Kleinschnittger. Photo by Mirjana Vrbaski

Spring Forward festival will take place on 23–25 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, hosted by  Derida Dance Centre.

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.

Spring Forward 2018
Spring Forward 2018

This year get ready to applaud Andrea Costanzo Martini – Associazione Culturale VAN (Italy), Ingrid Berger Myhre (Norway), Leon and Wolf Dance Company – Christos Papadopoulos (Greece), Premier Stratageme, Barbara Matijevic and Giuseppe Chico (France), Sandman – Sabine Molenaar, (Belgium), Company Massala – Fouad Boussouf (France), Hilde Ingeborg Sandvold (Denmark), Plan-K – Filipe Lourenço (France), Núria Guiu Sagarra (Spain), Mathis Kleinschnittger (Germany), Luna Cenere (Italy), Góbi Dance Company (Hungary), Raekallio Corp (Finland), Insiemi Irreali, Pietro Marullo (Belgium), Tangaj Dance Collective – Simona Deaconescu (Romania), Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal), Jordan Deschamps (Austria/France), Jesús Rubio Gamo (Spain), Derida Company – Jivko Jeliazkov (Bulgaria), Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou (Greece).

They will be joined by Oona Doherty with her Twenty17 selected work ‘Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus‘ and by Goblin Party company from Korea with ‘A silver knife’.

You can view the whole programme here.

Like the previous years the whole festival will be live streamed via Facebook Live and on Spring Forward website.
Showcasing some of the best and brightest emerging choreographers in Europe, Spring Forward festival live stream will be jam-packed with dance performances, behind the scenes interviews and lively debates animated by Spring Forward TV hosts Andreas Elia Constantinou & Stephanie Handjiiska.