- Meet this year's artists Aerowaves Twenty 15
- Meet the freshest dance makers in Europe
Each year the Aerowaves network selects 20 of the most promising emerging choreographers in Europe. Aerowaves promotes their work for a year, creating opportunities to perform with our Partners.
Aerowaves began in 1996 at The Place, London as a small group of European dance colleagues brought together by John Ashford, then Director of the theatre there. He wanted to draw on their international knowledge to help sort through a pile of video tapes he'd received from young dance companies from all over Europe, and then present the 10 most promising short pieces at The Place Theatre.
Sharing information and drawing on the insights of international colleagues is fundamental to how Aerowaves has worked from then on. Soon, these colleagues were offering performances in their own countries, whether the artists were amongst the 10 shown in London or not.
Aerowaves now has partners in 33 countries. The network brings together the professional knowledge, personal insight and love for dance of 45 members. Each year in October, these partners vote for the next group of Aerowaves Twenty artists. This takes place at an intensive meeting where hundreds of videos are watched and discussed.
Giorgia Nardin © Alice Brazzit
Metal Blanaru© Leif Firnhaber Pinós
Luis Guerra © Margardia Dias
Igor and Moreno © Alicia Clarke
Aerowaves dance across europe
Aerowaves holds an annual open call for emerging choreographers working in geographic Europe who want to become one of the Aerowaves Twenty.
These selected artists represent the most exciting dance makers in Europe and are promoted by Aerowaves for a year. Presenting partners of the Aerowaves Network choose to programme at least three of the Aerowaves Twenty in their venues or festivals.
Aerowaves spring forward
Aerowaves’ three day festival is held in a different European city in April each year. At least 10 of the Aerowaves Twenty are invited to perform at Spring Forward, alongside others from previous years. About 100 programmers from Europe and further afield attend Spring Forward, in addition to local audiences. Most of the festival will be Live Streamed from 2015.
Each year the Aerowaves network selects 20 of the most promising emerging choreographers in Europe.
Meet this year's artists, click on!
Giorgia Nardin est lauréate du réseau aerowaves 2015
All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go
interprèté par Marco D'Agostin, Sara Leghissa
Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne 2015
photographies © Alice Brazzit
Aerowaves springback Academy
Springback Academy offers a unique chance for emerging dance writers to be mentored by professional critics during an international festival. It takes place during Spring Forward each year. Springback Academy experiments with forms of dance writing and positively impacts on the quality of dance criticism online.
This online publication gathers writing, photographic and video responses to performances by Aerowaves Twenty artists. It invites curiosity, thought and reflection on dance as an art form.
Aerowaves provides grants to its partners so that they can create projects that will entice and engage local audiences in the work of the Aerowaves Twenty artists they present. By supporting the network partners directly, Aerowaves encourages greater focus on building audiences for emerging artists. The partners generate resources and practical knowledge to share across the network.