International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012 brings five major works to Birmingham Hippodrome's main stage beginning April 25, 2012, including Royal Ballet Flanders' ARTIFACT, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant's PUSH, Breakin Convention, and Circolombia's URBAN. Tickets are available at the Box Office on 0844 338 5000 or choose your own seat online at www.birminghamhippodrome.com (5% booking fee applies, calls cost from 5p per min).
On April 25, 2012, IDFB 2012 will open its biggest festival to date with Royal Ballet Flanders' production of William Forsythe's Artifact. Created 25 years ago, Forsythe's renowned work is considered globally as a milestone in the history of dance. The ballet, broken into four parts, brings together elements of pure dance, sign language, and spoken word. Winners of the Lawrence Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Dance', Royal Ballet Flanders will open the festival for with two performances on Wednesday & Thursday April 25-26, 2012, 7.30pm.
The festival then welcomes Danza Contemporanea de Cuba to the Hippodrome stage; a high energy combination of Afro Caribbean and Spanish fusions in one performance. Featuring a brand new work, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba performs Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 May 2012, 7.30pm.
Legendary ballerina, Sylvie Guillem comes to Birmingham Hippodrome for the very first time with Russell Maliphant's PUSH; a mixed programme featuring four pieces of dance varying from Maliphant's signature solo, Shift to the dynamic duet, Push performed by both Guillem and Maliphant. Sylvie Gulliem plays just two performances in Birmingham on Friday 11 & Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm as her only UK dates dancing Push, a demonstration of the prestige and pulling power of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012.