Over four festivals since 2008, IDFB has built momentum to become one of the largest dance festivals in Europe, showcasing a strong programme of dance in theatres alongside innovative and engaging outdoor productions and new opportunities to participate.
The critically acclaimed quality of the artistic offering, the mix of 9 world premieres and international touring by high profile artists from 18 countries has helped put Birmingham on the map as a cultural destination.
The city was buzzing with the festival during April and May with performances on the streets culminating in B-Town in Victoria Square and major routes awash with flags and banners thanks to the City Council’s street dressing as well as performances in many of the major venues. Not only was the festival highly visible but there were large audiences reflecting the youth and diversity of the city and a tangible sense of local pride in the city as a result.
Each year IDFB has a distinctive feel and this year new elements brought in new partners as well as old friends – Birmingham City University, University of Birmingham, Millennium Point and The Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s School were all involved for the first time.
Paint the Town Red was a mix of workshops and social events celebrating flamenco, tango, capoiera and swing dance that were hugely popular with aficionados bringing participants from across the country.
We are very proud that IDFB achieved national recognition by winning a 2014 UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Dance for our 'Bold, extensive programming and presentation'
IDFB 2014 sees pioneering performers from the world of street dance brought together in a show stopping new production, B-Town.
International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 is delighted to present the world premiere of Concert Dansé.
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Three Short Works
BRB returns to IDFB with two new commissions from young choreographers and one of Sir Frederick Ashton's best-loved ballets.
A powerfully visual examination of human nature.
A Sadler's Wells project
DJs, dancers, demonstrations and workshops.
Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sexuality, power and beauty.
Aakash Odedra Company
Murmur & Inked
A new double bill from Aakash Odedra - one of the most sought after British choreographer/dancers today.
Match & Halfway To The Other Side
Company Decalage present this highly anticipated world premiere double bill.
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein
With an engaging blend of dance, dialogue and live music, award-winning Protein returns with a new slice of timely social comment.
Greek choreographer Patricia Apergis' choreography is inspired by street culture and everyday life, mixing dynamism of movement with sharp humour.
Les 7 Doigts de la Main
Groundbreaking Montreal circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main bring a deeply human dimension to the world of awe-inspiring acrobatics and phenomenal physicality.
DanceXchange & Shaun Parker Company
Spill: a playground of dance
First seen in IDFB 2012, Spill is back by popular demand!
Lord of the Flies
Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining.
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre
The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
The two halves of this thrilling dance theatre double bill are a contrast in light and dark that mirrors the Stravinsky music of the same name.
Put Your Foot Down 2014
Take a break from shopping and watch a spectacular array of free dance performances in a range of styles.
All of Birmingham is a Stage Exhibition
An exhibition by students of Birmingham City University’s School of Architecture
6000 Miles Away
A mixed programme devised and performed by internationally acclaimed dancer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem.
DanceXchange & Dance4
MY (Midlands Youth) Dance Festival
DanceXchange is working again with Dance4 to present a regional youth dance platform that showcases the next generation of dance talent.
Electric Swing Circus
Swing Dance Day
Two days of swing dance – come and learn the moves to join in on the day.
In association with brukup!
The Sound of Footwork
Bringing back the old school...expect house, broken beats and jazz fusion, and a room full of dancers unleashing some fast and fancy footwork.
International Capoeira Festival & Brazilian Carnival Parade
Three days of workshops, demonstrations and open classes delivered by established Capoeira masters from Brazil, for participants of all ages.
An evening of social dance.
Luca Silvestrini's Protein
Over 50’s Workshop
On Friday 9 May, you'll spend the afternoon working with Protein, before attending their show, Border Tales on Friday 16 May.
La Lupi / Ana Garcia / Curro de Maria
Get to grips with the intricate rhythms behind this most passionate of dances in a series of fantastic workshops for all levels.
Professional Development: Dance in Community Settings
Choreographer Luca Silvestrini will lead the day, discussing the ways in which he has worked to engage with communities.
In association with Espirito Brum
Rebel Spirit: Brazilian Club Night
Join us at PST, Digbeth to celebrate Brazil and Birmingham with a club night, featuring live band/ artists, DJs, live percussion and dancing.
Corey Baker Dance
A Haka Day Out Workshops
Take part in a traditional Maori experience in Birmingham city centre as part of Haka Day Out.
Electric Swing Circus
An urban festival dedicated to Electro Swing, Gypsy Folk and vintage mayhem, taking the sounds and styles from the 1920s and giving them a modern twist.