LIMF 2023 Programme Announcement
Mon 16 Jan – Sun 5 Feb
Outstanding physical and visual theatre – you see it here first!
Andrea Salustri (Germany/Italy) Materia
Compagnie Mossoux-Bonté (Belgium) The Great He-Goat
Compagnie Still Life (Belgium) Flesh
David Glass Ensemble (UK) Topi Dalmata (Italy)The Brides
Dorothy James & Andy Manjuck (USA) Bill’s 44th
Familie Flöz (Germany) Feste
Gandini Juggling (UK) The Games We Play – a lecture-demonstration
Not Standing (Belgium) Through the Grapevine
Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Canada) Famous Puppet Death Scenes
Peeping Tom (Belgium) Triptych: The Missing Door, The Lost Room, The Hidden Floor
Scarabeus (UK) Emerging
String Theatre (UK) A Water Journey
Theatre Re (UK) The Nature of Forgetting
Thick & Tight (UK) Tits and Teeth – a retrospective of a dazzling career
Told by an Idiot (UK) Charlie and Stan
From wedding party plans going hilariously wrong to famous puppet death scenes, from tales of the flesh to the secret life of polystyrene and a museum coming spookily alive at night, LIMF 2023 brings premieres of contemporary circus-theatre, puppetry, live art, extreme dance and non text-based drama from near and far. New shows from UK artists Scarabeus, and String Theatre explore themes of transgender identity and climate change respectively, and once again Gandini Juggling dazzle. There are first British showings of work from LIMF favourites Peeping Tom and Familie Flöz, David Glass directs an edgy Anglo/Italian co-production and Theatre Re and Told by an Idiot reprise their most recent hit shows, both LIMF co-commissions. Belgium’s current stunning creativity in physical and visual theatre is marked in four separate productions.
Complementing the performance programme will be the screening of a remarkable 1927 Todd Browning classic with live music accompaniment at the Barbican, and the festival’s usual range of workshops and master classes.
Our grateful thanks to everyone involved in creating this year’s festival, and to its core funder, Arts Council England, which has supported us from our first edition in 1977. Also to our partner venues: Barbican, Jacksons Lane, Little Angel Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Place and Wilton’s Music Hall.
Full programme details on our website from Monday 10 October.
LIMF is evolving. 2023 will be our 47th year and the last Mime Festival in its present form. We’ve decided it’s time to change direction and strike out independently. LIMF will continue to promote physical and visual theatre in co-presentations at different venues, maintain its consultancy and advisory role and encourage development of artists and innovative work. More to follow in due course at mimelondon.com
Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, Festival Directors
main photo: David Glass Ensemble (UK) Topi Dalmata (Italy) The Brides © Giacomo Gabrielli
preview picture: Mossoux-Bonté The Great He-Goat © Mikha Wajnrych