Forget Blue Monday, the London International Mime Festival gets under way today (18th January 2021), to bring you slapstick movies and physical comedy.
As part of the rejigged festival, you’ll be able to enjoy a host of short films and videos from past festival shows. There’ll also be workshops, talks and discussions running throughout the month.
Highlights will include a series of five specially commissioned short films to be shown online, and Videotheque, free videos of past festival shows featuring a host of quirky and peculiar performances. Plus there’ll be a series of digital talks from a selection of previous mime festival participants.
Online shows from the mime festival
Five specially commissioned short films by British artists will launch today at 6pm, opening a 14-day season of free-to-view videos. These shorts include work by renowned movement director Andrew Dawson, British Sign Language interpreter Jacqui Beckford, and animator Gavin Glover. There’ll also be shorts by multimedia artists Kristin and Davy McGuire, and movement director, actor and War Horse choreographer Toby Sedgwick.
As well as the shorts, there’ll be a variety of outstanding shows, previously performed at LIMF, for you to view. The Videotheque shows date as far back as 1990, right up to 2020, so there’s plenty of choice.
There’ll be a selection of work from artists including Russia’s Akhe Engineering Theatre, Collectif Petit Travers, Compagnie 111, Les Antliaclastes and Olivier de Sagazan from France. As well as Italy’s Paolo Nani, Belgium’s Compagnie Mossoux Bonté, and Franco-Catalan duo Josef Nadj and Miguel Barcelo. Performances from Britain’s Gandini Juggling, Gecko, Ockham’s Razor and Thick & Tight can also be viewed.
Also from Belgium, Peeping Tom’s 32 rue Vandenbranden (2015 Olivier Award Winner) and their later shows Mother and Father, all staged in partnership with the Barbican as part of earlier editions of the festival will be available for three nights. You can watch them over the next few weekends (22nd – 24th January and 29th – 31st January).
Talks and discussions at the festival
Talks with artists will accompany the video series, beginning with LIMF founders Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae on how the festival began in 1977. This will be followed by mask theatre companies Familie Flöz and Vamos Theatre. Plus, world-renowned juggler Sean Gandini, British Sign Language interpreter Jacqui Beckford, and physical theatre director/performer Jos Houben.
There’ll also be events from Told by An Idiot’s Artistic Director Paul Hunter, Gecko’s Amit Lahav, and Theatre Re’s Guillaume Pigé.
More online events to keep you amused this month can be found here.
When: 18th – 31st January 2021
Where: Online with free-to-view videos
More info: mimelondon.com