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A world of dance in one city

DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome officially launch

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014

“A major player on the arts-festival circuit”

Luke Jennings, Observer May 2012

The countdown is now underway for one of Europe’s largest dance festivals - International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 (IDFB) . In less than three months’ time, this award-winning biennial celebration of dance, now in its fourth year, returns to the city from Thursday 24 April 2014 Sunday 25 May for over four weeks of world premieres, unique collaborations, community events, outdoor spectacles and world-class performances.

With more theatre shows than in previous years, featuring some of the biggest names in dance, and some of the most hotly tipped rising choreographic stars IDFB 2014 will showcase the best international dance in venues and outdoor spaces across the buzzing festival city of Birmingham.

The festival kicks off with the city’s very own Birmingham Royal Ballet, who will present two mixed bills at the Crescent Theatre (Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 April) celebrating both the old and the new. Heritage pieces by one of the choreographic greats of the twentieth century, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous and Façade, will be performed alongside World Premieres by two of the UK’s up and coming choreographic stars. BRB dancer Kit Holder returns to the festival following his 2012 choreographic debut, with the first performances of his Quatrain; and former BRB dancer and Affiliate Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and New Wave Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Alexander Whitley presents his brand new piece Kin.

In keeping with the festival’s spirit of forging new partnerships and bringing together all that is great about the city, IDFB 2014 welcomes a brand new collaboration with Birmingham’s Symphony Hall with Concert Dansé (Friday 2 May). This ambitious reimagining of Duruflé’s Requiem brings together - on one stage - the prominent Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra alongside the formidable Québécois dance company Cas Public and a talented cast of over 50 UK musicians and dancers. This one-off and exciting new collaborative production – featuring guest artists – will transform this renowned concert venue as never before.

IDFB 2014 highlights from Festival co-producer Birmingham Hippodrome include Swiss company Alias’ mesmerising Sideways Rain and Vancouver’s Kidd Pivot led by Crystal Pite (Sadler’s Wells’ newest Associate Artist), whose company perform her Shakespeare-inspired The Tempest Replica. Celebrated names also include the world renowned dancer Sylvie Guillem, Sadler’s Wells’ acclaimed international festival of hip hop dance theatre Breakin Convention, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui whose new work m¡longa takes a modern approach to Argentine tango. Finally, Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed New Adventures and RE:Bourne bring a new production of Lord of the Flies to Birmingham Hippodrome featuring talented local young performers.

IDFB co-producer DanceXchange is delighted to host two additional festival world premieres at its studio venue, The Patrick Centre. A rising star of South Asian Dance, Aakash Odedra Company’s brand new solo show Murmur and Inked features the sounds and music of one of the world’s leading digital arts organisations, Austria’s Ars Electronica Futurelab. Also premiering at The Patrick Centre is Midlands based choreographer Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere whose Company Decalage presents a brand new double bill featuring two exceptional talents: Lebanese choreographer, actor and dancer Guy Nader and extraordinary Egyptian performer and choreographer Salah El Brogy. Completing The Patrick Centre line up, DanceXchange Associate Artist Luca Silvestrini comes to town for five nights as part of his UK tour with his company Protein’s new show, Border Tales; and Greek company, Aerites bring their high-octane street culture-inspired Planites to IDFB for the first time.

IDFB is delighted that one of the city’s leading theatres, Birmingham Repertory Theatre is hosting the Canadian circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main’s new show Séquence 8, the theatre’s inaugural dance event since it re-opened in 2013. This show will delight family audiences with truly awe inspiring acrobatics.

Additional Festival highlights include Irish company Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre who perform their own version of The Rite of Spring & Petrushka at Warwick Arts Centre. This year, the festival also includes the opportunity to celebrate the best of the Midlands’ youth dance companies at MY (Midlands Youth) Dance Festival in the festival’s opening weekend at Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston.

Also new for IDFB 2014 is a weekly opportunity to paint the town red’ with a series of social dance events celebrating a broad range of styles – from swing and lindy-hop to tango, capoeira, jazz fusion and house. Spaces across Birmingham will throw open their doors throughout the festival to host weekly public gatherings such as a Swing Dance Day, a Brazilian street party, a midnight tango milonga and a footwork fusion dance night. As part of his international residency for IDFB 2014 New Zealand choreographer Corey Baker will work with members of the public and professional dance artists to perform ‘A Haka day out’, based on the traditional Māori war dance. He can also be seen on the streets of Birmingham City Centre performing his comical dance solo Headphones.

Concluding this year’s IDFB over four nights is B-Town a major, free outdoor spectacle where pioneering performers from the world of street dance will transform Victoria Square. This electric new production features explosive dance from World B-Boy Champions Morning of Owl (Korea) and an all star line-up from Funkstylerz UK collective brought to you by ProDance.

Artistic Director of DanceXchange and Co-Artistic Director of IDFB 2014, David Massingham said: “We are thrilled to premiere so much new work in IDFB 2014 and to feature the work of both hugely established names, such as Sylvie Guillem and Matthew Bourne, in addition to giving a platform to exciting new choreographic talent like Kit Holder and Alexander Whitley, whose dance careers really took off in Birmingham. It is a real testimony to Birmingham and the success of previous festivals, that so many of our city and region-wide venues and organisations want to be a part of IDFB 2014, as hosts and as collaborators. Together we can really show how much culture, passion and talent the Midlands has to offer.”

Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome and Co-Artistic Director of IDFB 2014 added:

“Birmingham really is an influential cultural hub for dance all year round. But in an IDFB year that is felt more keenly as the great range of festival activity spills onto the streets and into unusual spaces and venues capturing new audiences of all ages and from many diverse communities. Since 2008, over four successful and growing festivals, we’ve tried hard with our funding partners to establish IDFB as a major event for Birmingham. With artists, performers and choreographers from South Asia, Austria, Lebanon, Egypt, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Canada, Argentina, Ireland and New Zealand we’re therefore delighted that the City Council now recognises us as a ‘Signature Festival’ for Birmingham as this will help us achieve further ambitious plans in years to come.”

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: International Dance Festival Birmingham is a real highlight in the UK’s cultural calendar. It not only brings new opportunities for artists, dance companies and producers, but attracts huge audiences to the region, benefiting the local economy. This year’s programme promises unique and ambitious productions, but what I think will be really exciting are the new opportunities for people to take part in social dance events. I’m sure there’ll be something everyone will enjoy.”

Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “International Dance Festival Birmingham is now well-established and continues to go from strength to strength. As well as its high profile programme of international performances which reach audiences from far and wide, its outreach programme injects an energy into our communities and enables local people to get fully involved, creating a

sense of excitement across the city. Its role as a major event in the cultural calendar helps to cement Birmingham’s reputation as a Festivals City as well as a centre of excellence for dance, and I am delighted that Birmingham City Council is able to continue to support it in 2014.”

For more information on International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 visit www.idfb.co.uk - which together with 2014 Festival Listings also features a full video and photographic archive of previous years.

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Notes to Editors:

- IDFB 2014 is produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome. The festival will run 24 April – 25 May 2014.

- IDFB 2014 is funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and the European Union via the Investing in the City Region ERDF project managed by Marketing Birmingham.

- Concert Dansé has been supported by the Quebec Government Office, and is sponsored by Brewin Dolphin

- The Copthorne Hotel, Birmingham is the Official Festival Hotel for IDFB 2014.

- BBC WM and What’s On are IDFB 2014 media partners.

- DanceXchange (dx) is a power house of dance with excellence, innovation, education and inclusion at its heart – and is part of the largest dance partnership in Britain. dx takes the best British dance to a worldwide stage and brings outstanding artists from across the world to Birmingham. dx is also a producing house; it produces innovative site-specific commissions and large-scale performance events in both professional and community contexts, co-produces a range of touring productions, and develops work for theatres and for outdoor places and unusual spaces. dx also engages people from all backgrounds in healthy dance activity, and nurtures gifted young people to help shape the dance artists of the future.

- Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent, not-for-profit, registered charity. The unsubsidised Hurst Street venue averages over 500,000 visits annually making it the most popular single auditorium in the UK. Its partners include Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange, it presents all of Welsh National Opera’s repertoire, it welcomes the best in international dance, West End and Broadway musicals and is home to the world’s biggest Pantomime. Birmingham Hippodrome sells more seats for dance than any other theatre outside London.

- Hippodrome Plus is the theatre’s newly expanded portfolio of activities in education, access and FREE performance. This builds on years of successful work in schools and in the community. With partners including Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and private funders, the Hippodrome has recently enjoyed co-producing and producing new events including Six Summer Saturdays, International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Voyage (for the London 2012 Festival) and Summer in Southside. On behalf of Birmingham Arts Partnership, the Hippodrome produced the 4 Squares Weekender, varied performances in celebration of the opening of the Library of Birmingham.

- Venues hosting IDFB 2014 include Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, Symphony Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, Victoria Square and the streets of Birmingham city centre.

- IDFB first took place in 2008 and saw almost 25,000 people watch over 60 performances. IDFB 2010 provided over 66,000 audience and participatory experiences with 48 ticketed performances and 101 free performances. IDFB 2012 achieved audiences of over 60,000 with estimated economic impact of £5.6 million.

 

 

IDFB PRESS NIGHTS*

 

EVENT:           Birmingham Royal Ballet // Three Short Works (World Premiere)
DATE:             Thursday 24 April
VENUE:          The Crescent Theatre,Sheepcote St, B16 8AE
TIME:              7.30pm

 

EVENT:           Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre // The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
DATE:             Tuesday 29 April
VENUE:          Warwick Arts Centre,University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, CV4 7AL
TIME:              7.30pm

 

EVENT:           Alias // Sideways Rain
DATE:             Tuesday 29 April
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome,Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm

 

EVENT:           Kidd Pivot // The Tempest Replica
DATE:             Friday 2 May
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm
 
EVENT:           Concert Dansé (World Premiere)
DATE:             Friday 2 May
VENUE:          Symphony Hall,Broad St, B1 2EA
TIME:              7.30pm

 

EVENT:           Sylvie Guillem // 6000 miles away
DATE:             Tuesday 6May
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome,Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm
 
EVENT:           Aakash Odedra Company // Murmur & Inked (World Premiere)
DATE:             Tuesday 6 May
VENUE:          The Patrick Centre,DanceXchange,Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TB
TIME:              8.00pm
 
EVENT:           Les 7 Doigts de la Main // Séquence 8
DATE:             Thursday 8 May
VENUE:          Birmingham Repertory Theatre,  
TIME:              7.30pm
 
EVENT:           Company Decalage // Match & Halfway to the Other Side (World Premiere)
DATE:             Friday 9 May
VENUE:          The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TB
TIME:              8.00pm
 
EVENT:           Luca Silvestrini’s Protein // Border Tales
DATE:            Tuesday 13 May
VENUE:          The Patrick Centre,DanceXchange,Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TB
TIME:              8.00pm
 
EVENT:           New Adventure & Re:Bourne // Lord of the Flies
DATE:             Wednesday 14May
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm
 
EVENT:           Breakin’ Convention
DATE:             Tuesday 20 May
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm
 
EVENT:           B-Town (World Premiere)
DATE:             Thursday 22 May
VENUE:          Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre, B1 1BD
TIME:              9.30pm
 
EVENT:           Aerites //Planites
DATE:             Thursday 22 May
VENUE:          The Patrick Centre, DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TB
TIME:              8.00pm
 
EVENT:           Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui // M¡longa
DATE:             Friday 23 May
VENUE:          Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst St, Southside, B5 4TB
TIME:              7.30pm

 

*Press nights take place on the opening nights of each event – Please let us know asap which dates and performances you wish to attend.

If you wish to attend but are unable to make the first night - we are very happy to organise tickets for any other performance. Please see listings for additional dates and times of the individual shows.

We are happy to help with travel and accommodation

For tickets/images and press travel assistance:

Rachel Furst PR 07957 457668 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 Listings

Birmingham Royal Ballet // Three Short Works
Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 April // 7.30pm & 2.30pm (Saturday)
The Crescent Theatre

£16-£19/ Under 25s £11

Suitable for all ages

0121 643 5858 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/brb

Paint The Town Red // Argentine Tango Intensive

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 April //
Midnight Milonga Saturday 26 April //

8pm-1am // Blue Ice Plaza, Solihull

 

DanceXchange and Dance4 // MY (MIDLANDS YOUTH) Dance Festival
Saturday 26 April // 7pm
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre
£9/£7 concessions
Suitable for all ages
 
Alias // Sideways Rain
Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm
Birmingham Hippodrome
£10-£20 //concessions available
Suitable for ages 12+// contains nudity
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/alias
 
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre // The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
£16-£22/ Under 26s £11
Suitable for ages 16 + // contains nudity, sexual imagery and smoking
024 7652 4524 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/fabulousbeast
 
Corey Baker Dance // Headphones
Wednesday 30 April – Sunday 4 May // Birmingham High Street & City Centre
Free Outdoor event
Suitable for all ages
Concert Dansé
Friday 2 May // 7.30pm
Symphony Hall
£14.50-£29.50 plus transaction fee// Concessions available
Suitable for all ages
0121 345 0603 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/concertdanse
 
Kidd Pivot // The Tempest Replica
Friday 2 – Saturday 3 May // 7.30pm
Birmingham Hippodrome
£10-£20// concessions available
Suitable for ages 12+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/tempest
 
Paint The Town Red // Swing Dance Day Saturday 3 May // Digbeth
(in association with Electric Swing Circus)
& Swingamajig
Sunday 4 May // 2pm-5am // Boxxed, Digbeth
 
A Sadler’s Wells Sylvie Guillem Production // 6000 miles away
Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 7.30pm
Birmingham Hippodrome
£20 - £39.50 // concessions available
Suitable for ages 12+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/6000
 
Aakash Odedra Company // Murmur & Inked
Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 8pm
DanceXchange, Patrick Centre,Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/murmur
 
Les 7 Doigts de la Main // Séquence 8
Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 May // 7.30pm & 2pm (Saturday)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
£12-£20// concessions available
Suitable for all ages
0121 236 4455 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/sequence

Company Decalage // Match & Halfway to The Other Side
Friday 9 – Saturday 10 May // 8pm
DanceXchange, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/decalage

Corey Baker Dance //
A Haka Day Out
Saturday 10 May // Birmingham City Centre
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for all ages

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein // Border Tales
Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May // 8pm
DanceXchange, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 12+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/protein
 
New Adventures & Re:Bourne // Lord of the Flies
Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 May // 7.30pm, 2pm (Thursday), 2.30pm (Saturday)
Birmingham Hippodrome
£15-£36// concessions available
Suitable for ages 8+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/newadventures
 
Put Your Foot Down
Saturday 17 May // 12pm-6pm
Bullring, Spiceal Street
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for all ages
 
Paint The Town Red // The Sound of Footwork (in association with brukup!)
Saturday 17 May // 8pm-2am //
Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Suitable for ages 18+
 
A Sadler’s Wells Project // Breakin’ Convention
Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 May // 7.30pm (Foyer Events from 5.30pm)
Birmingham Hippodrome
£9.50 in advance // £15 on the day
Suitable for all ages
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/breakinconvention
 
Aerites // Planites
Thursday 22 – Friday 23 May // 8pm
DanceXchange, Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/aerites
 
A Sadler’s Wells London Production - Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui // m¡longa
Friday 23 – Saturday 24 May // 7.30pm
Birmingham Hippodrome
£12-£28
Suitable for ages 11+
0844 338 5000 or book online www.idfb.co.uk/milonga
 
Candoco Dance Company // studies for c
Saturday 24 May // 2pm & 4pm // The Village Green
(outside The Village Inn, Hurst Street. Access via Sherlock Street.)
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for ages 14+
 
DeNada Dance Theatre // Young Man!
Saturday 24 May // 2.20pm & 4.20pm // The Village Green
(outside The Village Inn, Hurst Street. Access via Sherlock Street)
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for ages 14+

B-Town
Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 May // 9.30pm
Victoria Square
Free Outdoor Event
 
DanceXchange & Shaun Parker Company // Spill: a playground of dance
Sunday 25 May // Cannon Hill Park
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for all ages
 
Paint The Town Red // International Capoeira Festival & Brazilian carnival parade
Friday 23 – Sunday 25 May // mac birmingham
Rebel Spirit: Brazilian Club Night
(in association with Espirito Brum)
Saturday 24 May // 8pm-12am // PST, Digbeth
Suitable for ages 18+

For the full information, including venue addresses and more on ticket prices visit www.idfb.co.uk

 

 

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