International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 a Huge Success

We can officially announce that International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 was a huge success!

Sideways Rain

Sideways Rain

Co-produced by Birmingham Hippodrome and our partner DanceXchange we welcomed dancers from 18 countries who performed at 19 venues across the city-region and,  over 12,000 people enjoyed 21 performances on the streets!

This year saw audience figures rise with a programme featuring more events than any previous festival.  Truly city wide in scope, nineteen venues helped see attendances at the 43 ticketed performances rocket by 30% from the 2012 festival to over 21,000 people.

The festival was also boosted with the help of our media partner BBC  WM 95.6 who produced a special film #Brummoves  showcasing music and dance from the region.  If you haven’t already you can watch the film here



A very,  big thank you to all the amazing and talented dancers, companies, venues, supporters and of course a special thank you to our audiences for helping to make the 2014 festival so successful – here’s to 2016!

Read the full story on our web site here and find out how you can win £350 in gift vouchers!



Breakin’ Convention line-up revealed!

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

We are so, so excited to welcome Breakin’ Convention back to Birmingham Hippodrome again in 2014, and this year promises one of the best line-ups yet!

The great thing about the show is that the stage is shared by professional hip hop artists from across the globe with the elite of local talent from Birmingham and the West Midlands – giving our local crews the chance to shine in front of 1,800 people each night.

On Tuesday, the local line-up is set to include self-taught all male crew, Antics who were among the finalists in Sky’s Got to Dance; Staffordshire’s Company Elite featuring dancers aged between 9 and 20 plus a duo of performers Marius and Andrei who have developed their work through various Birmingham Hippodrome projects including Jonzi D’s Open Art Surgery last Summer.

Wednesday night will see more home grown highlights including the return of 15 dancers from Birmingham’s Dance Nuvo who have performed at the festival in 2007, 2009 and 2012; Nottingham’s NuProjeks with a crew of 8 performers aged 10-30 and Birmingham’s Jigsaw. Wednesday’s line-up is completed by the incredible Youtube sensation B-Girl Terra from Fallings Park in Wolverhampton. At just 6 years old B-Girl Terra has now gained over 6 million Youtube views after her show-stopping performance at the Pro Chelles international dancing competition in Paris and has been invited to perform on huge popular entertainment programmes including America’s Ellen Degeneres show; take a look at her incredible performance here…

Sharing the stage with Birmingham’s best are renowned hip hop artists from across the globe. Returning after a rave reception in 2012, ILL-Abilities are a company of dancers from across the continents with varying disabilities as they challenge the misconceptions and supposed limits around disability. Wanted Posse head across the channel from France fresh from multi-award winning performances and being hailed as one of the country’s leading and longest running hip hop dance companies. The UK’s Ukweli Roach rounds up the professional line up; having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Ukweli brings his unique brand of hip hop storytelling to the festival.

Don’t miss your chance to see all of these great performers in two nights of ultimate hip hop! Click here for more details and to book.

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Give dance a try for a tenner…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

International Dance Festival Birmingham is now a fixed event in our diaries every two years, one that sees our main stage play host to some of the world’s finest performers and companies; but the great thing is, it’s not for high-brow dance lovers.

Sideways Rain

Sideways Rain

Yes, some of us may be guilty of taking a look at contemporary dance and thinking it’s not for us, but what we want to do is to bring dance to everyone – how can you know until you try it?  For that reason you lucky blog readers can try Sideways Rain by Swiss company Alias or Tempest Replica by Canada’s Kidd Pivot for just a tenner.

Sideways Rain is an incredibly hypnotic piece that sees 14 dancers cross from one side of the stage to the other in ways you have probably never seen before, completely entrancing stuff! Kidd Pivot’s Tempest Replica is a retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest using excellent (and sometimes pretty freaky!) masks, costume design, projection and visual effects – take a look at the video footage below to see what I mean…

So go on, treat yourself to a ticket to some world-class dance for just a tenner – click here for more  info and to book for Sideways Rain and here for Tempest Replica.