Every week, hundreds of performers go out into the world to become mimes.
Never to be heard from again.
Luckily, the London International Mime Festival is around to sing their praises and toot their own trumpets for them, and it’s very slowly rolling its (invisible) wagon into town for the 2019 festival this very month.
Taking place at venues scattered across London, it’s an eclectic mix of eccentric, athletic, jaw-dropping, intimate and generally excellent performances plucked from the vast range of disciplines that come under the ‘mime’ umbrella. Featuring performers from around the globe, expect everything from large scale productions by Olivier Award winning troupes, to intimate one-mime shows – or, more specifically, expect:
- Intronauts – a show about miniaturized human workers injected into people’s bodies in order to carry out essential maintenance.
- The Artist – a collaboration between Thom Monckton’s and Circo Aereo, in which he’ll essentially defy the laws of physics while also painting a masterpiece.
- The Wedding – from physical theatre troupe Gecko, it brings the union between state and individual into question “amid a flurry of white dresses”.
- Chambre Noire – a wild hallucination around the hotel death-bed of Valerie Jean Solanas, who was a writer, radical feminist, and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol.
But that’s not all. Because – besides a host of other exceptional shows incorporating acrobatics, mask performance and puppetry – you’ll also find stuffed into their programme live art installations; post-show talks and discussions; and mime workshops on everything from ‘Trash-Hack’ to ‘How to Be a Stupid’.
Apparently it all comes down to thinking inside the box.
NOTE: The London International Mime Festival takes place between 9th January and 3rd February at various venues across London. You can find out more about what’s on and book tickets right HERE.
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