In theatres, IDFB has commissioned new work from international artists such as Garry Stewart, and Jessica Lang for Birmingham Royal Ballet, and commissioned and premiered work from a range of world-class dance artists, including Akram Khan and Rosie Kay.
Outdoor work was a main focus for IDFB 2016; wanting to attract new and wider audiences, producing brand new work for FREE. Corey Baker Dance took on the challenge with his debut of Phone Box. He took the old fashioned, out of date phone box and his dancer, Ben Jones, leased some new life into the British icon with acrobatics, physicality and a whole lot of comedy! IDFB were also proud to commission work by ZoieLogic Dance Theatre with their never-before-seen piece, RIDE. This vibrant, versatile piece focused on the theme of travelling - as three young strangers told their stories.
A main headliner of the festival was the never-to be-forgotten Centenary Square Live Nights. A 4 day show -stopper of free entertainment containing headliners such as: Aakash Odedra, Spider Salah, the unforgettable Rinôçérôse and Rachel Maybank - playing the iconic 'Robot Lady' as part of The Machine Show. The live outdoor concert was enjoyed by all, and festivities and fun was apparent all around.
In 2014 Birmingham born Aakash Odedra, one of the most sought-after British dancers presented two astonishing new works on the Patrick Centre stage. Collaborating with digital stars Ars Electronica Futurelab, Murmur explored themes related to expression and dyslexia through visual design, light, sound and movement while Inked examined tattoos and sacrification as marks of identity and experience.
Another world premiere from 2014 was Company Decalage's highly anticipated double bill. Celebrated Midlands based choreographer Mickael "Marso" Riviere joined forces with Guy Nader (Lebanon/Barcelona) and Salah El Brogy (Egypt/London) for two brand new duets.
Hofesh Shechter and Tamsin Fitzgerald’s Watch This Space in 2008, Luca Silvestrini’s On Display (2008) and (In)visible Dancing (2010), Arthur Pita’s Utopia (2010) and, most recently, Wings of Desire and Spill in 2012 have all brought the city streets alive with movement and, in many cases, gone on to have lives as touring works.
IDFB's major outdoor spectacular for 2014 was the hip-hop happening B-Town where pioneering performers in the form of World B-Boy Champions Morning of Owl from Korea, King Charles star of the Chicago footwork scene and London based Plague, alongside Birmingham's own Dance Nuvo. Free pop-up events including A Haka Day Out and Headphones, both under the direction of International Resident Choreographer Corey Baker reinforced the festivals reputation for surprising audiences through interactive outdoor work.
In 2012, DanceXchange led the production of The Impending Storm, a new integrated dance piece bringing together disabled and non-disabled performers including the UK’s David Toole and Lucy Hind and South Africa’s Remix Dance Company, under the direction Mark Storor.
Concert Dansé was a unique cross-artform collaboration from Birmingham's leading chamber choir Ex Cathedra, Québécois dance company Cas Public and a cast of UK performers transforming the Syphony Hall into a new IDFB 2014 venue.
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
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.
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…
Shun Ito, Kei Miyata & Ex Easter Island Head
In a Landscape
A live performance unlike any other, this dynamic new piece incorporating Ito’s installation Cells, will combine hypnotic electronic sounds played live…
International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 is delighted to present the world premiere of Concert Dansé.
Match & Halfway To The Other Side
Company Decalage present this highly anticipated world premiere double bill.
IDFB 2014 sees pioneering performers from the world of street dance brought together in a show stopping new production, B-Town.
Aakash Odedra Company
Murmur & Inked
A new double bill from Aakash Odedra - one of the most sought after British choreographer/dancers today.
(In)visible / Visible Dancing - Finale
Visible Dancing was a unique outdoor spectacle of dance expressions that reflected and celebrated the rich mix of Birmingham’s street life.
Bare Bones in Action
Join DanceXchange’s very own dance company for exclusive previews of its new show featuring work by internationally celebrated choreographers Rui Horta…
Akram Khan Company & National Ballet of China
Joining forces with the National Ballet of China and award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney, Akram Khan has created a company of eight dancers from different…
Dancing the Waterways
As performances in Birmingham’s top cultural venues come and go through the four weeks of the Festival, IDFB will also be taking dance to the West Midlands…
Emio Greco l PC & Rosie Kay
A one off chance to see Italian hot ticket Greco dancing in this unique pairing of talents.
An IDFB 2012 Commission
Home is a bold, inventive new production that will animate public spaces across Birmingham city centre.
Italian choreographer Luca Silvestrini brings a series of specially commissioned dance pieces to your favourite high street stores.
Spill - a playground of dance
Highly playful and physical, and at times teasingly comical – this is a cheeky dance celebration of the child within.
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…
Charged and vibrant, this folkloric celebration is a brand new commission for our 2010 Festival.
Hofesh Shechter and 2Faced Dance Company
Watch This Space!
Using multiple stages and piled up cars set in and around the waterfall and statues of Victoria Square, a cast of 15 men and 5 women defy gravity in a…
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…