London International Mime Festival returns to the capital for another month of everything that can’t be verbally expressed but has been incubating since the beginning of art. From circus, dance to exotic Japanese puppetry the choice will have your head turning cartwheels through blistering space and time. Here’s our pick of this year’s essentials…
Showcasing the world’s greatest clowns from out of absurd obscurity, don’t expect the standard red-nose circus affair. Those of you who know your clowns should buy a ticket purely based on the fact that Trygve Wakenshaw (NZ) is Gaulier trained.
9th – 18th January, London Premiere
THE PHYSICAL FEATS
Physical Theatre at LIMF shows off the gravity defying potential of the human body. Lonely Circus’ (France) production looks like one of the stand-out pieces. With musical accompaniment by Jérôme Hoffman, you won’t be disappointed.
10th – 11th January, UK Premiere
THE ONE-MAN SHOW
One-man shows are extremely hard to develop; they require excruciating finesse while for the performer there’s nowhere to hide. Thomas Monckton’s (NZ/ Finland) pianist who never gets to play is vulnerability with an extra helping of soulful.
14th – 18th January, London Premiere
Puppets are a huge part of mime; they embody its theatrical spirit and before you know it, will entangled you in a shadowy world of make-believe. Masters in the field will have you dreaming of Pinocchio. Younger mime fans will find everything about Circus Ronaldo (Belgium) astonishing.
16th – 18th January, London Premiere
Gecko (UK) are an LIMF must-see. Expect a sold out performance and modern take on the dazzling tradition of mime. A beautiful mixture of dance, theatre and black comedy – you won’t be disappointed.
17th – 20th January, London Premiere
A comment on the revelations of Edward Snowden shown through an Orwellian dystopia, get ready for Theatre Ad Infinitum’s (UK) typical assault on the senses. This piece is in association with the Barbican so you know there’s a quality show behind this.
20th – 24th January, London Premiere
THE WILD CARD
“Entrapped by five thousand cords, a forest of brilliantly lit strings, a warrior-woman conquers her environment so that she floats, like a black angel, in a sumptuous cage that she can only leave by vanishing completely.” Need we say more? We’ll leave it to Compagnie 111, Aurélien Bory and Kaori Ito (France/Japan) to do the explaining.
22nd – 23rd January, UK Premiere
[COVER IMAGE: © Jane Hobson] Gandini Juggling 4 x 4