IDFB2010 Launch week

Mark Morris Dance Group

Birmingham’s unique year of dance continues with International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010,  which we co-produce with our partner DanceXchange.    

The festival launches this Monday (19 April) at 12.30pm when  four dancers set off from Brindleyplace in a canal barge to travel the region’s waterways, delivering dance performances and workshops as they go.  If you are around at 12.30pm come and watch the send off   (it will take place just by Strada).

Later in the week  (22-24 April) Mark Morris Dance Group (USA) perform on the main stage here at the Hippodrome.   Morris’  L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato opened this week at London’s Coliseum to outstanding reviews from the nationals –  ‘Heavenly from start to finish’ said The Telegraph and ‘Editor’s Choice’ in The Times.  These are the only dates outside the Capital.  

Passers by and theatregoers alike will have the chance to create their own performances and choreography when interacting with our amazing  heat and light  installation situated at the front of Birmingham Hippodrome.   Waves by KMA will be in situ from 22 April – 6 May and will hopefully give rise to some sensational and improptu performances.

Whilst the main stage performances take place,  audiences will be taking their seats in our Patrick Centre studio for Rosie Kay Dance Company presenting the World Premiere of the much anticipated  5 SOLDIERS  The Body is the Frontline (23-24 April).    Over at Ikon Eastside Liquid Loft/Chris Haring presents Running Sushi (23-24 April) with chopstick wielding, high jumping and dance dishes.

For those in Coventry,  Hereford,  Stoke and Straford-Upon-Avon,  keep a look out for some amazing folk dancing coming to your region.

More information can be obtained here

Mandy Rose,

Press & PR Officer

IDFB 2010 is funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council.  The corporate sponsor for the 2010 festival is Brewin Dolphin.  

Additional partners for the festival include media partner BBC WM and accommodations partner Crowne Plaza Birmingham

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