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During Spring Forward we piloted a new project called Springback. Professional critics Donald Hutera (The Times), Sanjoy Roy (The Guardian) and Margareta Sörenson (Expressen.se) came together to mentor a group of 9 writers. See the results below.

Don't forget you can still watch the live stream on demand here, and keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter @AerowavesEurope

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Company Reviews Backtrack

Each performance was reviewed up to 3 times and you can read what our writers thought about the works, by clicking on the images below.

The writers also wrote a longer opinion piece about the festival - found below.

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Towards a new and franker criticism

Artistic quality is my focus as a critic. Easy to say, but then we all know all the other aspects which are involved; the practical, economic and geographic ones, educational elements and levels of development.
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Margareta Sörenson

Nomodaco, Sweden Annick Pütz, Luxembourg
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Where Are the Words?

Finding just the right words has usually been a key aim when writing about dance. Which ones best capture the essence of a performance as well as my experience of it?Read more

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Donald Hutera

Claudia Catarzi, Italy Recollective, Russia/Netherlands
Hodworks, Hungary
Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Margareta Sörenson lĺg

Paint dries, kettles boil
Duration and endurance at Spring Forward

Do something – but not too much. Something basic, something minimal. Like walking, or jumping, or crawling, or rocking, or quivering. Repeat. Repeat it again.
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Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera

Sanjoy Roy

Aoife McAtameny, Ireland Nomodaco/Tove Skeidsvoll, Sweden
Eléonore Valčre Lachky, Belgium
Tereza Ondrová & Peter ·avel 2 © Antonín Matűjovsk˘ Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Margareta Sörenson lĺg

In the way of making

Every choreographer takes pride in his or her art, just as every producer takes pride in letting each artist’s piece be fully experienced onstage by them and those who are in the audience.
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Christel Molin

Tereza Ondrová & Peter Šavel,
Nora Elberfeld, Germany Margrét Sara Guđjónsdóttir, Iceland
Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Eléonore Valčre Lachky 4 © Eva Ferrera Margareta Sörenson lĺg

Umea: 2014 / Questions

What do we want from performance and why are we here?

What are our individual histories, and how do these affect our taste?

And what do we all want from dance?
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Sally Marie

Alexis Vassiliou, Cyprus Simone Truong, Switzerland Clément Dazin, France
Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Margareta Sörenson lĺg

Delivering the unsaid

Springback to make the best jump. Springback to sit in the first row, and be ready to get not on but into the stage. Take a breath, springback and dive in even in a state of apnea and against the ticking of time.
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Molnár, Dányi, Vadas, Hungary Antonin Comestaz, NL/France Gala Moody & Michael Carter,

Chiara Organtini

Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy New (Dis)Order (line) © Pawe∏ GrzeĘ copy Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Margareta Sörenson lĺg

Many faces of contemporary dance on display in Umea

Four days, seven theatrical spaces, twenty four shows. These are the most important numbers of the 4th Spring Forward Dance Festival which took place in the Swedish city of Umeĺ from 24th to 27th of April 2014.
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Ramona Nagabczynski, Poland Mamoru Iriguchi, UK
Anna Maria Häkkinen & Jarkko

Petra Dotlačilová

Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Skin Me © Imre KŒvágó Nagy Lander Patrick © Günter Krämmer (5) Margareta Sörenson lĺg

Wellsprung

In the light and freshness of Umea we were indeed sprung forwards, diagonally and sideways but never backwards. Having the privilege to see choreographies curated by some of the most respected dance heads and hearts in Europe is a masterclass in programming and almost exclusively a pleasure to behold.
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Harry Koushos, Greece Lander Patrick, Portugal
Jan Martens, Belgium/The Netherlands

Morag Deyes

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The Long Dance

A number of pieces in this year’s Spring Forward dance festival might have been mistaken as being the product of a group of A Level drama students who’d all been given the same brief for their exam.
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Hannah Tookey

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Art=Good

First impressions are often based on only superficial observations and might quickly lead to judgment – about a person as well as an artwork. Aerowaves was an extremely inspiring and exhausting marathon with about 25 performances in three...
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Jochen Stechmann

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Tastemakers

Spring Forward proved to be a chocolate box of a festival, not everything was to my taste but overall, a stimulating gift.

So who were the tastemakers? 
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Alice Robotham

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