London International Mime Festival, directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, is a unique event in the theatre calendar, a once a year chance to see the very best and newest contemporary visual theatre that embraces cutting edge circus-theatre, juggling, puppetry, live art, mime and physical theatre.
UK artists are at the forefront in 2019. Barely Methodical Troupe opens the festival with its latest acrobatic spectacular Shift at the Platform Theatre. Gandini Juggling with Alexander Whitley, make their debut at Sadler’s Wells while Gecko makes its main stage debut at the Barbican; Thick & Tight delight at the Lilian Baylis Studio; Stan’s Cafe makes a rare London appearance with The Capital, whilst Green Ginger
explores the inner reaches of the human body in Intronauts, both at Jacksons Lane. Theatre Re premieres its latest creation, Birth, a LIMF co-commission, at Shoreditch Town Hall.
The festival’s international dimension brings companies from Belgium, Finland, France, New Zealand, Norway and Spain. Debut participants include performance artist, Olivier de Sagazan, ice puppeteers Théâtre de l’Entrouvert, and 2018 Total Theatre Award winners Focus/Chaliwaté with Backup. Companies returning with new productions include Plexus Polaire, Thomas Monckton, Les Antliaclastes and Olivier Award winners Peeping Tom. Xavier Bobés brings Things Easily Forgotten back to the festival, his atmospheric salon performance for an audience of five.
A wide range of workshops, artists’ talks and discussion complements the performance programme, which also features two classic silent films with live music at the Barbican Cinema: Buster Keaton’s The General and Victor Sjöström’s He Who Gets Slapped.
The Festival website will go live on Monday 15 October.