Stories News Big Idea Winners Modern Warrior by Rosie Kay Dance Company and Moon by 2Faced Dance Company will be developed for the International Dance Festival Birmingham 1-24 June 2018. The Big Idea commissioning strand, first developed for IDFB 2016, creates work in outdoor places and unusual spaces that will excite, enthral and enliven the city, building and reaching diverse audiences. The two new productions are co-commissions between Birmingham Weekender and IDFB, which is produced by DanceXchange. Eleni Kyriacou, Producer for IDFB & DanceXchange says: We are extremely excited to be developing outdoor performance in the region and working with two exciting artists to extend their current practice, working in new innovative ways. We believe outdoor arts has the power to take the ordinary and make them extraordinary transforming our everyday cities and streets with emotive stories and experiences. Modern Warrior by Rosie Kay Dance Company (Birmingham) Expect to be thrilled and moved by this stunning new outdoor action work. Pick a side and join either the Mods or the Trads as Kung Fu meets dance. Modern Warrior is a fast-paced street take-over with exciting and dramatic sequences, as two opposing groups move across the city and meet in an epic stand-off. Spanning Birmingham’s Chinatown, audiences have the chance to join in, be trained, and become part of the action or simply watch the tale unfold. Rosie Kay is best known for the critically acclaimed performance 5 SOLDIERS and as choreographer to the hit film Sunshine on Leith. MOON by 2Faced Dance Company (Hereford) A spectacular outdoor dance and circus production for families. Follow Jack as he meets The Moon and together they embark on an amazing adventure; what secrets and surprises will they discover in their quest? Watch Jack’s world come to life with giant quilts, an aerial hoop, breath-taking dance and a whole host of mess and mayhem. Choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald created Cubes which thrilled audiences at Birmingham Weekender 2015.