Monday 23 April until Saturday 19 May 2012
Exceeding all previous audience and participation numbers, over 60,000 people saw a performance in the festival and the over 7,500 participatory experiences engaged people of all ages and abilities. Once again, some of the biggest names in world dance graced the stages of the festival, including Sylvie Guillem, Russell Maliphant, Royal Ballet Flanders, Louise Lecavalier, Dave St-Pierre Company and Birmingham Royal Ballet, with a new IDFB commission by American choreographer Jessica Lang.
New collaborations and commissions included Asian dance competition Desi Moves, international integrated dance production The Impending Storm and film programme Light Fantastic. Participation again featured heavily in the festival, with Cultural Olympiad projects Home, Breathe The Beat and Spill all bringing dance to new audiences in new spaces and places.
Featuring the astonishing circus skills of Australia’s Circa, the raw physicality of 2Faced Dance Company, building projection across the city’s landmark Town Hall and a team of actors led by film, TV and DJ star Goldie, this was a spectacular event using the roofs, balconies and walls of the buildings around Birmingham’s Victoria Square, and leaving over 9000 spectators in awe.
An IDFB 2012 Commission
Home is a bold, inventive new production that will animate public spaces across Birmingham city centre.
Goldie // 2Faced Dance Company // CIRCA // seeper
Wings of Desire
A love story bridging heaven and earth will unfold before your eyes in this outdoor spectacle, featuring the most amazing transformation of a Birmingham…
Spill - a playground of dance
Highly playful and physical, and at times teasingly comical – this is a cheeky dance celebration of the child within.
Royal Ballet Flanders
In 1984, after becoming Director of the Frankfurt Ballet, William Forsythe created Artifact and changed the way we look at expression through dance forever.
A Sadler's Wells Project
The critically acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre is back, with another line-up of jaw-dropping performances by companies from around…
Breathe the Beat Roadshow
The new surroundings of the iconic Bullring’s Spiceal Street will be brought to life with this spectacular day of free dance performances and workshops.
Children & A Few Minutes of Lock
Louise Lecavalier is an icon of contemporary dance the world over. As Édouard Lock’s muse in La La La Human Steps, she is arguably as identified with…
Collision Course is a project conceived, choreographed and co-directed by Garry Stewart and produced and co-directed by Carmelo Musca.
Danza Contemporanea de Cuba
Sensual, intense, dynamic, and ‘one of the most exciting companies in the world today’ according to international ballet star Carlos Acosta, Danza…
Punch, in partnership with IDFB, presents 2012’s hottest Asian dance competition, Desi Moves.
Our Family Weekend is a three day mini-festival where amazing performances combine with interactive workshops and craft activities in a fun-filled programme…
Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant
Widely regarded as ‘the most brilliant ballerina of her generation’ (The Guardian), the legendary Sylvie Guillem returns to the UK, following the sell-out…
David Toole, Lucy Hind & Remix Dance Company
The Impending Storm
Acclaimed dancer David Toole has collaborated with a team of UK and South African artists, both non-disabled and disabled, on this world premiere production…
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Three Short Works
This breathtaking programme includes the world premiere of Lyric Pieces by American choreographer Jessica Lang – a joint commission by International…
Dave St-Pierre Company
Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!
Controversial, emotionally charged and outrageously funny, this is a theatrical experience like no other.
Circolombia’s highly acclaimed show URBAN will thrill audiences with a unique blend of electrifying circus, South American hip-hop and reggaeton dance.
International Raw Energy
Following its success in the very first IDFB back in 2008, this year we welcome the return of youth dance extravaganza International Raw Energy.
Right from the start, cinema and dance found common cause in movement; some of Edison’s earliest films were spectacular hand-tinted performances by skirt…