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Welcome to LIMF 2014; twenty-five days of innovative, eye-opening, contemporary visual theatre from the Czech Republic, France, Holland, Italy and the UK. With 8 UK premieres and 6 London premieres, the festival, as always, introduces a large programme of new work to the Capital that will challenge, excite and inspire. 

Opening with Compagnie Non Nova's magical manipulation of air, and identity, in two strikingly contrasting productions, the festival presents thought-provoking work exploring issues relevant today. Cutting edge and essentially wordless, circus-theatre, illusion, masks, extraordinary puppetry, and powerful movement are the distinctive media through which the festival’s many stories are told. No shortage of pure entertainment either, with Jakop Ahlbom and Alamo Race Track’s brilliant homage to silent movies, Philippe Genty’s dreamworld flights of fantasy, and France’s award-winning Cocorico.
 
Start your new year with unusual theatre, created by some of Europe’s most original and talented artists - welcome to LIMF 2014!

Calendar -  You can download a simple pdf calendar here>

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Help with choosing

Shows using puppetry/animation
Cie Philippe Genty - Forget Me Not
Cie Non Nova L'Après-Midi d'Un Foehn
Cie Non Nova Vortex
Gecko - Missing
Jakop Ahlbom - Lebensraum

Shows using circus skills
Cie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze - A Bas Bruit
Fet a Ma - Cru

Shows using masks
Vamos Theatre - Finding Joy

Shows for 12+/parental guidance
Cie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze - A Bas Bruit
Gecko - Missing
Mat Ricardo - Showman
Man Drake - Anatomia Publica
Spitfire Company - One Step Before the Fall
Vamos Theatre - Finding Joy

Shows for 15+/parental guidance
Citta di Ebla - The Dead
Cie Non Nova - Vortex

Age guidance for family-friendly shows
Cie Non Nova - L'Après-Midi d'Un Foehn 5+
Cie Philippe Genty - Forget Me Not 7+
Fet a Ma - Cru 7+
Jakop Ahlbom - Lebensraum 7+
Thibaud & Leygnac - Cocorico 7+

Shows for people who are deaf, or who have a hearing impairment
All shows are suitable, except
Mat Ricardo, Showman for which there is a BSL interpreted performance on Fri 24 Jan
A short written text will be made available for anyone who wishes it for:
Cittá di Ebla - The Dead
Cie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze - A Bas Bruit

Shows for people with no, or limited vision
Cie 111 - What's Become of You?
Audio-described performance, Sat 1 Feb

 

 

Day by day

You can also download a calendar pdf here >

Wednesday 8 January
5pm L'Après-Midi d'un Foehn
Platform Theatre
8pm Vortex
Platform Theatre

Thursday 9 January
5pm L'Après-Midi d'un Foehn
Platform Theatre
7.45pm A Bas Bruit
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
8pm Vortex*
Platform Theatre

Friday 10 January
5pm L'Après-Midi d'un Foehn
Platform Theatre
7.45pm A Bas Bruit*
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
8pm Vortex
Platform Theatre

Saturday 11 January
3pm L'Après-Midi d'un Foehn
Platform Theatre
5pm L'Après-Midi d'un Foehn
Platform Theatre
6pm A Bas Bruit
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
7.45pm Lebensraum
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
8pm Vortex
Platform Theatre

Sunday 12 January
3pm Lebensraum
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Monday 13 January
7.45pm Lebensraum*
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Tuesday 14 January
7.45pm Lebensraum
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Wednesday 15 January
7.45pm Lebensraum
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Thursday 16 January
7.45pm Cocorico
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Friday 17 January
7.30pm Forget Me Not
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
7.45pm Cocorico*
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Saturday 18 January
7.30pm Forget Me Not*
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
7.45pm Cocorico
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Sunday 19 January
5pm Forget Me Not
Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
3pm Cocorico
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Monday 20 January
7.45pm Cru
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Tuesday 21 January
7pm Mat Ricardo, Showman
Leicester Square Theatre
7.45pm Anatomia Publica
Barbican, Pit
7.45pm Cru*
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Wednesday 22 January
7pm Mat Ricardo, Showman*
Leicester Square Theatre
7.45pm Anatomia Publica
Barbican, Pit
7.45pm Cru
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Thursday 23 January
7pm Mat Ricardo, Showman
Leicester Square Theatre
7.45pm Anatomia Publica*
Barbican, Pit
7.45pm One Step Before the Fall
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Friday 24 January
7pm Mat Ricardo, Showman**
Leicester Square Theatre (BSL interpreted performance)
7.45pm Anatomia Publica
Barbican, Pit
7.45pm One Step Before the Fall
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
8pm Finding Joy*
Jacksons Lane

Saturday 25 January
3pm Finding Joy
Jacksons Lane
7pm Mat Ricardo, Showman
Leicester Square Theatre
7.45pm Anatomia Publica
Barbican, Pit
7.45pm One Step Before the Fall*
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
8pm Finding Joy
Jacksons Lane

Sunday 26 January
3pm One Step Before the Fall
Southbank Centre's Purcell Room

Tuesday 28 January
7.45pm The Dead
Barbican, Pit

Wednesday 29 January
7.45pm The Dead*
Barbican, Pit

Thursday 30 January
7.45pm What's Become of You?*
Barbican, Theatre
7.45pm The Dead
Barbican, Pit

Friday 31 January
7.45pm Missing*
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
7.45pm What's Become of You?
Barbican, Theatre
7.45pm The Dead
Barbican, Pit

Saturday 1 February
3pm Missing
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
7.45pm Missing
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
7.45pm What's Become of You? ***
Barbican, Theatre
7.45pm The Dead
Barbican, Pit

* = after-show discussion
** = BSL interpreted performance of Mat Ricardo Showman - Fri 24 Jan
*** = audio-described performance of Compagnie 111 What's Become of You? - Sat 1 Feb

 

Compagnie Non Nova / Phia Ménard (France)

L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn London Premiere

Platform Theatre, University of the Arts
Wed 8 > Sat 11 Jan  Wed-Fri 5pm, Sat 3pm & 5pm
Runs 40 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Wed 8 Jan 5pm >
Thu 9 Jan 5pm >
Fri 10 Jan 5pm >
Sat 11 Jan 3pm >
Sat 11 Jan 5pm >

Limited seating capacity.
Early booking recommended
Age guidance: 5+ (no babes in arms)

venue map >

watch the video >

LIMF 2014 opens with something miraculous. Borne aloft on currents of air, small plastic bags become dancers in an enchanting, performance-art ballet, set to the music of Debussy. Gravity no longer exists and boundless adventures await in this magical, heartwarming show. Take a journey that will fire your imagination!

'Even when Nijinsky himself first danced the title role of Debussy's Faun, it's doubtful that he provoked his audience to the state of wonder that greeted the lead "ballerina" in Company Non Nova's miraculous L'Apres-Midi d'un Foehn. As she drifts upwards on rising currents of air, another dancer joins her, billowed into a pas de deux of comic ecstasy and tenderness. More dancers are thrown into the mix, until there's a joyous corps de ballet of them scudding, twirling and bounding in the air. In a brilliant metaphor of art and the imagination, Compagnie Non Nova make what's essentially a heap of rubbish into an improbably perfect interpretation of Debussy's pastoral score'
Judith Mackrell, The Guardian (on L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn, Version 1, Edinburgh Fringe 2013) full review >

www.cienonnova.com

 

Compagnie Non Nova / Phia Ménard (France)

Vortex  UK Premiere

Platform Theatre, University of the Arts
Wed 8 > Sat 11 Jan  8pm
After-show discussion: Thu 9 Jan
Runs 60 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Book online:
Wed 8 Jan 8pm >
Thu 9 Jan 8pm >
Fri 10 Jan 8pm >
Sat 11 Jan 8pm >

Limited seating capacity.
Early booking recommended
Age guidance: 15+

venue map >

'A stunning work by a fearless artist' Liberation

'Genius director Phia Ménard has clearly understood that the body is not necessarily a matter of flesh and bones, but is rather a projection of the mysteries of the imagination' Time Out (Paris)

In this dark companion piece to her enchanting L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn, Phia Ménard’s Vortex pulls us directly into the eye of a hurricane. The beautiful airborne creatures dancing to Debussy’s music are replaced here by a storm of demons, as invisible air currents allow a different set of extraordinary characters to fly and float before our eyes. Poetry is created and history told in this startling show about identity. Vortex explores our need to hide under a series of protective layers and our horror as those defences are stripped away.

Phia Ménard studied theatre, movement and juggling, and was a member of the Jérôme Thomas company before founding circus-theatre troupe Compagnie Non Nova in 1998. It has performed in more than forty countries around the world.

www.cienonnova.com

 

Compagnie Mpta / Mathurin Bolze (France)

A Bas Bruit  UK Premiere

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Thu 9 > Sat 11 Jan  Thu & Fri: 7.45pm, Sat: 6pm
After-show discussion: Fri 10 Jan
Runs 60 mins / no interval
Book online >
Tickets: £20/£17.50/£12.50/£7/£12 (Students)
Age guidance: 12+

'The poetic embodiment of the march of time... A spellbinding and profound affirmation of all that is human' Journal du Dimanche

In A Bas Bruit it’s the voyage not the destination that’s important.

Inspired by the work of French New Wave filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, Mathurin Bolze’s latest show explores what happens when feelings and ideas rebel against the established order of things. Mass movements take shape long before they have a name or face. Above all, get off the treadmill.

Video, dance, and circus come together on this epic journey filled with unpredictable encounters.

A Bas Bruit is Mathurin Bolze and Compagnie Mpta’s follow up to Du Goudron et des Plumes which earned five star reviews and two sell-out runs at the Barbican. Mathurin worked with Pierrot Bidon’s legendary alternative circus troupe, Archaos, and with choreographers Josef Nadj, François Verret and Kitsou Dubois before starting his own company in 2001. Awarded France’s prestigious Prix du Cirque he is one of today’s most original and brilliant circus creators and his work has regularly featured at the Mime Festival.

www.mpta.fr

 

Jakop Ahlbom & Alamo Race Track (Holland)

Lebensraum  UK Premiere

Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
Sat 11 > Wed 15 Jan  7.45pm  Sun: 3pm only
After-show discussion: Mon 13 Jan

Runs 70 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Book online >
Age guidance: 7+

'Physical surrealistic theatre with a hint of magic' De Telegraaf

'A beautifully arranged slapstick wonderland' Trouw

Watch the video >

Based on Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow (1920), Lebensraum brings silent movie magic to the stage.

Two inventors live together in a tiny room. Lack of space is not an issue, a system of ropes and pulleys brings everything to hand and furniture has multiple functions – the bed is a piano, the bookcase serves as a fridge. Life runs smoothly until the two create a female robot to take care of domestic chores. But their extremely life-like creation has a mind of its own and soon goes out of control…

Rich in humour and technical magic, Lebensraum creates a surreal world that obeys its own logic. Swedish born Jakop Ahlbom is an actor, mime, acrobat and all-round theatre maker. In this award-winning production his collaborators are Silke Hundertmark and Reinier Schimmel, with live music accompaniment from Leonard Lucieer and Empee Holwerda of indie-rock band Alamo Race Track.

Expertly choreographed slapstick chaos, timed to perfection. 

www.jakopahlbom.nl

 

Patrice Thibaud & Philippe Leygnac (France)

Cocorico  London Premiere

Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
Thu 16 > Sun 19 Jan 
Thu-Sat 7.45pm  Sun: 3pm
After-show discussion: Fri 17 Jan

Runs 80 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Book online >
Age guidance: 7+

'A hoot, a treat, a revelation and a tonic... wit, invention, style, and virtuosity: Cocorico
 has all these trump cards - but it also has something more elusive. It has real artistry and
 a poetic sensibility that understands why we need laughter' The Herald

Watch the video >

Cocorico showcases the talents of two of France’s best-known comic performers.

Skilled shadow-play, sophisticated music-comedy, a nod to Spaghetti Westerns and the Tour de France are just some of the production’s highlights as Patrice Thibaud spars with Philippe Leygnac in a very gallic battle of temperaments. Not only very funny, Cocorico is almost lyrical in its evocation our hopes, failings, tics and habits.

Patrice Thibaud’s career includes tv and film, and roles in many of Jérôme Deschamps and Macha Makeieff’s wordless comedies in one of which, Les Étourdis, he first worked with Philippe Leygnac. He recently starred in the title role for José Montalvo’s production of Don Quichotte at the 2013 Edinburgh International Festival. Originally a designer, Philippe Leygnac is a composer/arranger and multi-talented musician.

Played out in a series of improbable, exquisitely executed routines, Cocorico is physical comedy at its very best.

 

 

Compagnie Philippe Genty (France)

Forget Me Not (Ne M’Oublie PasUK Premiere

Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall
Fri 17 > Sun 19 Jan  Fri & Sat 7.30pm  Sun: 5pm
After-show discussion: Sat 18 Jan
Runs 90 mins / no interval
Tickets: £15/£20/£25
Book online >
Age guidance: 7+

'Philippe Genty’s works are like dreams, transcendentally beautiful and packed with meaning - it’s up to each individual dreamer to discover what applies to him or her' Chicago Sun-Times

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Plunge into a world of dizzying dreams and beautiful landscapes in this new version of a Philippe Genty classic.

Wizard of imagery, Philippe Genty has been devising inspired, original work that blends visual theatre with dance and puppetry for almost forty years. With breath-taking optical illusions and ever-changing stage pictures, the results are captivating fantasies 

Forget Me Not is one of Genty’s most memorable creations. Recently re-mounted in a new French-Norwegian collaboration, its dreamworld is infused with snowy, Scandinavian mysteries and colour.

www.philippegenty.com

 

Fet a Mà (France/Spain)

Cru  UK Premiere

Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
Mon 20 - Wed 22 Jan  7.45pm
After-show discussion: Tue 21 Jan
Runs 55 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Book online >
Age guidance: 7+

Watch the video >

Fet a Mà uses circus as a way of describing and sharing intense emotions - circus as Samuel Beckett might perhaps have imagined it. Based in a fusion of theatre, dance and acrobatics, its work involves no equipment, props or other artifice, only the body.

Beneath a calm exterior an apparently simple duet becomes more and more intense. What is revealed is something raw. There are layers of   feeling, thought and pain, but humour too. Making its point in a breathtaking series of hand-to-hand acrobatic routines, Cru exhilaratingly explores humanity’s frailty, vulnerability and dependence.

Catalan performers Marta Torrents and Pau Portabella trained at France’s Lido School of Circus Arts and created their company in 2008; director, Blai Mateu Trias, is co-artistic director of the Baro d’Evel circus company.

 

 

Mat Ricardo (UK)

Showman London Premiere

Leicester Square Theatre
Tue 21 > Sat 25 Jan  7pm
After-show discussion: Wed 22 Jan
BSL interpreted performance Fri 24 Jan
Runs 60 mins / no interval
Book online >
£12
Age guidance: 12+

‘It takes more than dexterity to bring this timeless art to the forefront. It takes dazzling showmanship, spot-on comic timing and bucket-loads of style. It takes Mat Ricardo!’ ER Magazine

'The outstanding juggler of the cabaret and variety scene. Immensely skilled and very funny.'
Time Out

'Mat Ricardo is the Derren Brown of juggling' LoveFringe

With his fast hands, smart mouth and sharp suit, new circus pioneer, television and variety artiste, Mat Ricardo, is the 'Gentleman Juggler'.

Winner of Best Speciality Act at the London Cabaret Awards 2012 he brings a show packed full of big laughs, serious skills and breathtaking spectacle. Premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe to huge success, Showman is a marvel of object manipulation, and clever patter that's engaging and informed about the mystique and history of his noble craft.

www.matricardo.com

 

Man Drake (France)

Anatomia Publica  UK Premiere

Barbican Pit
Tue 21 > Sat 25 Jan  7.45pm
After-show discussion: Thu 23 Jan
Runs 55 mins / no interval
Book online >
£16
Age guidance: 12+

Watch the video >

A soldier, missing in action and presumed dead, returns to find his wife living with another man. Inspired by war-time events in director Tomeo Vergés’ own family, Anatomia Publica  is the unsettling depiction of an unusual accommodation, a bizarre and tense ménage à trois.  

At the crossroads of dance and theatre the production unfolds as a gripping piece of physical story-telling in which fractured movement, sound and image clash, reinforce and contradict each other, the drama heightened by a thrumming soundscape.

After practicing as a doctor, Catalan-born dancer/director, Tomeo Vergés founded Man Drake in 1992. An original member of Maguy Marin’s famous May B company, he has also worked with François Verret and Régine Chopinot. The title Anatomia Publica refers to the anatomical dissection demonstrations which became a fashionable public spectacle in the 17th century. In this experimental comedy it’s surprising and surreal relationships which are explored.

www.tomeovergesmandrake.com

 

Spitfire Company (Czech Republic)

in association with Damuza Theater

One Step Before the Fall London Premiere


Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
Thu 23 > Sun 26 Jan Thu - Sat 7.45pm, Sun 3pm
After-show discussion: Sat 25 Jan
Runs 45 mins / no interval
Tickets: £17
Book online >
Age guidance: 12+

'Well deserved the standing ovation it received' Three Weeks (Edinburgh)

'A gut-wrenching tour-de-force' The Herald (Edinburgh)

Watch the video >

‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, you can’t hit what the eyes can’t see’

In the tight confines of a boxing ring, Veronika Kotlíková’s impassioned, power dance and a mesmerising wave of live voice and sound from Czech Grammy winner Lenka Dusilová converge in a single, unforgettable moment.

From one of the Czech Republic’s most exciting and dynamic young companies, One Step Before The Fall is an impressionistic vision of triumph and loss, physical combat and exhaustion, inspired by Muhammad Ali’s most challenging fight - his battle with Parkinson’s disease. It pulls no punches. It will blow you away.

Total Theatre Award nominee and Herald Angel winner at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.

www.spitfirecompany.cz

 

Vamos Theatre (UK)

Finding Joy  London Premiere

Jacksons Lane
Fri 24 > Sat 25 Jan Fri & Sat 8pm, plus Sat 3pm
After-show discussion: Fri 24 Jan
Runs 105 mins including interval
Tickets: £14.95 (£12.95 concessions)
Book online >
Age guidance: 12+

'Vamos is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most innovative, exciting full-mask mime companies currently touring. Finding Joy will only enhance its reputation... Tribulation and frustration are brilliantly transcended by comic inventiveness and an immensely affirmative joie de vivre. It is an intensely moving tribute and triumph. Catch it while you can' The Stage

A comic, anarchic, touching and heroic full mask adventure

Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory; her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When, out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, their unexpected and playful bond leads them into uncharted territory…

Based in Worcester, Vamos Theatre tours nationally and internationally, taking its unique style of innovative and engaging theatre to small and large communities alike. Almost always rooted in real life stories its work brims with visual inventiveness, original music, puppetry, dexterity, and sense of fun.

www.vamostheatre.co.uk

 

Citta Di Ebla (Italy)

The Dead UK Premiere

Barbican Pit
Tue 28 Jan > Sat 1 Feb  7.45pm
After-show discussion: Wed 29 Jan

Runs 55 mins / no interval
Book online >
£16
Age guidance: 14+

James Joyce's short story The Dead, first published in 1914 in his anthology, Dubliners, culminates in a moment of epiphany. At the Morkan sisters’ grand dance and dinner party, a song heard by chance poignantly reminds a married woman of her first love, a young man who died for her sake. The consequences are far reaching, Using real-time, projected, photographic images to counterpoint the action on stage, Città di Ebla’s production is a strikingly contemporary and impressionistic reinvention of Joyce’s novella, evoking both passion and nostalgia.

Founded in Forli, in 2004, Città di Ebla plays a leading role in Italy’s network of innovative theatre makers. This production, created by director Claudio Angelini and designer/photographer Luca Di Filippo, premiered at the Romaeuropa Festival in 2012.

www.cittadiebla.com

 

Compagnie 111 / Aurélien Bory/ Stéphanie Fuster (France)

What’s Become of You?  (Questcequetudeviens?) UK Premiere

Barbican Theatre
Thu 30 Jan - Sat 1 Feb  7.45pm
After-show discussion: Thu 30 Jan
Audio-described performance: Sat 1 Feb

Runs 60 mins / no interval
Book online >
£16-£28
Age guidance: 8+

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It starts with a guitar in the darkness.
In a beautifully stark setting, Aurélien Bory’s creation for Stéphanie Fuster explores the lure of flamenco, its familiar heat and passion refined to their essence as a powerful, personal story unfolds.

Born in Toulouse, Stéphanie Fuster went to Seville to immerse herself in flamenco dance and lifestyle, becoming a soloist with the Israel Galvan Company among other famous names of the new generation.
Director/choreographer Aurélien Bory paints stage pictures impossible to forget. Five of his visually stunning productions have previously featured at the Mime Festival, including his spatial trilogy culminating with More or Less Infinity, Sans Objet for two acrobats and industrial robot, and most recently at the Barbican, his astonishing Les 7 Planches de la Ruse with the Chinese Acrobats of Dalian.

His response to Stéphanie Fuster’s commission takes flamenco in a new direction. The traditional elements are there, with live vocals and guitar, but the context is different - this is the portrait of an artist, an emancipated woman in search of herself, who lives and who dies.

With Stéphanie Fuster dance / José Sanchez guitar / Alberto Garcia voice

www.c111.com

 

Gecko (UK)

Missing  Created by Amit Lahav 

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House
Fri 31 Jan > Sat 1 Feb Fri & Sat 7.45pm, Sat mat 3pm
After-show discussion: Fri 31 Jan
Runs 75 mins / no interval
Book online >
Tickets: £20/£17.50/£12.50/£7
£12 (Students)
Age guidance: 12+

'A kind of restless delirium, dense with poetic effect' The Guardian

'Gecko seems to have mastered a new form of communication in which sounds and movement convey meaning more effectively than words' Total Theatre

Watch the video >

Lily is on a collision course with her past. Her future depends on how much she is willing to remember…

Devised by Amit Lahav’s dynamic, physical dance-theatre company, Gecko, Missing opens up a delicious world of warped imagery and beautiful music, stunning design and unusual choreography.

Founded in 2001 and committed to making visual, visceral, ambitious and original theatre, Gecko is an expanding international ensemble with a string of successful shows to its name. A hit at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, Missing is a thrillingly staged exploration of the human psyche, an astonishing piece of visual storytelling.

www.geckotheatre.com

 

Workshops

Workshop bookings will open at midday on Tuesday 5th November.

HOW TO BE A STUPID - or
The Clown's Intelligence

Led by Angela de Castro
in association with The Why Not Institute
Mon 6 – Fri 17 January 2014 (break days Sat 11-Sun 12 Jan) 9am - 6pm
£597 for the 10 days
London venue – details will be released to confirmed participants
Email: whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and a booking form
Early booking is advised as Angela’s courses sell-out very quickly

Back at LIMF by popular demand, renowned clown Angela de Castro teaches her unique full-time, full-on 10 day workshop exploring the state of clown and clown persona development.  An intense, inspiring, challenging and transformatory journey, with laughs and play along the way, this workshop is a rare opportunity to discover the secrets of the clown in a supportive environment.
For beginners and those who just want an experience of personal development, the course will take you on a journey of discovery. For those who are already clowns, this process will help you find truthfulness and depth in your clowning, encompassing the tragic as much as the comic.  
 Angela de Castro has been awarded fellowships by NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, the Arts Foundation, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is internationally recognised for her research, performing, teaching and promotion of the art of clowning.
Come prepared for challenges and change. Places are strictly limited.

CLOWNING IN TRAGEDY AND SERIOUS THEATRE
Led by Angela de Castro
in association with The Why Not Institute
Mon 20 – Fri 24 January 2014 9am - 6pm
London venue – details will be released to confirmed participants
£297 for the 5 days
Email: whynotinstitute@aol.com for more information and a booking form
Early booking is advised as Angela’s courses sell-out very quickly

Five day, full time workshop for experienced clowns and theatre/performance practitioners who have already completed the 10 day Angela de Castro clown workshop, How To Be A Stupid, and for other very experienced clowns.

This advanced workshop addresses the use of the state of clowning in tragic and serious theatre, exploring themes such as death, betrayal, violence and other serious subjects. The use of the state of clowning in such contexts brings a completely different dynamic in the approach to scene development and character, conception and playing. It offers practitioners tools and choices to enhance their performance and the courage to pursue emotions and situations that are uncomfortable, but nevertheless mirror life as it is.

This workshop has an emphasis on exploring how clown training can prepare actors for performing plays which are not generally regarded as comic but in which the emotional engagement can be heightened by incorporating clowning techniques in training, rehearsal and performance. Central to the work is to incorporate the clown's inherent naivety, bafflement and optimism to intensify the emotions felt by the audience as they watch a hero or heroine moving inexorably towards some catastrophe. What modern clown techniques offer is a whole new way of communicating that vision to the audience.

Angela de Castro has been developing this specific workshop over the last ten years in collaboration with the acting departments of universities in Germany and Scotland. This is the first time it is being offered in London.

BROADEN YOUR MIME
Led by Nola Rae
Fri 10 > Sat 11 Jan, 10am - 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama,
Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3HY
£120
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

An intensive workshop on how to create textless theatre, paying special attention to articulation, rhythm and quality of movement and gesture.
Learn to move one part of the body at a time for maximum effect. Learn to bounce ideas around. Learn that visual comedy is the art of eliminating
the extraneous. Learn that comedy can be a well-timed trip, or just a raised eyebrow and a slow smirk. In this workshop the ‘fourth wall’ disappears,
emotions are projected outwards and quirky, ingenious ideas of performance explored. 
For the enthusiastic student, professional or amateur, who is reasonably fit and not afraid to move.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and flexible shoes and bring one juggling ball and a yoga mat or towel for floor work.
Nola Rae trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and with Marcel Marceau in Paris. She has created 10 solo shows and 5 two-person shows to date. Her long performing career has taken her to 68 countries. As a director and subverter of tragedies into comic plays, Nola has adapted works by Shakespeare, Strindberg, Ibsen, Dumas and Bram Stoker among others, winning the Funniest Play of the Year Award in Sweden for her version of Lorca’s;The House of Bernarda Alba. Lately, she has been working in opera productions as movement director for the tenor and director, Rolando Villazon. 
Nola has performed many times at the London International Mime Festival which she founded with Joseph Seelig in 1977. She was appointed MBE in 2008.

PUPPETS AND THE UNSPOKEN SCRIPT WORKSHOP
Led by Mervyn Millar
Sat 25 Jan, 10am – 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London 
NW3 3HY 

£60
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

A one-day workshop for performers with an interest in puppetry and physical performance. You should ideally have an interest in or some experience with puppetry, but beginners will certainly benefit.
We will work on developing a sense of how different types of puppet can be read by an audience and achieving clarity in wordless performance - what are the tools and techniques we need to use in puppetry.
Mervyn Millar is the director of Significant Object and a director and designer of puppets. He has worked extensively in puppetry, theatre and opera including a long association with Handspring - (Crow, War Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me). He has directed the puppetry for War Horse in London, New York, Toronto and Berlin and has been part of the creative team from the first workshops. He has written a book about the making of the show, The Horse's Mouth: Staging Morpurgo's War Horse.

CREATIVE PRACTICE WORKSHOP
Led by David Glass
Sat 18 Jan, 10am – 5pm
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London 
NW3 3HY
£60
Bookings: www.eventbrite.co.uk

A practical experience of the creative process, led by one of the founding figures of physical theatre in the UK.
The workshop will be valuable for anyone involved in devised theatre wanting to explore the five stages of Creative Process: Preparation, Origination, Organisation, Presentation and Reflection.
By going through each stage, participants will gain an understanding of creativity that will inform and enrich their own work.
Participants should have some experience of making theatre.
Trained as a dancer and mime, David Glass is a writer, director and teacher. In the 1980s he toured internationally as a soloist, and in the 1990s established the David Glass Ensemble, producing a series of influential and successful shows including Popeye, Les Enfants du Paradis, La Dolce Vita and Gormenghast. In 2000 he began The Lost Child Project to engage with street children in developing countries through the medium of visual theatre, and in which his many collaborators included Amit Lahav, co-founder of Gecko. It was during this time that he formulated the Creative Process.

THE POETIC BODY  
Taught by Thomas Prattki, Founder and Director of LISPA, and other members of the LISPA team
Sat 18> Sun 19 Jan 10am > 4pm
London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU
£120 for the two days
Bookings: welcome@lispa.co.uk or call 020 8215 3390
Website: www.lispa.co.uk

This weekend workshop explores the idea of embodiment as a key element in the process of developing original art.  Through use of the Neutral Mask, a cornerstone of LISPA’s teaching philosophy, participants are invited to make links between movement and emotion, life and art, the physical body and the poetic body. Additionally the work will serve to gain a deeper understanding of the essential dynamic forces within any art form, their vital function in the construction of artistic work, and how to apply them to dramatic creation. This workshop is designed for those practitioners interested in exploring physical theatre. It also serves as a preparation for the Devising Theatre and Performance workshop.

DEVISING THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
Taught by Thomas Prattki, Founder and Director of LISPA, and other members of the LISPA team
Sat 25> Sun 26 Jan 10am > 4pm
London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), 3 Mills Studios, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU
£120 for the two days
Bookings: welcome@lispa.co.uk or call 020 8215 3390
Website: www.lispa.co.uk

The idea of the performer as a creator of her/his own work is no longer a fringe phenomenon, but reflects the broad desire of an entire generation of performers to develop their very own artistic voice and to take creative responsibility in shaping their vision of life. This two-day workshop offers an introduction to both collaborative and individually devised theatre and performance practice. It addresses all performers, dancers, actors, directors and teachers who have a specific interest in the idea of devising original work.

Both LISPA workshops can be booked for £225.

 

Venues 2014

Please allow extra time for travel, especially at weekends. For up to date travel information use the route planner at Transport for London >

Please note: latecomers cannot be admitted

BARBICAN
Città di Ebla
Compagnie 111/Aurélien Bory/Stéphanie Fuster
Man Drake
Barbican Theatre and The Pit

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS 

Tickets: 0845 120 7511
(£3.50 transaction fee applies) 

Book online > 
(£2 transaction fee applies)

Tube/train: Barbican, Moorgate

Access: Please contact Box Office 0845 120 7511 or email access@barbican.org.uk
Groups: Buy 10 or more tickets and save 20%. 020 7382 7211. Conditions apply.

Families: Up to four under 16s at half price with each full paying adult. Conditions apply.

JACKSONS LANE

Vamos Theatre
269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA

Tickets: 020 8341 4421
Book online >
Transaction fee: £1.95 by phone & online

Tube: Highgate
Buses: 43, 134, 263, N20, N134 & N43

Access: jacksonslane.org.uk
Concessions: Senior Citizens, students, under 16s and unwaged, with proof of status. Registered carers attend free of charge with ID.

LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE
Mat Ricardo
6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX
Tickets: 08448 733 433 Open Mon-Sat 2.30pm-8pm, Sun 2-6pm
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Booking fees apply except in person at the Box Office.
Phone: £1.75 per ticket
Online: £1.50 per ticket
Booking Fees capped at £4
For further information and access: leicestersquaretheatre.com
Or email boxoffice@leicestersquaretheatre.com
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Buses: frequent buses along Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross Road
Check online at journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk

PLATFORM THEATRE
Compagnie Non Nova/Phia Ménard
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London,
Handyside Street, King's Cross, London N1C 4AA.
Handyside Street is off York Way, west of the junction with Copenhagen St. Venue map >
Online sales only

Book online for L'Apres-Midi d'un Foehn:
Wed 8 Jan 5pm >
Thu 9 Jan 5pm >
Fri 10 Jan 5pm >
Sat 11 Jan 3pm >
Sat 11 Jan 5pm >

Book online for Vortex:
Wed 8 Jan 8pm >
Thu 9 Jan 8pm >
Fri 10 Jan 8pm >
Sat 11 Jan 8pm >


Door sales: Any unsold tickets will be available for sale on the door 1 hour before the performance
- please email tickets@mimelondon.com if you have any questions. Please note that we can not sell tickets over the phone, only online.
Tube/Train: King's Cross, St Pancras.
Leave King's Cross tube via Pancras Road/Regent's Canal exit.

Access: email platformboxoffice@arts.ac.uk

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Compagnie MPTA/Mathurin Bolze
Gecko
Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD 

Tickets: 020 7304 4000

Book online > 
(Transaction fee applies) 

(Transaction fee applies) 

Tube: Covent Garden

Buses: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 501 (southbound only), 505, 521, X68, RV1

Access: roh.org.uk 



SOUTHBANK CENTRE
Compagnie Philippe Genty
Fet a Mà
Jakop Ahlbom & Alamo Race Track
Patrice Thibaud & Philippe Leygnac
Spitfire Company

Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tickets: 0844 847 9910
Book online >
 (Transaction fee applies)

Tube: Charing Cross, Embankment, Waterloo

Train: Waterloo, Waterloo East & Charing Cross

Buses: stops on Waterloo Bridge, Stamford Street, Belvedere Road & York Road 

Access: southbankcentre.co.uk, phone 0844 875 0073 or email accesslist@southbankcentre.co.uk