Birmingham invited to join in biggest dance fest

For the first time in two years, Birmingham’s annual celebration of contemporary dance returns live in September, this time with an invitation to the public to take part in the city’s streets, squares and public spaces.

Curated by DanceXchange’s Lucie Mirkova, events will take place across the city at locations including, Centenary Square, Digbeth, North Birmingham and in Midlands Arts Centre and Cannon Hill Park. “We can’t wait to be back outdoors featuring thrilling dance performances and to return to venues, finally, after so long” she said. “The programme is really exciting showcasing the amazing creativity of both UK and International artists.  We are delighted to be taking the festival to communities across the city where you can experience amazing dance on your doorstep.  Make sure you’ve got the dates in your diary and look out for more announcements in the coming weeks.”

The largest dance festival in the UK, running from September 21 to October 3, follows a successful online festival in June, now devised to open it out to the community and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, taking in theatres and galleries as well as open spaces.

BIDF 2021 includes two new hip hop commissions as part a partnership with Punch through Gallery37 North. Beyond Borders: We Have A Choice is a live dance sequel to the film Beyond Borders made earlier this year with over 130 young dancers in the West Midlands. There are free public dance classes covering every style from hip hop to flamenco, and a schools workshop programme. And a highlight will be the world premiere of Mariposa by DeNada Dance Theatre, a queer opera dance-drama inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

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