Dance festival to return to Birmingham

Published: 30 April 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Chotto Xenos by the Akram Khan Company Credit: Jean Louis Fernandez

Birmingham International Dance Festival is to return in 2021 with an online summer edition featuring film world premières and digital commissions followed by an autumn edition with a live outdoor programme.

The festival, in its seventh year, is starting an online platform, BIDF TV which will broadcast the world première of dance film Chotto Xenos by the Akram Khan Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new short film The Burning Building by Javier de Frutos and the first screening of City of a Thousand Trades choreographed by Miguel Altunaga, which will receive its live world première at Birmingham REP before the broadcast.

The summer edition will also stage a programme for dance professionals from across the world and the première of a youth participation dance and digital project, Beyond Borders.

Produced by Birmingham-based dance organisation DanceXchange, Birmingham International Dance Festival is said to be the largest dance festival in the UK and takes over the city’s theatres, galleries and multiple outdoor spaces.

The summer edition will run from Thursday 3 until Sunday 3 June, while the autumn festival will take place from Tuesday 21 September until Sunday 3 October.