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.

Breakin' Convention and Colombia’s Circolombia brought an urban flavour to the final week of the festival, which culminated in IDFB’s biggest outdoor production to date – Wings of Desire.

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.


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