International contemporary dance festival
by Aerowaves – Dance across Europe platform
23-25 March, Sofia

Aerowaves – Dance across Europe is the only contemporary dance platform in Europe which is supported by the EU’s Creative Europe program. 45 organizations from 33 European countries are partnering in the platform. It is founded in 1996. TOP 20 emerging choreographers are selected during partners’ annual meetings. These meetings are also the time when the partners work on performative arts development strategies. The Spring Forward festival is one of the most important tools for development. It takes place every year in a different country. By now it’s been hosted in Ljubljana, Bassano del Grappa, Zurich, Umeå, Bercelona, Pilsen, Aarhus. In March 2018 Spring Forward will be in Sofia, and in 2019 In Paris.


 
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SEETOP 20 PERFORMANCES IN EUROPE

Why Spring Forward festival is a significant and strategic event on a global scale?

During the festival:

  • 20 emerging choreographers’ performances (selected out of 637) will be presented. The selection is made by 45 jury members from 33 countries from geographical Europe.
  • The Spring back academy will be held. This is a critic writing academy lead by established mentors in the field. 10 young talents from all over Europe are selected to take part in it and to write critic articles about the TOP 20 performances.
  • Programs for developing new audiences and for presenting contemporary dance at non-traditional places are being developed (since 2018)

Greeting from Mrs. Yordanka Fandukova, mayor of Sofia.

In March 2018 Sofia will host the international festival Spring Forward by Aerowaves – the largest European platform for contemporary dance. We are honoured that Sofia is chosen to host such a big event especially during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union. The job we did together with Derida Dance Center to make this project happen is an evidence of the cooperation between Sofia Municipality and the creative environments. One of the top priorities of Sofia are the investments in cultural development and providing access to huge variety of cultural events. Our city ranks among the top ten in Europe's capitals, contributing to the cultural and creative industries in the economy. More than 8% of town’s economics is generated by the cultural industries. Promoting creative industries is an important part of our cultural policy. We’ve developed two mechanisms for financing cultural products – “Culture” program and the Calendar of cultural events. Derida Dance Center is one of the strategic partners of Sofia Municipality and together we manage to build and bring successful contemporary performative arts projects to life. Through their Residency program which we support annually we’ve helped over 50 independent projects of artist from all over the world with which we have been able to strengthen the European dimension in the development of the sector. During the Spring Forward festival TOP 20 emerging European choreographers will be presented in Sofia. This is an example that through the mutual partnership between the Sofia Municipality and the creative sector we are working on presenting contemporary art at its highest level and we are actively involved in both Europe and the whole world’s cultural policies.

Achievement for the Bulgarian stage

For the very first time in the TOP 20 selection there is a Bulgarian performance - F63.9 by the choreographer Jivko Jeliazkov who is also one of the founders of Derida Dance Center. This is a historical moment for Bulgaria and it proves that the investments in culture are worth it. Hosting an event of that rank and especially the thought of a Bulgarian performance taking part in it was just a dream… until now. Being recognized by such a big international organization is a proof that our job is well done. By hosting Spring Forward the Bulgarian stage becomes the world’s dance hot spot. Just before the festival there will be a Bulgarian dance showcase organized. This is a special opportunity for our artists to be recognized by foreign producers, managers and directors.


Program of the festival


Friday, 23 March

Spring Forward 2018 Opening

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre;
Official guests: Mrs Yordanka Fandakova - mayor of Sofia and Spring Forward 2018 Festival patron,
Mr John Ashford - director of Aerowaves-Dance Across Europe platform
Mr Atanas Maev - CEO of Derida Dance Center, host of  Spring Forward 2018 festival
Friday, 23 March 2018 18:00

SCARABEO, Andrea Costanzo Martini

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Friday, 23 March 201818:15

VOLITANT, Rita Gobi

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Friday, 23 March 201819:15

REHEARSAL ON LOVE, Raekalio Corp

Where: THÉATRO
Friday, 23 March 201820:30

DANS, FOR SATAN, Hilde Ingeborg Sanvold 

Where: THÉATRO
Friday, 23 March 201821:00

NASS (LESS GENS), Massala Company

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Friday, 23 March 201821:45

Saturday, 24 March

FORECASTING, Premier Stratagème

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Saturday, 24 March 201810:30

FORECASTING, Premier Stratagème

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Saturday, 24 March 201811:50

 F 63.9, Derida Company

Where: THÉATRO
Saturday, 24 March 201812:45

LIKES, Núria Guiu Sagarra

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Saturday, 24 March 201815:15

OPUS, Leon & the Wolf

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Saturday, 24 March 201816:30

A MOMENT, Sandman

Where: THÉATRO
Saturday, 24 March 201817:30

SIVER KNIFE, Goblin Party

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Saturday, 24 March 201818:15

 NOW, BEFORE WE GET TOO OLD, Jesús Rubio Gamo

Where: Hall 11 - Lumiere cinema, National Palace of Culture
Saturday, 24 March 201820:30

COUNTERBODY, Tangaj Dance Collective

Where: Azaryan Theatre, National Palace of Culture
Saturday, 24 March 201821:15

Sunday, 25 March

"Critical Issues" discussion with dance critics

This event is open for festival guests only Place: Ramada hotel
Sunday, 25 March 201809:30

HOPE HUNT, Oona Doherty

Where: Hall 11 - Lumiere cinema, National Palace of Culture
Sunday, 25 March 201811:15

WRECK - List of extinct species, Insiemi Irreali

Where: Azaryan Theatre, National Palace of Culture
Sunday, 25 March 201812:00

touching.just, Aris Papadopoulos & Martha Pasakopoulou  

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Sunday, 25 March 201813:00

KKOKORO, Luna Cenere

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Sunday, 25 March 201813:45

BLANKS,  Ingrid Berger Myhre

Where: Russian Cultural & Information Centre
Sunday, 25 March 201816:00

DÉDALE, Jordan Deschamps

Where: THÉATRO
Sunday, 25 March 2018 17:00

“GRRR, I’M DANCING”, Mathis Kleinschnittger

Where: Nikolay Binev Youth Theatre
Sunday, 25 March 201818:00

HOMO FURENS, Plan K

Where: Lumiere cinema, National Palace of Culture
Sunday, 25 March 201819:30

BROTHER, Marco da Silva Ferreira

Where: Azaryan Theatre, National Palace of Culture
Sunday, 25 March 201820:15
 

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