Audiences of over 52,000 enjoyed an impressive range of world-class dance performances and events at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016 (IDFB 2016), up by over 50% in comparison to the previous festival in 2014. One of Europe’s biggest and most diverse dance festivals, the fifth edition from 1-22 May, produced by DanceXchange in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome, was a considerable success.
IDFB took over the city with dance at some of the city’s finest venues, including Birmingham Hippodrome, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Crescent and Warwick Arts Centre. Complimented by a huge programme of free dance performances in the streets and squares of the city, IDFB welcomed audiences to 37 ticketed theatre shows and 65 free outdoor performances.
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.
Swingamajig: Stomp Stomp Workshops
A day of Lindy Hop and Authentic Solo Jazz workshops the day before Swingamajig!
Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Nederlands Dans Theater is one of the world’s most celebrated dance companies, wowing audiences with its unique brand of breathtaking dance, awe-inspiring…
Compagnie Philippe Saire
Somewhere between dance, performance and graphic art, Black Out is a strong and intimate experience. Enjoy a unique view from above as thousands of black…
As part of IDFB
Put Your Foot Down
Join us for an afternoon of spectacular free dance performances in a range of styles.
Show us your best robot inspired Popping moves and win the chance to perform prior to The Machine Show alongside the Popping Legend Spider Salah.
A Classical Farewell
After an unparalleled career as one of the world’s foremost ballet stars, Carlos Acosta presents his final ballet programme. From humble beginnings in…
Molnár,Trefeli & Varga
Eclipse & JINX 103
A DOUBLE BILL of two performances, showcasing two different choreographic works that beautifully compliment one another - Eclipse and JINX 103.
Aracaladanza / MOKO Dance
Produced by Aracaladanza in association with MOKO Dance, multi-award winning international company Aracaladanza's new dance theatre production for families…
Company Wang Ramirez
The bedrock piece by duo Wang Ramirez creates a portrait of a new, urban, mobile and intercultural generation. Sébastien Ramirez, French with Spanish…
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Songs of the Wanderers
Inspired by the wealth of religious practices found throughout Asia, and Herman Hazze’s account of Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment, Lin Hwai-min…
La Peña Flamenca
Join Flamenco Edition for a Spanish social evening at IDFB’s very first La Peña Flamenca!
Live Nights offers the opportunity to enjoy the complete festival experience in one place, in one evening - a taste of Birmingham at its best.
As part of IDFB Live Nights
Torque sees dancers and JCB diggers working together in a breath-taking demonstration of strength and agility.
VerTeDance, Jiri Havelka & The Clarinet Factory
Imagine a world where you can’t progress despite your best efforts to push forward. Award-winning contemporary dance company VerTeDance have created…
Corey Baker Dance
Phone Box brings to life this nostalgic British icon with thrilling dance and a wacky digital sound-score. Entertaining and exhilarating, impressive feats…
ZoieLogic Dance Theatre
Three strangers' lives intersect on a strange and exciting journey in 'Stanley', a customised 1980's Ford Orion. As they travel they discover that the…
Performed by Hofesh Shechter’s internationally acclaimed dancers, and accompanied by his cinematic score featuring a band of live drummers and electric…
As part of IDFB Live Nights
Cubes brings together dancers, runners and acrobats for a series of spectacular solos and duets celebrating the talent, youth and diversity of the Midlands.
The Machine Show
The Machine Show is a power-driven performance set against a wall of sound, a dance and circus spectacular, the highlight of the festival.
2Faced Dance Company
The Bench Conference
A One - Day event inciting change.
In A Landscape
Shun Ito’s “In a Landscape” will be a live performance unlike any other. It promises to be an unmissable treat for fans of electronic music, art,…
The Ricochet Project
Smoke & Mirrors
Calculating the stocks of our emotional economy, Smoke and Mirrors combine poetic acrobatics, contemporary dance, contortion and high flying feats to examine…
Olga Pericet's Company with Jesus Fernandez
FLAMENCO EDITION proudly presents in partnership with IDFB the world premiere of Olga Pericet’s Company featuring guest artist Jesús Fernández in “Sin…
First pioneered by Sadler’s Wells, Dance: Sampled lets you enjoy a selection of different dance styles all in one night, for a special low price. Audiences…
S & P Mohapatra /S Nambiar & P Menon
Sangachhadhwam & Sandhya
" A thrilling double bill featuring two classical South Asian styles from internationally acclaimed dancers” Lucie Mirkova, IDFB Programme Manager
Shun Ito Exhibition
Gravity, movement and light are explored in this mesmerising series of performing kinetic sculptures by Japanese artist Shun Ito.
32 Rue Vandenbranden
The action takes place under a wide-open sky in a mountain landscape with only rickety campers for shelter. We find ourselves in a small isolated community…
Aakash Odedra Company / IceCraft - Sanjukta Sinha
Echoes, Kin - Incede
Bells have been a constant companion of every Indian dancer. The bells in 'Echoes' become a metaphor of resonance, of freedom, of awakening. 'Incede' is…
Hemabharathy Palani / Subhash Viman
Trikonanga & Twine / Morphed
Rooted in the style of India this double bill offers a fresh contemporary take.
Desi Grooves Party: Celebration of Bollywood & Bhangra
IDFB 2016 closes with an evening of glitter, glamour and colourful celebration. Desi Grooves champions India’s popular dance styles Bollywood and Bhangra.
As part of IDFB
Situated in the landmark Municipal Bank Building on Broad Street, the Festival Hub will be the place to go for all things IDFB - information about shows…
Bill / 16+ a room / Solo Echo
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Molnar, Ballet BC (British Columbia) is a unique creation-based company of 17 dancers committed to innovation…
International Dance Conference - a ground - breaking conference dedicated to South Asian dance.