Lindsay Kemp 1938-2018 and François Testory Workshop

    Kemp holds a boa constrictor in a performance as Salome at the Roundhouse, London, 1977 Photograph: Frank Barratt/Getty Images

    Very sad news about the death at 80 of Lindsay Kemp, student of Marcel Marceau, teacher of David Bowie and Kate Bush and a truly legendary figure in the world of mime and dance. We are honoured that he appeared at LIMF’95 with Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells. Whenever we give a presentation about how the festival started, we always talk about Lindsay’s work and how influential it was. François Testory, Lindsay Kemp Company member for many years, will give a special workshop 2-3 February to celebrate the life of his mentor. See below.

    Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan
    Festival Directors

    The Transgressive and Transcendent Performer. Led by François Testory

    Sat 2 – Sun 3 Feb
    Sat 12 noon – 10pm, Sun 10am – 2pm
    Jacksons Lane
    Cost: £125 (£110 concessions)

    François Testory’s career as physical theatre performer, dancer and vocalist spans forty years. He has worked with some of Europe’s most innovative directors and companies including DV8, Ballet Rambert, Punch Drunk, Rose English, Terry Gilliam, Neil Bartlett, Clod Ensemble, Gecko and Lindsay Kemp, recently becoming an Associate of The David Glass Ensemble.

    Beginning by placing participants deep within their emotional and imaginative body, François will lead an exploration of the dark poetics of desire, passion, transgression and transcendence that were the hallmarks of Kemp’s approach to theatre and to life.

    At the end of Day 1, David Glass will interview François about his life with Lindsay Kemp. On Day 2 participants will explore characters from Kemp’s work: Divine (Flowers), Salome, and The Poet (Cruel Garden).

    Book now through Jacksons Lane >

    Lindsay Kemp Obituary in The Guardian >