Together we stand united we dance

By on 28/04/2010 in Culture, News

It's World Dance Day on Thursday 29 April and International Dance Festival Birmingham is celebrating this by inviting folk dancers from around the world to perform on the purpose built stage in Victoria Square.

Four exceptional folk dance groups representing Russia, India, Spain and Africa are all in Birmingham working with choreographer Arthur Pita and UK-based contemporary dancers for Utopia.

All the folk dancers, together with other performers in the city for the Festival, will gather on the stage in Birmingham city centre to celebrate World Dance Day, and to give passers by a small taste of what they can expect over the coming weekend.

Arthur Pita has used the different dance styles of all the groups to create a fusion of cultures, and the resulting extravaganza of dance, music and song will be performed for free over the Bank Holiday weekend.

He said, “The rehearsals have been a real sharing of cultures, but it's also like creating and entirely new culture together as a group. This will be a stunningly vibrant and colourful piece.”

World Dance Day is an initiative of the International Dance Council (CID), UNESCO and has been running since 1982. It is celebrated all over the world and aims to attract the wider public to the art of dance - particularly those who would not normally go to dance events. Dance companies and groups across the globe organise free events, classes, exhibitions, shows and open rehearsals as part of the day.

IDFB will be hosting plenty of other activity on World Dance Day, including Nacional Ballet de Cuba at Birmingham Hippodrome, a triple bill of new work from Arab artists as part of the Outspoken weekend at the Patrick Centre, and Tango classes at the Friends Institute in Moseley.

A unique kinetic light nstallation will be operating outside Birmingham Hippodrome from 8:30-11pm every evening until 6 May - the projections and sound react to people moving through the space, allowing the general public to change and “choreograph” the patterns around them.

Produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, IDFB 2010 is one of the world's largest dance festivals. Representing over 20 countries from six continents, the festival will feature over 70 performances, as well as a number of free public events and plenty of chances for people to get involved.

The Festival is funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council, with sponsorship from Brewin Dolphin. IDFB 2010 is also working in partnership with the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012.

For more information on IDFB 2010 and the line-up, visit


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