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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Dance the month away with spectacular festival
The Midlands will come alive with dance fever as the award-winning International Dance Festival Birmingham returns for its fourth time and features sizzling premieres, performers from around the world and free social dance events.

As one of Europe's biggest dance festivals, it culminates in dance shows performed not just in theatres but in the streets of Birmingham and surrounding areas.

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A celebration of dance comes to Birmingham and includes Lord of the Flies


International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) takes place from April 24 to May 25. Venues this year are not only across central Birmingham, but also include Warwick Arts Centre.

It offers something for every dance fan with highlights including:

A festival opener of two mixed bills by Birmingham Royal Ballet

These include world premieres of new works by young, emerging choreographers - Kit Holder's Quatrain and Alexander Whitley's Kin. The new routines will be performed alongside classics of Sir Frederick Ashton's Le Rendezvous and Façade between April 24 and 26 April at the Crescent Theatre.

Symphony Hall spectacular

Symphony Hall joins the list of venues for the first time and will house a performance of Concert Dansé on May 2. This is a reimagining of Duruflé's Requiem by Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra alongside Québécois dance company Cas Public.

Lord of the Flies performance

Internationally acclaimed New Adventures and RE:Bourne unveil a new production of Lord of the Flies at Birmingham Hippodrome. The show directed by acclaimed Matthew Bourne will feature a cast of young performers from the Midlands.

Weekly 'paint the town red' social dance events

These weekly free social dance sessions are open to everyone and will focus on everything from swing and lindy-hop to tango, capoeira, jazz fusion and house. Audiences will be treated to a Swing Dance Day, a Brazilian street party, a midnight tango milonga and a footwork fusion dance night.

Four night free outdoor finale

A four night free outdoor finale called B-Town will bring the festival to a close in Victoria Square. It sees international and pioneering performers from the worlds of street dance and music unite to present a b-boy dance spectacular battling across multiple stages in the square. World B-Boy Champions Morning of Owl, from Korea, and an all star line-up from Funkstylerz UK collective feature.

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Milonga is part of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014


Among a multitude of international dance attractions, there will be a performance of Sideways Rain by Swiss Company Alias, while Vancouver's Kidd Pivot led by Crystal Pite perform the Shakespeare inspired Tempest Replica.

There is also Sadler's Wells' Breakin Convention and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's new work m¡longa, which is a contemporary take on Argentine tango.

Legendary French female ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem also returns for a performance of 6000 miles. Irish company Fabulous Beast also performs its own version of The Rite of Spring and Petrushka at Warwick Arts Centre.

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South Asian dancer Aakash Odedra brings his solo show to Birmingham


Elsewhere, in DanceXchange's studio theatre at The Patrick Centre, Luca Silvestrini's Protein explores themes of identity in Border Tales, Mickael 'Marso' Riviere presents a double bill working with Egyptian and Lebanese artists and South Asian dance artist Aakash Odedra premieres a collaboration with one of the world's leading digital arts organisations, Ars Electronica, from Austria.

Canadian circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main perform a new show, Séquence 8, that is perfect for families and full of acrobatics. It will take place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

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From street dance to ballet, the festival has it all


As part of his international residency, IDFB choreographer Corey Baker, from New Zealand, will work with members of the public and professional dance artists to perform a 'Haka day out', based on the traditional Māori war dance. Baker will also be roaming the streets performing his comical dance solo Headphones.

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Breakin Convention is just one of the shows in International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014


Midlands' youth dance companies are not forgotten either as MY (Midlands Youth) Dance Festival also coincides with IDFB at Ruddock Performing Arts Centre at King Edward's School, in Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston.

David Massingham, Co-Artistic Director of IDFB 2014, said: "We are thrilled to premiere so much new work in the festival and to feature the work of both hugely established names, such as Sylvie Guillem and Mathew 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.

"Together we can really show how much culture, passion and talent the Midlands has to offer."

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French ballerina Sylvie Guillem will star in IDFB


International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 - Full Listings

Prices vary for events. For more information visit the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 website.

Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 April // 7.30pm & 2.30pm (Saturday)
Birmingham Royal Ballet // Three Short Works
The Crescent Theatre
£16-£19/ Under 25s £11
Suitable for all ages
0121 643 5858 or book online.

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 April
Paint The Town Red // Argentine Tango Intensive
Midnight Milonga Saturday 26 April //8pm-1am
Blue Ice Plaza, Solihull

Saturday 26 April // 7pm
DanceXchange and Dance4 // MY (MIDLANDS YOUTH) Dance Festival
Ruddock Performing Arts Centre
£9/£7 concessions
Suitable for all ages
0121 472 9585

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm
Alias // Sideways Rain
Birmingham Hippodrome
£10-£20 //concessions available
Suitable for ages 12 // contains nudity
0844 338 5000

Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm
Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre // The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
£16-£22/ Under 26s £11
Suitable for ages 16 // contains nudity, sexual imagery and smoking
024 7652 4524

Wednesday 30 April – Sunday 4 May
Corey Baker Dance // Headphones
Birmingham High Street & City Centre
Free Outdoor event
Suitable for all ages

Friday 2 May // 7.30pm
Concert Dansé
Symphony Hall
£14.50-£29.50 plus transaction fee// Concessions available
Suitable for all ages
0121 345 0603 or book online


Friday 2 – Saturday 3 May // 7.30pm
Kidd Pivot // Tempest Replica
Birmingham Hippodrome
£10-£20// concessions available
Suitable for ages 12
0844 338 5000

Sunday 4 May // 2pm-5am
Paint The Town Red // Swing Dance Day Saturday 3 May // Digbeth
(in association with Electric Swing Circus)
& Swingamajig
Boxxed, Digbeth

Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 7.30pm
Sylvie Guillem // 6000 miles away
Birmingham Hippodrome
£10-£20// concessions available
Suitable for ages 12
0844 338 5000 or book online

Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 8pm
Aakash Odedra Company // Murmur & Inked
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11
0844 338 5000

Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 May // 7.30pm & 2pm (Saturday)
Les 7 Doigts de la Main // Séquence 8
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
£12-£20// concessions available
Suitable for all ages
0121 236 4455

Friday 9 – Saturday 10 May // 8pm
Company Decalage // Match & Halfway to The Other Side
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11
0844 338 5000

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

Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May // 8pm
Luca Silvestrini's Protein // Border Tales
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 12
0844 338 5000

Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 May // 7.30pm, 2pm (Thursday), 2.30pm (Saturday)
New Adventures & Re:Bourne // Lord of the Flies
Birmingham Hippodrome
£15-£36// concessions available
Suitable for ages 8
0844 338 5000 or book online

Saturday 17 May // 12pm-6pm
Put Your Foot Down
Bullring, Spiceal Street
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for all ages

Saturday 17 May // 8pm-2am
Paint The Town Red // The Sound of Footwork (in association with brukup!)
Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Suitable for ages 18

Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 May // 7.30pm (Foyer Events from 5.30pm)
A Sadler's Wells project // breakin' convention
Birmingham Hippodrome
£9.50 in advance // £15 on the day
Suitable for all ages
0844 338 5000 or book online

Thursday 22 – Friday 23 May // 8pm
Aerites // Planites
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
£12/£8
Suitable for ages 11
0844 338 5000

Friday 23 – Saturday 24 May // 7.30pm
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui // m¡longa
Birmingham Hippodrome
£12-£28
Suitable for ages 11
0844 338 5000

Saturday 24 May // 2pm & 4pm
Candoco Dance Company // studies for c
The Village Green (outside The Village Inn, Hurst Street. Access via Sherlock Street.)
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for ages 14

Saturday 24 May // 2.20pm & 4.20pm
DeNada Dance Theatre // Young Man!
The Village Green (outside The Village Inn, Hurst Street. Access via Sherlock Street)
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for ages 14

Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 May // 9.30pm
B-Town
Victoria Square
Free Outdoor Event

Sunday 25 May
DanceXchange & Shaun Parker Company // Spill: a playground of dance
Cannon Hill Park
Free Outdoor Event
Suitable for all ages

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 May
Paint The Town Red // International Capoeira Festival & Brazilian carnival parade
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Saturday 24 May // 8pm-12am
Rebel Spirit: Brazilian Club Night
(in association with Espirito Brum)
PST, Digbeth
Suitable for ages 18
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Why? Spectacular calendar of dance events
When: April 24 to May 25
Phone: 0121 689 3176
Where: Across Birmingham and Warwick
Cost: Varies by event. Many free events
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