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OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

Monday 19 April – Saturday 15 May

Produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) is a
major four-week festival bringing outstanding dance to venues across Birmingham and the West Midlands and
producing several large-scale outdoor events.

See below for a range of opportunities to get involved.

AUDITIONS
We are seeking performers for the following events that we’re producing as part of the Festival:
(IN)VISIBLE DANCIN, Monday 19 April to Sunday 9 May (inclusive)
A brand new piece of quirky contemporary dance/physical theatre, this outdoor performance will start with a subtle,
incidental piece that builds into a much more visible display. Choreographed by Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of
Protein.
DANCE PERFORMANCE WITH THE DESTROYERS, Thursday 15 April – Monday 3 May (inclusive)
Birmingham’s Victoria Square will be transformed for United Colours of Dance, a stunning colourful extravaganza
bringing together four of the world’s best folk dance companies and a group of contemporary dancers, alongside
The Destroyers, an eclectic turbo-folk band from Birmingham. Choreographer Arthur Pita will work with the newly
formed company for a 2.5 week period to create a unique new dance fusion.
DANCING THE WATERWAYS, Monday 12 April – Saturday 8 May
Four dance artists will travel part of the West Midlands canal network on a barge (two on the barge and two in a
hotel) performing a newly commissioned dance piece both on and off the barge. The creation period will take place
from the Monday 12 –Friday 16 April at DanceXchange Studios. The artists will embark on a three-week journey
stopping at selected locations and the dancers will perform and deliver 25 full-day workshops in Secondary schools
and community settings in the West Midlands over a 3-week period.

Audition date: Saturday 13 March, 12noon-6pm


Location: London
For full details on the above projects and audition, please visit
http://dancexchange.org.uk/default.asp?Id=359&sC=page54

BIRMINGHAM ARTISTS’ AUDITION


DANCING THE WATERWAYS, Monday 12 April – Saturday 8 May

Audition date for West Midlands Based artists for the above project only

Audition date: Thursday 11 March, 11am-2pm


Location: DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome

For full details on the above projects and audition, please visit
http://dancexchange.org.uk/default.asp?Id=359&sC=page54

DANCE TEACHERS BEING SOURCED


PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN, Saturday 15 May
Taking the principles of line dance as its starting point (unison performance in rows), a hip-hop/street-dance routine,
choreographed by renowned French hip-hop artist, Salah, will be taught to a core group of West Midlands based
artists/teachers. These artists/teachers will then disseminate the work across the region, to a host of amateur
dancers and community participants. The participants will be from a range of dance backgrounds, and different
variations of the routine (such as Break, Street or Jazz versions) will be taught to groups through new and existing
classes. However, the core participants will be drawn from young street-dance companies in the region. The project
will culminate in a major participatory performance in a public location in Birmingham. The location of this event will
be The Bullring, at the back of Selfridges near St Martin’s Church.

Project Manager, Laura Clark is currently speaking to West Midlands based dance artists/teachers who are
interested in disseminating this routine across the region.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
(IN)VISIBLE DANCIN, Monday 26 April to Sunday 9 May (inclusive)
A brand new piece of quirky contemporary dance/physical theatre, this outdoor performance will start with a subtle,
incidental piece that builds into a much more visible display.

DanceXchange is offering an intensive 2-week work placement opportunity for up to 10 dancers to work alongside 6
professional dancers and choreographer Luca Silvestrini on this special commission project taking place on the
streets of Birmingham as part of the Festival.

For full details on the above opportunity, please visit http://dancexchange.org.uk/default.asp?Id=359&sC=page54

COMMUNITY PARTICIPANT OPPORTUNITY


(IN)VISIBLE DANCIN, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May (inclusive)
The finale of this project will be an outdoor mass dance performance, as a culmination of the evolving dance piece
that has been performed in Birmingham city centre over the two previous weeks. 80+ community participants and
16 performers will work together to create a 15-minute finale.

To get involved in the opportunity, you must be available for the two dates listed above and have a skill such as
street dance, hip-hop, skating, parkour, bmx’ing or circus.

Please email hannah.sharpe@dancexchange.org.uk for more information.

YOUTH AMBASSADORS
(IN)VISIBLE DANCIN, Monday 26 April to Sunday 9 May (inclusive)
A brand new piece of quirky contemporary dance/physical theatre, this outdoor performance will start with a subtle,
incidental piece that builds into a much more visible display.

We will be recruiting a group of Youth Ambassadors to work on this project to film the daily happenings, using
mobile phone cameras, as well as keeping a diary of the daily event. This unusual work is ideally suited to viral
marketing, and we will encourage the Ambassadors, students and young audiences to promote the evolving event
through Twitter.

If you are interested in this project, or being a Youth Ambassador for any aspect of IDFB, please email Hannah
Sharpe on, hannah.sharpe@dancexchange.org.uk

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
We are now looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team of volunteers for this year’s Festival.

Duties may include: looking after artists and companies, guiding visitors to venues, handing out flyers in the city
centre, stewarding at Festival performances and events, and other activities to help with the running of the festival.

To register your interest in volunteering please email your CV and contact details to Helen Bonner at
helen.bonner@dancexchange.org.uk
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International Dance Festival Birmingham is produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, funded by Advantage
West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands, and Advantage West Midlands, and sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. The
media partner for 2010 is BBC WM and the accommodation partner Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre. also working in
partnership with the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012, along with a range of other exciting programmes
including People Dancing, to celebrate and engage people with the region’s world class cultural offer.

Follow the Festival story at www.idfb.co.uk