International Dance Festival Birmingham – highlights

Corey Baker Dance presents PHONE BOX across Birmingham's city centre during IDFB 2016 - photography by Dani Bower

The return of the fifth award-winning biennial International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2016) will see venues, streets and squares across the city and beyond welcome one of the world’s biggest celebrations of dance.  IDFB 2016 runs from 1 – 22 May, featuring world premieres and new commissions over three amazing weeks.

Highlights include:

  • an exciting new development for IDFB, Centenary Square LIVE NIGHTS (11-14 May) will feature the world première of The Machine Show, a FREE outdoor spectacular, with dancer and choreographer Melanie Lomoff (France) and hip-hop sensation Salah (France), headlined with live music by cult band rinôçérôse (France).
  • FREE world premieres of two new touring works, Corey Baker Dance’s Phone Box and ZoieLogic Dance’s Ride. Both winners of DanceXchange’s Big Idea commissioning strand and commissioned and produced by DanceXchange.
  • Birmingham Repertory Theatre will present Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother (13 – 14 May), the only UK performance Political Mother this year.
  • Carlos Acosta’s A Classical Farewell at Birmingham Hippodrome (5 – 7 May), which having sold out two nights has seen a third night added to the run.
With a range of styles from contemporary, classical, hip hop and flamenco, to a special three day South Asian focused programme, two international conferences and a Festival Hub in the iconic Municipal Bank, IDFB 2016 promises to get Birmingham dancing again.
You can download the full brochure here: