Dance to the City - International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014

2014 marks the fourth Biennial International Dance Festival, one of the largest dance festivals in Europe, with four weeks of dance bringing Birmingham to life in it's streets, squares and theatres.  The festival co-produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome features a mix of world-class performers, premieres, traditional venues and social dance events with 2014 introducing a weekly 'paint the town red' series of social dance events open to all with spaces across the city opening up to host gatherings such as a Brazilian street party or midnight tango milonga.

A short video trailer to the 2014 festival is shown below:

The Hippodrome will be hosting Sylvie Guillem, Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin Convention, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s m¡longa, as well as New Adventures and RE:Bourne's new production of Lord of the Flies, Swiss Company Alias’s Sideways Rain, and Vancouver’s Kidd Pivot led by Crystal Pite will perform Tempest Replica;

The following video on RE:Bourne's production of Lord of the Flies from the Glasgow production of 2011,, gives a tantalising taste of what looks to be one of many highlights of the festival.


In an exciting new relationship for IDFB 2014, the festival will work for the first time with Birmingham's renowned Symphony Hall to create Concert Danse; an ambitious reimagining of Durufle's Requiem performed by Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra alongside Québécois Dance Company Cas Public and a talented cast of over 50 UK musicians and dancers. This unique production on Friday 2 May will combine incredible live music with evocative dance to create an ethereal, haunting atmosphere, transforming Symphony Hall as never before.

Following on the success of the previous festivals in 2008, 2010 and 2012 the social dance events in this years festival look to reach an even wider audience and build on engaging with rich mix of residents and visitors.

Artistic Director of DanceXchange and Co-Artistic Director of IDFB 2014, David Massingham said “This IDFB will continue to build on the successes of our previous three festivals, reaching wider and new audiences for dance by presenting work in innovative ways and creating new opportunities to participate. IDFB 2014 will showcase some of Birmingham’s finest venues, and gives DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome the opportunity to present a wide range of innovative and entertaining dance.”

Festival Listings reproduced from:

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 AprilBirmingham Royal Ballet // Triple BillThe Crescent Theatre
Sat 26 AprilMY Dance FestivalRuddock Hall
Sat 26 AprilPaint the Town Red (Midnight Milonga)Venue TBC
Tues 29 – Wed 30 AprilFabulous Beast // The Rite of Spring & PetrushkaWarwick Arts Centre
Tues 29 – Wed 30 AprilAlias // Sideways RainBirmingham Hippodrome
Fri 2 – Sat 3 MayKidd Pivot // Tempest ReplicaBirmingham Hippodrome
Fri 2 MayConcert Dansé (World Premiere)Symphony Hall
Sun 4 MayPaint the Town Red (Swingamajig)Venue TBC
Tues 6 – Wed 7 MayMickael ‘Marso’ Riviere // Double Bill (World Premiere)DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre
Tues 6 – Wed 7 MaySylvie Guillem // 6000 Miles AwayBirmingham Hippodrome
Thurs 8 – Sat 10 MayLes 7 Doigts de la Main – Séquence 8Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Fri 9 – Sat 10 MayAakash Odedra // Double Bill (World Premiere)DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre
Tues 13 – Sat 17 MayLuca Silvestrini’s Protein // Border TalesDanceXchange, The Patrick Centre
Wed 14 – Sat 17 MayNew Adventures // Lord of the FliesBirmingham Hippodrome
Sat 17 MayPaint the Town Red (Footwork)Venue TBC
Tues 20 – Wed 21 MayBreakin ConventionBirmingham Hippodrome
Wed 21 – Sat 24 MayB-Town (World Premiere)Victoria Square
Fri 23 – Sat 24 MaySidi Larbi Cherkaoui // m¡longaBirmingham Hippodrome
Sat 24 MayPaint the Town Red (Capoeira)Venue TBC

The International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, also known as IDFB, website provides more information:


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