Centenary Square becomes a stage from 5 – 14 June, a place for people to watch dance, be inspired, and join in with workshops and demonstrations. The Festival opens on 5 June with Apaches an explosion of dance and movement styles from Contemporary and Hip-Hop to Ballet, Kathak and Martial Arts and Gymnastics, performed by 150 young people from across the region led by SaÏdo Lehlouh of Company Black Sheep (France) and a team of professional West Midlands dance artists. Apaches is produced by DanceXchange for BIDF and co-commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome.  

The opening weekend is a celebration of dance entitled Birmingham Dances. With workshops and demonstrations of Swing, Cuban Salsa, Vogue and disco along with a youth and community programme representing the diversity of Birmingham and the region, audiences can take to the dance floor as well enjoy seeing some of the best of the region’s talent.  

Highlights include the UK Premiere of Moving Sounds a live music and dance show from Reuben Chi (Netherlands), and Folk Dance Remixed (UK) offering audiences the opportunity to join in a Maypole dance and ceilidh. Simple Cypher (UK), who were hugely popular in BIDF 2018, present their latest work Roll Playblurring the boundaries between hip-hop and circus.  

From 8 – 11 June Midlands Made returns with local professional artists taking over the Centenary Square stage. BIDF 2020 is working with regional partners including Birmingham Dance Network and Sampad to programme four themed days covering Contemporary, Hip-Hop, African-Caribbean and South Asian styles. 

The second weekend, 12 – 14 June, will see a mix of UK and international talent showcasing the best of outdoor dance work.  From the UK, companies include Extended Play, 2Faced Dance and the UK Premiere of Humanhood’s new work Sphera.  Internationally the festival will present two UK Premieres from Foco alAire (Mexico) and Company Furinkai (France) who present Mind the Gap a mesmerising tour de force as dancers balance precariously on a constantly morphing unstable structure. Other highlights are Conseències by Cia Moveo (Spain)an ironic and joyful play on the possibility of being out of step, and Zum-Zum Theatre (Spain) with Hippos featuring charming, huge inflatable animals. 

For more information on our programme, go here