London International Mime Festival: what to see

The annual London International Mime Festival will return in 2019 with a line-up to leave you speechless
By Alice Saville |
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London International Mime Festival – the longest-running festival of its kind – has a lot more up its sleeves than clowning and whiteface. Go for everything from spectacular circus and mask theatre to Lynchian magic and juggling inspired by Indian classical dance.
 
London International Mime Festival will return for its 42nd edition in 2019. The provisional dates are Wednesday 9th January–Sunday 3rd February 2019. We'll be updating this page with info and events as they're announced, so keep checking back.

London International Mime Festival 2019

'Waltz of the Hommelettes' at LIMF 2019
©Emmanuel Dubost
Theatre, Experimental

Waltz of the Hommelettes

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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Fans of all things uncanny, look sharp: Les Antliaclastes are back at London International Mime Festival 2019 with a thoroughly creepy looking wordless performance. Masked performers, automatons, and puppets made of broken toys and animal skulls combine to act out a fairytale, which unfolds when a giant cuckoo clock chimes 13. 

Theatre, Experimental

Things Easily Forgotten

icon-location-pin Jacksons Lane, Highgate
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This magical micro-performance by Catalan artist Xavier Bobés whips through the history of Spain in the second half of the twentieth century, using nothing more than a tabletop and a handful of tiny props. It returns to the 2019 London International Mime Festival after a sell-out run in 2016.

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'A Night With Thick & Tight'
© Judita Kuniskyte
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

A Night With Thick & Tight

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Finsbury
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Dance duo Thick & Tight mix drama, lip-synching and queer aesthetics in this triple bill. They'll conjure up icons from Claude Cahun to Princess Di in a series of witty duets and solos. 

Gecko: 'The Wedding'
© Richard Haughton
Dance, Contemporary and experimental

Gecko: The Wedding

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
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Gecko's swirling dance piece 'The Wedding' dresses each cast member up as a bride, to explore the formal and emotional bonds between individuals and society, and the ties of tradition. 

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Thomas Monckton: 'The Artist'
© Antti Saukko
Theatre, Experimental

Thomas Monckton & Circo Aereo: The Artist

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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Mime Fest regular Thomas Monckton is a master of manipulating his own body, creating strange and hilarious physical works. His follow-up to his hit 'Only Bones' unfolds in a paint-splattered artists' studio, where attempts to create art result in total mayhem. 

Plexus Polaire: 'Chambre Noire'
© Shas Levshin
Theatre, Experimental

Chambre Noire

icon-location-pin Jacksons Lane, Highgate
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Valerie Jean Solanas is notorious for trying to murder Andy Warhol, and for her violent feminist text SCUM Manifesto. Puppetry company Plexus Polaire use life-size human puppets, jagged music, hallucinatory video imagery and plenty of wit to tell her story in their show 'Chambre Noire'. 

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Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley: Spring

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Finsbury
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Gandini Juggling have made their name with dazzling kaleidoscopic shows that use everything from balls to teacups to traffic cones to create intricate patterns in their air. Now, they're teaming up with contemporary dance choreographer Alexander Whitly that explores how the eye perceives colour, set to a bold soundtrack. 

'Backup'
© Anna Giolo
Theatre, Experimental

Focus & Chaliwaté: Backup

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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Brrrr! This frosty show creates a tiny Arctic landscape that's under threat from more than just chilly winds. Focus & Chaliwaté use lo-fi techniques and physical theatre to tell the story of a group of filmmakers who discover the threats of climate change first hand. 

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