Birmingham International Dance Festival (BIDF) will present Outdoor Dance Collection 2021 (ODC21) as part of their digital programme. ODC21 is a dance and outdoor arts industry programme of events for professional delegates and artists and includes UK Dance Showcase and Dance & The Outdoors Symposium.
Register here to attend for free.

ODC21: UK Dance Showcase is devised and delivered in partnership with XTRAX as part of the international showcase programme Platform 4:UK; Dance4 as part of Dance from England; and DanceXchange, producers of BIDF. OCD21 will present a showcase of current choreographic practice for outdoor and site-responsive work. The showcase programme will provide opportunities for artists, programmers and professionals working in outdoor dance to attend panel discussions, training and artists pitching sessions and other networking opportunities, available via a virtual event platform. National and international delegates will also have access to the Outdoor Dance Collection 2021 Catalogue presenting a curated selection of some of the most exciting current outdoor work available for touring by UK dance artists. The showcase event will take place on 3 and 4 June and the content will be recorded and available to view for the duration of BIDF until 13 June.

Pitching Artists include:


ODC21: Dance & The Outdoors Symposium is devised and produced by 101 Outdoor Arts and The Place in partnership with DanceXchange producers of BIDF. The two-day digital conference will bring together practitioners, producers and presenters of outdoor dance to explore how artists are creating work for public space. The symposium will look at a range of practice in locations from urban to rural and in contexts that range from touring to site-specific to participant-led. Some of Europe’s most exciting choreographers and companies will be taking part in panel sessions that aim to shine a spotlight on the wealth of outdoor dance practice. We’ll explore how this distinctive yet diverse field is contributing to the development of dance – bringing new audiences and new approaches and creating interventions that transform and disrupt our relationship with the world around us. The symposium will take place on 8 and 9 June 2021.

As part of the BIDF live edition in Autumn 21 a live streaming of all relevant outdoor events will be provided for the ODC21 delegates.

This activity is supported by Platform 4:UK, XTRAX’s Arts Council of England funded project for International collaboration in outdoor arts.


Image of Rodadoras by Becky Manguads at BIDF 2018 by Stephen Wright.


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