One of the most varied dance festivals around, IDFB presents everything from ballet (including performances from The Kirov Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba with Carlos Acosta, Sylvie Guillem, Royal Ballet Flanders and Birmingham Royal Ballet), to flamenco (Chanta La Mui, En Sus 13), circus (Circa, Circolombia), hip-hop (Breakin' Convention) and south Asian classical dance (Malavika Sarukkai, Nahid Siddiqui, Abhimanyu and Vidha Lal).

All these varied dance styles join a programme of the best of the world’s contemporary dance, with some of the biggest names (Sidi Larbi Cherkoui, Akram Khan, Louise Lecavalier, Dave St-Pierre, Saburo Teshigawara) presenting work alongside less-known companies, such as in 2010’s Outspoken weekend.

In 2014 Alias opened the Hippodrome's festival season with Sideways Rain, a hypnotic and powerful depiction of man's evolution which set the artistic standard for a critically acclaimed IDFB 2014. Tempest Replica gained national press attention as Kidd Pivot's only performance outside London, whilst Warwick Art's Centre welcomed Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in a thrilling Stravinski double bill. 

For younger audiences, the best of the world’s dance for children and their families is presented, bringing the next generation of dance fans into the festival fold. Séquence 8 (2014) astounded audiences with the are-inspiring acrobatics and playful physicality of Les Sept Doigts de la Main at Birmingham Rep. Also in 2014, New Adventures & Re:Bourne's extraordinary chilling and beautiful adaptation of the classic novel, Lord of the Flies served as an inspiration to a generation of new audiences.

In Protein's Border Tales, choreographer and Dancexchange Associate Artist Luca Silvestrini brought together an international group of dancers for a performance combined with dialogue and live music. First time visitors, Aerites represented Greece in their high energy and edgy performance of Planites. Widely recognised as one of the worlds greatest dancers, Sylvie Guillem's much anticipated return to IDFB in 6000 Miles was a festival highlight for many fans. 

The 2014 festival celebrated a new generation of artists and regional talent with comissions from two of Birmingham Royal Ballet's young choreographers, Alexander Whitley and Kit Holder for Three Short Works in an evening which delighted innovation-seekers alongsided lovers of traditional ballet. 


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