowaves 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.




Aerowaves - Dance Across Europe

Spring Forward 2016 Trailer