International Dance Festival video round-up

By on 06/09/2010 in Culture, Video News

The second International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB 2010), which ran from 19 April to 15 May this year, more than doubled its audience figures.

The total number of performances also increased by nearly 150%, compared with the first Festival in 2008.

The total audience numbers for ticketed and free shows during the four week Festival were 55,113, compared to just over 23,000 in 2008. Added together with the 10,308 participatory experiences also delivered as part of the Festival, this brings the total number of experiences with dance to 65,421 - an increase of 163% compared to 2008.

The number of free performances in particular increased massively from 24 to 101, an increase of 320%.

As a result audience numbers for free events also increased significantly: 27,535 people (an increase of 262%) who might not usually see dance came into contact with exciting and innovative performances during the four week Festival.

Free performances were held everywhere from theatre foyers and on the streets, to shops, city squares and even on a canal barge, improving the visibility of dance to the general public and creating a real “festival feel” to the events.

The diverse programme included over 30 different dance and performance styles, and represented 25 countries from six continents. Highlights included the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Mark Morris Dance Group, Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals, Shaolin monks and the UK's own Akram Khan and Rosie Kay.

Preparations for the Festival in 2012, which will again run from mid-April to mid-May, are already underway.

David Massingham, Co-Artistic Director of the Festival said, “We're really pleased with the success of IDFB 2010 and to have increased the impact of the Festival so significantly, particularly in terms of taking dance to the streets of the city.

With many new commissions and unique shows there has been a very distinctive feel to this year's Festival. We hope to build on this and continue to present a varied and high quality programme at the next Festival in 2012, further advancing Birmingham's reputation as a world centre for dance.”

IDFB is one of the world's largest dance festivals and in 2010 was funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council, with sponsorship from Brewin Dolphin. IDFB is also working in partnership with the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012.

For more information go to www.idfb.co.uk

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