Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) 2018, will bring the best of international dance to the city and provide a platform for local talent to shine. The programme will excite and delight a wide range of audiences and participants, inspiring local people, and attracting visitors to the city. BIDF celebrates Birmingham as a young, diverse city, a place where anything is possible, where the extraordinary happens in the most unexpected spaces.
The Midlands Made commissions are a new strand for BIDF 2018 supported by West Midlands Railways and Dance Hub Birmingham. The investment through Midlands Made creates employment, exposure and new creative challenges for artists – and is an important part of DanceXchange’s work to nurture talent and motivate artists to live and work in the region.
The Midlands Made commissions will take over Festival Square from 4-8 June. The commissioned artists creating new work include:
Andy Ingamells with Make each face a living note. Andy is a Birmingham-based interdisciplinary artist who develops unusual methods of musical composition that blur the line between composer and performer.
Rebecca Thomas with Every Body Has A Story To Tell. Rebecca is as a choreographer in Birmingham theatres and communities and is a winner of DanceXchange's Choreographer Award. She sees dance as an expression of the individual and of shared stories contained in the physical body.
Mickael Marso Riviere with T-Break/Appel #2. Northampton-based Marso, is the artistic director of Midlands based dance company Decalage, which has created work rooted in contemporary and street-dance styles for over 10 years. He is also an Artistic Director of B-Side Hip Hop Festival.
Find out more about the programme at www.bidf.co.uk, download the brochure or Find us on facebook, twitter and instagram @BhamDanceFest