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Loop, Looping, Loopy, Loophole, Loop the Loop, Loopers. To ‘loop’ is to encircle, circulate, to begin and then return to.

LOOP: TV Test gives a first insight into an exhibition in progress that asks what is at stake in experiencing performance and how is this experience mediated both live and direct in close physical contact or transmitted via technology and screens. Flowing between a performance lecture and a moving commentary, LOOP curator Harold Offeh will guide you through a series of works in progress by artists, Adham Faramawy, Keiken, Phoebe Collings-James, Samra Mayanja and Will Fredo as they explore what it means to test, trial and rehearse in public.

LOOP: TV Test, is the first ‘test’ iteration of the LOOP exhibition for which Eastside Projects and artist Harold Offeh have invited five artists whose practices expand what performance is now. The artists’ practices explore forms and narrative structures through performance and choreography and operate for a range of spaces, places and people, revisiting and re-assessing history through re-iterative, repeating and looping structures in music, performance and dance.

Hosted on BIDF TV as part of this years Birmingham International Dance Festival, LOOP: TV Test will beam its way onto a screen near you. Tune in live to watch as the experience unfolds. LOOP will physically occupy Eastside Projects this September.

Birmingham International Dance Festival is produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange. Taking place online from 3 – 13 June 2021 BIDF TV will feature a lively programme of screened dance performances, world premieres of major film commissions, and showcases for local talent. A live version of the festival will return in the autumn. BIDF 2021 celebrates Birmingham as a young, diverse city, a place where anything is possible, where the extraordinary happens.

Image Credit: Dancing with each other and with plants, video sketch with Tylor Deyn and Joseph Funnell, Adham Faramawy, 2021