When: 8th – 31st January 2015
Where: At various venues in London
£: Ticket prices vary depending on the event
What is it?
London International Mime Festival (LIMF), the longest-established annual theatre season of its kind, returns this month with innovative visual theatre from around the world. This year’s artists come from America, Belgium, France, Japan and New Zealand, joining some of Britain’s fast emerging talents and established names.
The festival takes place over 24 days, with 18 companies and 64 performances of productions. Venues include the Barbican, Central St Martin’s Platform Theatre, Jacksons Lane, the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Soho Theatre and Southbank Centre.
Highlights at this year’s London International Mime Festival include the award-winning Barely Methodical Troupe. The troupe are described as Britain’s hottest young acrobats and will open the festival at Central St Martin’s Platform Theatre in King’s Cross with their Edinburgh ‘Total Theatre Award’ winner, Bromance.
At the Soho Theatre, Trygve Wakenshaw stages the London premiere of Kraken, a blissfully funny hour of physical stream-of-consciousness, the delirious follow-up to smash hit Squidboy. The Pit, Barbican plays host to Theatre Ad Infinitum’s London premiere of Light. Inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations, Light conjures an Orwellian future depicted with wordless anime style storytelling and a pulsating soundscape.
Audacious New York puppeteer Basil Twist, part of the creative team for Kate Bush’s 2014 Before the Dawn concerts, collaborates with master musician Yumiko Tanaka in a spectacular visual journey inspired by Dogugaeshi; the Japanese art of creating illusions through perspective.
Belgian company Peeping Tom makes its UK debut at the Barbican Theatre with 32 rue Vandenbranden, an unforgettable piece of dance-theatre that combines cinematic set design and jaw-dropping physicality.
At the Southbank Centre, Knights of the Invisible’s Iona Kewney and Joseph Quimby return to London, their new work features extraordinary movement, contortion and live music. A grand piano takes centre stage in Edinburgh Fringe hit The Pianist, a co-production between Thomas Monckton and Finland’s Circo Aereo. Lonely Circus’ physical dialogue between wire-walker Sebastien Le Guen and electro-acoustic musician Jérŏme Hoffman makes its UK debut, and Oktobre presents world-class magic, mystery and aerial daring.
Back by popular demand, gentleman juggler Mat Ricardo returns to the festival with some new tricks up his sleeve in Showman, possibly the most entertaining lecture-demonstration ever. Also at the Southbank Centre, Belgium’s much-loved Circus Ronaldo presents the London premiere of Amortale, a Felliniesque world of hand-crafted commedia-circus, mixing tragedy and clowning, opera, marionettes and a touch of arson!
More info: www.mimelondon.com