Midlands Made Screendance

Available Mon 7 June 2021, 15:00 to Sun 13 June, 23:59

A series of inspiring screendance films as part of Midlands Made programme supporting the creative practice of dance artists working in the Midlands.


All performances have their own content warnings and age advisory and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Lace by Roberta Jean

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Lace is the first in a sequence of three films, together forming a new screen version of Brocade. Lace was shot on location at MYB Textiles in Ayrshire, the only producer in the world to still manufacture patterned lace with original Nottingham Lace Looms. Here, human movements align and juxtapose with the choreography and soundtrack of the machines and voice. 

Suitable for: all ages

Running time: 5 mins


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Directed by the choreographer Avatâra Ayuso, the award-winning The Protocol is filmed with an eccentric and retro-futurist cinematic language where the performers in confidence to the viewer, express their thoughts, exposing their contradictions, fears and worries about our relationship with the other. This digital take on The Protocol was inspired by the virtual creative encounters of the team during the lockdown of 2020, which since then have been so indispensable and frequent in our current social and working realities. 

Suitable for: 12+

Running time: 12 mins

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Brum’s Dynasty Documentary by Foreign Production

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Following Brum’s Dynasty founded Christian ‘Crisis’ Griffin, Aaron ‘Bez’ Berry and Aaron ‘Shin’ Duncan with amazing support from Shelley ‘Smiles’ Anderson. Gradually growing community of street artists from practising at Birmingham Cathedral Square into the Moseley road studio. They brought different styles into one room, shared their passion to help and support the youth. In the process, we’ve discovered the amazing talent and integrity of Birmingham. Watch this short documentary to learn more about the dance community and Birmingham. Please show your support by following them on their social media. 


Suitable for: all ages

Running time: 8 mins

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Rope by Helen Calcutt

‘Rope’ was created in January 2019 in direct response to the male suicide crisis in the U.K. Over 84 men per week take their own lives, and we felt it important that as artists we respond creatively, and encourage an open dialogue around this often ignored yet extremely important social issue. 

‘In Rope, I wanted to convey the feeling of struggle within oneself from the perspective of the person battling internally, as well as the struggle from the perspective of the poet in trying to understand that struggle. The gentle, considered delivery of the poetry is a contrast to the hectic and erratic choreography, which is shot and edited alongside an underwater sound design in a deliberately disorienting way. Working closely with the talent of Nathan Lafayette as dancer and choreographer, and Helen Calcutt as writer and narrator, we could use dance and poetry as vehicles to create something that has a lasting impact on an audience.’ –  Paul Stringer, Director 

We believe this film speaks up for social change, encourages awareness, and highlights the stark realities men in particular face with regards to their mental health, and the violence they can so readily inflict upon their own being. We hope it will inspire people to speak out for, and invest more time in their own mental health: especially now – with the global pandemic having drastically affected so many of us, and imbalanced so much in our lives.  

Content Warning: contains themes of suicide. 

Running time: 3 mins

The Creative Imagination – A Dance Documentary by Jamie Buchanan

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This Documentary and Screendance piece explores the role that imagination plays in creativity and the daily practice of four emerging dance artists. Looking back at childhood, and exploring influences such as inspiration, this film aims to start the conversation on how to reclaim our imaginations and use them as a tool to make the world feel a little more wonderful again. 

Suitable for: all ages

Running time: 14 mins

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Disruption by O’Driscoll Collective

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Disruption is a cross-art collaboration between four West-Midlands based creatives, exploring themes related to the black British identity and toxic masculinity. 

Informed by a period of research including free Breakin’ and poetry workshops for young people of colour in the Midlands and interviews with renowned black creatives from Birmingham and London, tackling topics including ‘the politicisation of afro hair’, ‘BLM: what’s changed?’ and ‘masculinity in black communities’ – Disruption features bespoke Rocking choreography set to brand new spoken word, filmed in distinctive sites across Birmingham. 


Suitable for: all ages

Running time: 4 mins

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NuBody by Sonia Sabri Company

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NuBody is a poignant short film exploring the light versus dark, the real versus fairytale versions of female existence. It poses questions about ownership of the female body, womanhood, what the world is teaching our daughters and asks why so many daughters are buried before they get a chance to live? 

NuBody is a stunningly powerful and emotive piece featuring award-winning dancer and choreographer Sonia Sabri, Artistic Director of Sonia Sabri Company


Suitable for: 12+

Running time: 8 mins

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Angles in Life by Vanhulle Dance Theatre

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Set proudly against the urban landscape of Birmingham, UK, ‘Angles In Life’ is a dance/film project led by choreographer Laura Vanhulle in a choreographic collaboration with Tunisian artist, Seifeddine Manai. Drawing on a mix of international artistic and cultural influences, it explores the individual’s subjective perspective on life and how that is altered through age, maturity, biology, personality and life experiences. 

The film follows the story of two characters and their relationship: their self-realisation and perceptions of each other, the different versions of who they are or could be, or perhaps another’s dream of them. It occupies a space somewhere between a real and dream world and comes from a retrospective viewpoint: looking back on a life, on a lost youth, playing out different versions of the same lived reality. 

Suitable for: all ages

Running time: 10 mins


BIDF TV is a new streaming service for dance films and live streams created by the Birmingham International Dance Festival and ZOO.

You can contact one of our digital ushers on +441432 265 389 or support@zoovenues.co.uk if you’re experiencing any technical difficulties.

You will be able to watch films and live streams on any device with a good internet connection, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet.

Livestreamed shows can be watched on the livestream page. You can find out what time shows will be live-streamed by checking the BIDF TV programme. Streaming times are always given in British Summer Time (BST).

You can buy a ticket on the ticket booking page. The piece will be live-streamed on 13 June at 7.30pm BST, 8.30pm BST and 9.30pm BST.

You’ll need to make an account in order to buy a ticket, which you will be prompted to do during purchase. If you’d like to know more information, head to our ticket provider’s support page.

No – you don’t need to make an account or sign up to anything to watch BIDF TV content.

The only exception is Birmingham Royal Ballet’s City of a Thousand Trades, which is the only ticketed event in the festival. Head to the ticket booking page to buy a ticket.

Yes – you can watch from anywhere with a good internet connection. If you want to watch a livestream, be aware that performance times are given in local time, currently British Summer Time (BST). You will need to check what time this is in your time zone if you’re watching from outside the UK.

Films will be available from the moment they’re uploaded onto BIDF TV live-streamed shows will only be available within the times stated, other content will be available for all the days of the festival 3 – 13 June.

All BIDF films and livestreams are free to access, with the exception of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s City of a Thousand Trades. If you’d like to donate to the Birmingham International Dance Festival, you can do so via the donate button which will take you to the BIDF donation portal.

Even though this year’s festival is happening online, creating filmed dance is as costly as producing dance in-person, so we’d be grateful if you could consider donating what you might normally spend on a theatre ticket.

Live-streamed shows will appear under the category ‘Livestream’. You can view information about the next upcoming live-streamed performance here.

The answer is yes – if you have a smart TV, Chromecast, FireStick, Apple TV or Roku.

On a smart TV, open your smart TV’s integrated internet browser and type in bidf.zootv.live.

Using an internet browser on a streaming device connected to your TV such as Firestick, Chomecast, Roku or Apple TV, open the internet browser on your device and follow the streaming device instructions to mirror the video onto your television.

You can also connect your laptop to your TV via an HDMI cable, then selecting the relevant output source on your TV. This will then mirror your laptop screen onto your TV screen.

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There are content warnings available in a drop-down box under each video. They may contain spoilers.

All films and live-streams as part of BIDF TV have been produced in line with government guidance, including:

  • Keeping the number of people working together in-person to a minimum
  • Regular COVID-19 testing
  • Adhering to social distancing
  • Rehearsing and performing in large, ventilated spaces
  • Wearing face coverings whenever possible
  • Frequent hand washing, sanitising and cleaning

Key Information

Please note, the dates and times are in British Summer Time (BST).

All performances have their own content warnings and age advisory and may not be suitable for younger audiences.



This event will be screened via BIDF TV our online screening platform.
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