BIDF seeks to open new up conversations, provoke new thinking and provide inspiring new opportunities for artists and students.

BIDF offers a great variety of workshops, classes and lectures with regional and international artists ranging from a morning technique class to an all-day development workshop.

The programme is for:

* Dance practitioners

* Choreographers

* Dance & Movement Academics

* Performance Artists

* Arts Students

* Creative Industries professionals

* Architecture students (Rui Horta, James Batchelor)

* Digital Artists (Gilles Jobin)

These classes can be bought individually online or on the door for £6, or pay £45 and have access to the full professional programme (including Candoco Development Day). Book the £45 professional pass below and please email [email protected] with your selection of classes. 

The BIDF Workshops and classes are supported by Dance Hub Birmingham.

Date and Time Programme Space Price
4 June / 10.00 - 12.00 Gilles Jobin VR_I Gowling Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
5 June / 9.30 - 11.00 Rebecca Randall Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
6 June / 9.30 - 11.00 Marso Riviere Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
6 June / 19.30 - 21.00 Matthew Lambden  Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
7 June / 9.30 - 11.00 Johnny Autin  Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
8 June / 9.30 - 11.00  Marso Riviere Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
13 June / 9.30 - 11.30 Salon Bham! / Kerry Nicholls Midlands Art Centre £6.00
13 June / 13.00 - 14.30 Salon Bham! / Stuart Waters Midlands Art Centre £6.00
13 June / 19.30 - 21.00 Nathan Lafayette Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
14 June / 10.30 - 11.30 Candoco Dancexchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
14 June / 13.30 - 15.30 Rui Horta DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
15 June / 10.00 - 16.00 Candoco Dancer Development Day DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £15.00
19 June / 13.30 - 15.00 Colette Sadler DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
20 June / 10.00 - 11.30  James Batchelor DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
20 June / 19.30 - 21.00 Marcia Edwards DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome £6.00
21 June / 10.00 - 12.00 James Batchelor Quantum Exhibition Space



Gilles Jobin / 4 June (10.00 - 12.00)

Contemporary dance offers an ideal field for the artistic exploration of new imaging technologies. In this lecture Gilles Jobin will present the creative process behind his recent virtual works, the 3D movie WOMB and VR_I the immersive virtual reality piece presented at BIDF. Based on his recent experience with immersive volumetric technologies he will share with the participants his vision about the new digital territories for dance. We recommend that participants also attend the experience VR_I beforehand in order to gain the most out of the lecture.

Dance with Midlands Made Artists / 5-8 June (9.30 - 11.00)

Morning professional classes led by artists from Birmingham and the Midlands participating in Midlands made programme. Featuring Rebecca Randall, Marso Riviere, Johnny Autin and Marso Riviere.

Kerry Nicholls as part of Salon Bham! / 13 June (9.30 - 11.30)

Within both a rigorous and nurturing environment, this class utilises Kerry’s coaching, reflection and teaching techniques. Using the foundations of Limon technique, Kerry's class is fast-paced, energetic and athletically demanding and promotes genuine professional development training. This person-centred experience empowers the participant by inspiring confidence and honing skills that can be applied after the class itself. This is part of Salon Bham. If you are interested in attending the whole event please buy your ticket here with the class included in the price. 

Stuart Waters as part of Salon Bham! / 13 June (13.00 - 14.30)

A creative and improvisational workshop led by Stuart Waters and based on the devising processes used in Rock Bottom dance theatre programme. If you are interested in attending the whole event please buy your ticket here with the class included in the price.

Candoco / 14 June (10.30 - 11.30)

Join Candoco Dance Company for professional morning class led by Candoco’s Rehearsal Director, Susanna Recchia. This class is suitable for disabled and non-disabled dancers

Rui Horta / 14 June (13.30 - 15.30)

The internationally reputed Portuguese artist and choreographer, Rui Horta, performs Wasp on 15th – 16th June as part of BIDF. The masterclass invites all curious participants to look at the concepts and theories that influenced his work. Specifically you will be exploring together the space and body as a common ground for operating in the arts. He is looking an inhabited space as both territory and playground, a platform for an artistic creation. As the space is shrinking in contemporary societies, the body is in a conflict.

Candoco Dancer Development Day / 15 June (10.00 - 16.00)

Led by Candoco Dance Company, this Dancer Development Day will explore the company’s newest work Face In by Yasmeen Godder and offer an inclusive space for participants to play, make, discuss practice and exchange with Candoco’s company dancers. This day is designed for disabled and non-disabled dancers, artists and students at various stages in their careers. For more information and to book to see here

Colette Sadler / 19 June (13.30 - 15.00)

In their workshop, Colette Sadler and Leah Marojevic offer an insight into the choreographic research around the protagonist figure in "Learning from the Future", the fictional BODY A. After a movement warm-up, the participants will explore ways in which movement can articulate notions of a future body and work with choreographic tools and approaches that were used in the process of creating the work. This workshop is aimed at professional contemporary dancers.

James Batchelor / 20 June (10.00 - 11.30)

As part of his presentation of DEEPSPACE in BIDF, Australian choreographer and performer James Batchelor will lead a contemporary dance class for professional and advanced level dancers. The class will be an introduction to the physical and technical ideas that underpin James’ practice and idiosyncratic style of movement. James will guide participants through a series of short exercises dealing particularly with weight, balance and pressure, culminating in an extended movement phrase. 

James Batchelor / 21 June (10.00 - 12.00)

This workshop will give an insight into the fascinating creative process behind James Batchelor and Collaborator’s DEEPSPACE. It will begin with a lecture / demonstration in which James will introduce participants to a physical mapping process he developed as part of a research expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald Islands in 2016. It is centred on the idea of an encounter with the unknown; a bodily sensing and scanning of space through touch. He will then guide participants to explore this process in their own bodies. The workshop is aimed at dance makers and/or those interested in working with the physical language of the body and its translation to other mediums.

Midlands Made and DanceXchange Resident Teachers / 6, 13 & 20 June (19.30 - 21.00)

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