2018 Festival

‘When you think you’ve seen it all, along comes FC Bergman’
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LIMF 2018 came to a spectacular conclusion on Saturday February 3rd with performances by British mask theatre experts Vamos, Holland’s Jakop Ahlbom Company, and the last night of a thrilling first visit to the UK by Belgium’s FC Bergman.

The festival’s fifteen companies played to packed theatres across London, with average attendance of 91% over the whole festival. All ten workshops were sold-out, leaving participants with new skills and insights into many different physical and visual theatre skills. The 250th anniversary of Phillip Astley’s invention of the circus ring was celebrated with circus-theatre productions from Fauna, Compagnie Mpta, Nacho Flores, Gandini Juggling and Betes de foire, plus a special screening of stunning 1925 German silent movie classic, Variety, accompanied by live music.

Our thanks go to the all the artists and technicians who made this one of the most outstanding festivals in LIMF’s forty-one year history, to our wonderful venue partners and their staff, to the LIMF team, to Arts Council England, to Institut français, to the Finnish Institute in London and our various other funders, and to the ticket buying public who supported us in such great number throughout the season.

LIMF 2018 has opened minds and eyes, has provoked, challenged and entertained. We’ll be back next year with more memorable experiences, artistic discoveries and surprises! Until then, find us on Facebook for events we think you’ll find interesting throughout the year, as well as upcoming festival news.

The LIMF 2019 programme will be announced online in late September – provisional dates are 9 Jan > 3 Feb.

Take a look back at the 2018 Festival – Choose from one of the event boxes below or start here >

Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig
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Thu 11 Jan: Kalle Nio / WHS
Friday 12 Jan: Fauna
Sat 13 Jan: Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan (4pm perf)
Sat 13 Jan: Cie MPTA
Mon 15 Jan: Gandini Juggling
Wed 17 Jan: Arbonauts
Thu 18 Jan: Bêtes de foire
Fri 19 Jan: Yasmine Hugonnet
Sat 20 Jan: Gabriela Muñoz
Thu 25 Jan: Sacekripa
Fri 26 Jan: Peeping Tom
Sat 27 Jan: L’Insolite Mécanique (3pm perf)
Sat 27 Jan: Nacho Flores
Thu 1 Feb: Jakop Ahlbom Co
Fri 2 Feb: Toneelhuis/FC Bergman
Sat 3 Feb: Vamos Theatre (3pm perf)


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THEATRE RE The Moving Reverie Led by Guillaume Pigé
ANGELA DE CASTRO How to be a Stupid
LISPA BERLIN The Poetic Body Led by Thomas Prattki
DIDI HOPKINS The Art of Commedia
NOLA RAE Broaden Your Mime
DOROTHY MAX PRIOR Dance Yourself Stupid
ANGELA DE CASTRO How to be Even More of a Stupid
DAVID GLASS Devised Theatre
LIZ WALKER Manipulate and Play
PAPER CINEMA An Introduction to Performing Live Animation

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