London International Mime Festival brings together the best contemporary visual theatre from around the world, at venues across the capital.
Kick-start the New Year with our selection of innovative physical and visual theatre from around the world, including three festival co-commissioned works from British companies: Arbonauts, Gandini Juggling and Vamos.
At The Peacock, Jakop Ahlbom’s five star Horror team returns with another movie-inspired masterpiece, Lebensraum, while at the Barbican two large-scale shows from Belgium see the return of 2015 Olivier Award winners, Peeping Tom, and the UK premiere of epic and extraordinary Toneelhuis/FC Bergman. Elsewhere there’s exquisite object and mechanical theatre from France, 19th century stage magic from Finland, a heartwarming Mexican wedding and, as always, breathtaking new circus-theatre at the start of the year in which we celebrate the 250th anniversary of this artform, pioneered by Phillip Astley in London in 1768.
All this plus a rarely-seen silent movie classic with live piano accompaniment, discussions, and workshops in puppetry and physical/visual theatre led by internationally-renowned professionals.
For people who are deaf or hearing-impaired most shows have a strong visual narrative with little or no use of speech except L’Insolite Mécanique (a text will be available) and Peeping Tom, which has a BSL interpreted performance on 26 January.