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 He took the old fashioned, out of date phone box and his dancer, Ben Jones, leased some new life into the British icon with acrobatics, physicality and a whole lot of comedy!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’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. 


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