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Producers of Birmingham International Dance Festival

The full programme for the city’s second International Dance Festival Birmingham which runs from 19th April to 15th May this year, has been confirmed and tickets are now on sale.

Driven by DanceXchange and the Birmingham Hippodrome, IDFB 2010 will see over 70 performances from some of the world’s most exciting groups and choreographers take place across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The festival will showcase over 25 companies from around the world, presenting a spectacular range of dancing styles from ballet and break-dancing to contemporary, ballroom and circus.

Highlights from this year’s festival include an opening performance of ‘L’allegro, il penseroso ed il Moderato’ by the Mark Morris Dance Group alongside the orchestra of the English National Opera in their only UK tour date outside of London. One of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, will be making their Birmingham debut in their first ever UK tour, with guest appearances by Carlos Acosta.

Also taking place during the festival will be a new solo kathak work by acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan, circus performance from C!RCA, daring acrobatics in Comphania de Dança Deborah Colker’s ‘Cruel’ and a dance piece from 17 monks from the Shaolin Temple, China in ‘Sutra’. Strictly Come Dancing – the Professionals will also perform at the Hippodrome as part of the festival.

The world premiere of Rosie Kay Dance Company’s 5 SOLDIERS: The Body is the Frontline,’ will also take place.

This year’s festival line-up also includes ‘Outspoken,’ a weekend of new performances from middle eastern and North African artists, curated by Eckhard Thiemann and featuring a number of UK premieres. Ex-Riverdance star, Birmingham-born Colin Dunne will be returning to the city to present his first full-length solo show ‘Out of Time.’

The festival will also feature a number of free public participation events, including a mass line-dance at the Bullring and a folk dance for the 21st Century, ‘United Colours of Dance’, in Victoria Square.



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