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Monday 19 April until Sat 15 May

From a four-week run of outstanding dance at Birmingham Hippodrome (including Mark Morris Dance Group and Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Carlos Acosta) to (In)visible Dancing – a two week growing series of quirky performances on Birmingham’s High Street – there was a sense that the festival was firmly establishing itself in the fabric of the city. At Birmingham REP, record audiences witnessed the extraordinary Sutra and Australia’s spectacular Circa.

Elsewhere in theatres, world dance star Akram Khan and Irish dance legend Colin Dunne presented new performances, and some of the most cutting edge performers from the Arab world shared their unique approach to dance.

Alongside (In)visible Dancing, the city’s public spaces saw a range of new IDFB productions.

Utopia was a re-imagining of global folk dance with over forty dance performers from across the world joined by Birmingham’s gypsy-balkan super group The Destroyers.

Meanwhile, on the canals of the city and beyond, Dancing The Waterways took a dance production on a boat to new places and spaces.

Once again, participation played a big part in the festival with the family weekend engaging audiences of all ages and our hip-hop participation spectacular, Put Your Foot Down!, closing the festival with thousands of audiences learning some new moves from superstar dancer Salah.

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