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UK PREMIERE Aerowaves at 25 + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Dancers silhouetted against a bright blue screen. There is loose debree scattered across the floor, like ribbons
Aerowaves at 25, dir. Enya Belak, UK 2022, 57 min.

For the last 25 years, Aerowaves has been leading contemporary dance in Europe through supporting the work of emerging creators, shaping the artform and connecting the continent’s dance scene in the process. This documentary dives into the history of Aerowaves, the artists they have identified and supported, and the many offshoots that have grown up around this game-changing organisation, including experiments in VR. The film contains archive footage of past festivals, interviews with the founders and artists and beautifully shot dance made specially for film.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and conversation hosted by Anna Arthur, featuring panellists discussing the legacy, new connections and opportunities that Aerowaves has offered to many. 

Panelists include Enya Belak (film director), John Ashford (Aerowaves founder), Sanjoy Roy (Springback Magazine editor), Georgia Howlett (Springback Magazine contributor), Waddah Sinada (Aerowaves artist), Simone Mousset (Startup Forum participant) Freddie Opoku-Addaie (Artistic Director/Chief Executive Dance Umbrella), Betsy Gregory (Startup Forum and Aerowaves Board member) and Eddie Nixon (Artistic Director of The Place).
Enya Belak is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans film directing, choreography and beyond. With a background in contemporary dance, her research focuses on the body as primary subject. As a choreographer, Enya recently presented the live dance duet BLUFF and the multi-genre project Blue Ink, which encompasses dance, VR 360° film, and hybrid performance.

Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe. The organisation identifies the most promising new work by emerging dance artists and then promotes it through cross-border performances. Aerowaves’ network of partners in 34 countries enables these younger choreographers to bring brand new dance to brand new audiences.

The Place is the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, leading the way in the development of dance training, creation and performance for over 50 years. The Place was also the founding home to Aerowaves and continues to be the network’s UK partner, playing a vital role in its further development and success.

Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival celebrating contemporary dance, bringing some of the world’s most exciting talent, as well as featuring Aerowaves artists to stages across London and online.
This event is organised in collaboration with Aerowaves and is affiliated with The Place, Dance Umbrella and The Embassy of Slovenia in London.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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