Birmingham dance festival returns

Published: 27 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

DeNada Dance Theatre’s Mariposa

Birmingham International Dance Festival is to return outdoors and in venues across the city, and will include the world première of an “operatic dance drama”.

It will be the second BIDF of the year after an online version in June. Produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, the festival will “shine a light on the region’s amazing dance offer, engaging communities and celebrating diversity and inclusivity”.

Lucie Mirkova, head of artistic programmes at DanceXchange and curator at BIDF, said, “we can’t wait to be back outdoors featuring thrilling dance performances and to return to venues after so long.

“The programme is really exciting, showcasing the amazing creativity of both UK and international artists. We’re delighted to be taking the festival to communities across the city where you can experience amazing dance on your doorstep.”

Highlights include the première of operatic dance-drama Mariposa by Carlos Pons Guerra of DeNada Dance Theatre, a transgender tragedy inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, in the Patrick Studio at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The festival will take place in locations across Birmingham including Centenary Square, Digbeth, north Birmingham, the Midlands Arts Centre and Cannon Hill Park. It will run from Tuesday 21 September until Sunday 3 October.

The full programme will be announced shortly and can be viewed at the Birmingham International Dance Festival web site.