2019 Festival

Let’s hear it for visual theatre!

LIMF 2019 took place between 9 January – 3 February. 7 UK companies and 8 from overseas gave 68 performances; 2 rare silent movie classics were screened with specially composed live music accompaniment and 10 different workshops took place over 31 days of teaching. Overall attendance reached almost 90%, a total of some 18,000 spectators.

As always, a huge ‘thank you’ to LIMF’s fantastic invited artists, workshop leaders, post-show discussion facilitators, venue partner directors and staff and LIMF’s own wonderful production team. Thank you to our funders and supporters, and to our large adventurous audiences keen to enter a different world.

See you next time! Watch this space.

Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig  Festival Directors

“The London international mime festival has helped the theatre flex its physical muscles.” Observer

“An explosively inventive programme of visual performance” Evening Standard

“LIMF is not made for those who like absolute certainty…. and if there is one thing LIMF has demonstrated over the years, it is that open-endedness is a bonus, not a deficiency. This way, the audience can question and decide what it is they have witnessed, when there are no words to tell them what to think. The annual gala of physical theatre shows no sign of slowing down” Guardian

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Barely Methodical Troupe
SHIFT
9-12 Jan. Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins
"Artistry that goes beyond thrills and spills" Scotsman
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Olivier de Sagazan
TRANSFIGURATION
10-11 Jan. Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
"Sensational and magnificent" Le Temps
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Theatre Re
BIRTH
10-13 Jan. Shoreditch Town Hall
"Profoundly moving" BBC Front Row
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Green Ginger
INTRONAUTS
11-13 Jan. Jacksons Lane
"An inspired mix of art and lunacy" Guardian
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Les Antliaclastes
WALTZ OF THE HOMMELETTES
15-19 Jan. Barbican, The Pit
"Deliciously irreverent" Toutelaculture
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Thick & Tight
A NIGHT WITH THICK & TIGHT
17-19 Jan. Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells
"Fantastically talented" Total Theatre
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Xavier Bobés
THINGS EASILY FORGOTTEN
17-20 Jan. Jacksons Lane
"…a magician manipulating time itself" Putxinelli
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Cinema - Buster Keaton
THE GENERAL (U)
20 Jan. Barbican Cinema 1
"Almost certainly the funniest silent film ever made" Telegraph
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Focus & Chaliwaté
BACKUP
21-23 Jan. Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room
"Rarely is so much accomplished" Scotsman
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Théâtre de l’Entrouvert
ANYWHERE
22-26 Jan. Barbican, The Pit
"The design, the puppet and its realisation are pure genius" Toutelaculture
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Gecko
THE WEDDING
24-26 Jan. Barbican Theatre
"Bursts with the joy of union" Guardian
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Thomas Monckton/Circo Aereo
THE ARTIST
24-27 Jan. Southbank Centre's Purcell Room
"Embodies the art of laughter" Times
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Plexus Polaire
CHAMBRE NOIRE
25-27 Jan. Jacksons Lane
"Compelling... the stuff of theatre magic" officialtheatre.com
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Peeping Tom
FATHER (VADER)
30 Jan - 2 Feb. Barbican Theatre
"Their talent is terrifying" Le Monde
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Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley
SPRING
31 Jan - 2 Feb. Sadler's Wells
"So clever...exhilarating" Culture Whisper
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Stan's Cafe
THE CAPITAL
31 Jan - 2 Feb. Jacksons Lane
"A masterclass in composition" The Stage
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Cinema - Victor Sjöström
HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (12A)
3 Feb. Barbican Cinema 1
"Compelling and exceptionally well-executed silent drama" Rotten Tomatoes
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Workshops
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
9 workshop opportunities for you
7 Jan - 3 Feb. Jacksons Lane and other venues
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After Show Discussions

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Our popular after show discussions, free to ticket holders, give audiences a chance to chat to the performers.

Dates:

Thu 10 Jan Olivier de Sagazan Diana Damian
Fri 11 Jan Barely Methodical Troupe Kate White
Sat 12 Jan Green Ginger following 3pm perf Sarah Wright
Sat 12 Jan Theatre Re Sacha Lee
Thu 17 Jan Les Antliaclastes Diana Damian
Thu 17 - Sun 20 Jan Xavier Bobés discussion part of all perfs
Fri 18 Jan Thick & Tight Martin Hargeaves
Tue 22 Jan Focus & Chaliwaté Guillaume Pigé
Thu 24 Jan Théâtre de l’Entrouvert Guillaume Pigé
Fri 25 Jan Gecko Tarek Iskander
Sat 26 Jan Thomas Monckton / Circo Aereo following 3pm perf Donald Hutera
Sat 26 Jan Plexus Polaire following 8pm perf Simon Hart
Thu 31 Jan Gandini Juggling with Alexander Whitley Thomas Wilson
Fri 1 Feb Peeping Tom Donald Hutera
Sat 2 Feb Stan's Cafe following 2.30pm perf Lyn Gardner

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Deaf and hearing impaired performances

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Most shows at the Festival have a strong visual narrative with little or no use of speech.

Shows without any, or minimal text, accessible to all
Cinema - He Who Gets Slapped with live music
Cinema - The General with live music
Focus & Chaliwaté
Gandini Juggling with Alexander Whitley
Green Ginger
Olivier de Sagazan
Stan's Cafe
Theatre Re
Thomas Monckton / Circo Aereo

Shows involving some spoken word
Barely Methodical Troupe
Gecko - download the sound world information sheet here >
Les Antliaclastes - short voiceover of fairy-tale, text available on the door with the free-sheet programmes
Xavier Bobés - text provided for anyone who needs it - mention at time of booking
Théâtre de l’Entrouvert - short voice-over, text available on the door with the free-sheet programmes

BSL/surtitled performances
Peeping Tom - BSL interpreted performance and post-show discussion Fri 1 Feb
Plexus Polaire - Performance with English surtitles Sat 4pm

Workshops

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Workshops from:

Angela de Castro
David Glass
Didi Hopkins (fully booked)
Green Ginger (fully booked)
LISPA
Mervyn Millar
Guillaume Pigé (fully booked)
Nola Rae (fully booked)
François Testory

Full details here >