Summer dance festival releases digital programme

Published: 23 May 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater with Testament by Matthew Rushing which will be shown at the festival Credit: Travis Magee

The programme for the all-digital summer edition of Birmingham International Dance Festival has been released and contains 18 newly commissioned dance films and more than 70 online events.

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Akram Khan Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be involved in the festival which is produced by Birmingham-based dance organisation DanceXchange and is said to be the largest dance festival in the UK.

The festival will run from Thursday 3 until Sunday 13 June, with most of the screenings available free of charge. The full programme is now available at the BIDF web site.

Lucie Mirkova, head of artistic programmes at DanceXchange and curator of BIDF, said, “it’s been a fantastic experience working on a fully digital programme for the summer edition of BIDF with the aim of bringing a great range of inspiring dance experiences to our audiences.

“We’ve connected with artists from all over the world and explored the remarkable creativity in the genre of screendance. We’ve offered new commissions for dance artists to explore innovative ways to create and present content in the online space.”

The summer digital edition will be followed by an autumn live edition of the festival from Tuesday 21 September until Sunday 3 October.