2019 Festival

Welcome to the 2019 London International Mime Festival

UK artists are at the forefront of this year’s programme of contemporary visual theatre. Barely Methodical Troupe opens the festival with its latest acrobatic spectacular Shift at the Platform Theatre, whilst Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, and Gecko, make their main stage debuts at Sadler’s Wells and Barbican theatres respectively.

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 features 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. Returning guests with new productions include Plexus Polaire, Thomas Monckton, Les Antliaclastes, and Olivier Award winners Peeping Tom. Xavier Bobés reprises his atmospheric salon performance for an audience of five, Things Easily Forgotten.

As ever a wide range of workshops, artists’ talks and discussions complements the performance programme, which also features two classic silent films with live music at the Barbican Cinema.

Our work is widely accessible, but if you have specific questions that you’d like to ask us about the suitability of a show, please contact us. For our deaf and hearing-impaired audience, you can check our guidance notes.

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Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig  Festival Directors

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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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Xavier Bobés
THINGS EASILY FORGOTTEN
17-20 Jan. Jacksons Lane
"…a magician manipulating time itself" Putxinelli
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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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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
"Magnificent, funny and deeply human" Rue89
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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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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 James Pidgeon
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 Helen Lannaghan
Sat 26 Jan Thomas Monckton / Circo Aereo following 3pm perf Helen Lannaghan
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
LISPA
Mervyn Millar
Guillaume Pigé
Nola Rae
François Testory

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