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Opportunities: Aerowaves (Europe)

Opportunities: Aerowaves (Europe)

Aerowaves is a network which annually researches younger dance work in Europe, and seeks cross-border presentation opportunities for selected artists. In 2009 over 70 performances were confirmed in 22 European cities. This increased to over 80 in 2010, and  approximately 100 opportunities in 2011 and 2012. We anticipate a similar number in 2013, listed on the Aerowaves Companies calendar as they occur. This application is for 2014, when we aim to offer as many opportunities, and possibly more.

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Eligibility for Aerowaves

  • Applicants resident in Europe
  • Work made in geographical Europe
  • Work between 15 and 40 minutes duration
  • Work that can share a triple bill, with simple technical requirements
  • Work by postgraduate but not undergraduate students
  • Correct submission of application form, with video uploaded to Vimeo and DVD by post
  • Previous Aerowaves applicants, successful or unsuccessful, may apply with a different work
  • Applications that are completed no later than Monday 16 September 2013.
  • Some circumstances may be exceptional. Email  if you have any questions or call Anna Arthur +44 (0)20 8681 7123

How to apply to Aerowaves

Upload your video at If it is too big for their free membership, you should take a Vimeo Plus subscription for one month at $9.95 (about €7.70) and upload your video in HD. Please use the Privacy settings if you do not wish to make your video public, but remember to tell us the Password as well as the reference number

Complete the online Aerowaves application form

When your uploaded work has been agreed as eligible by email, post an identical DVD of the piece you wish to present (with your company name, email address and the title of the work clearly marked) to: Aerowaves, The Place, 17 Dukes Road, London WC1H 9PY, UK

Only one work may be submitted by each choreographer or company

Applications must be completed by 16 September 2013

The video should be a simple record of a public performance from beginning to end, if possible including close-up and wide shots as appropriate. Promotional videos are not acceptable, and neither are videos of any piece other than that which you want to perform. Please do not submit videos longer than 40 minutes or less than 15 minutes since they will not be considered. If you are applying with a shortened version of a longer work, it must be edited to the short version on the video. DVDs must be recorded in DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW formats and play on a standard DVD player. Those that will only play on a computer will not be eligible

Selection Process

Receipt of your application and DVD will be acknowledged by email. The email is not automated, therefore, it may take a day to reach you

You should enter any performances of the proposed work in the Aerowaves Candidates calendar

Priority Companies will be established by a meeting of Aerowaves Partners which takes place at the end of October, followed by the selection of companies for the Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival. Companies will be offered a small fee, agreed travel expenses, shared hotel accommodation for three or four nights (dependent upon performance date) and expenses for each company member. Detailed arrangements will be confirmed by contract following selection

Priority Companies may also receive performance invitations throughout Europe in 2014-15, the conditions to be agreed between the artists and the presenters. All subsequent performances of the selected works, whether by Aerowaves invitation or not, should be entered in the Aerowaves Companies calendar.

Other applicants may also receive performance invitations even if they are not included within the Priority Companies. We are sorry that we cannot enter into further correspondence with those who are not selected


Criteria for selection

Some of the qualities that have guided us in the last 15 years:

The work is propelled by a good idea

Choreographed with an originality motivated by this idea

Which has the confidence to omit the superfluous

With a clear and sturdy structure

Danced with clarity, verve, commitment and assurance

That will look good presented under limited technical conditions

From a company that has not toured much abroad

But whose experience might be enriched through Aerowaves

And that will have a future

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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