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The Wedding – Barbican, London

black and white image of five people at work

Creator: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Physical-theatre company Gecko give a whole new meaning to the idea of being married to your job in their new show The Wedding which arrives at the Barbican for a short run as part of the London International Mime Festival. Known for their integrative approaches to storytelling that often combines dance, movement and music, this ...

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Anywhere – Barbican, London

Performers and Directors: Elise Vigneron, Hélène Barreau Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The capital’s longest running theatre festival, the London International Mime Festival, continues with the small but perfectly packaged Anywhere by French company, Le Théâtre de L’Entrouvert; theatre of the half-open. Figuring Oedipus as an ice puppet, Anywhere is simultaneously exquisite and underwhelming. Performed by Elise Vigneron and Hélèle Barreau, this is the ...

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Waltz of the Hommelettes – The Barbican, London

Creator and Director: Patrick Sims Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Of all the cultural events a new year brings January in London is really dedicated to two important fringe celebrations; while the Vaults Festival under the arches of Waterloo begins its eight-week run shortly, with over 40 years of experience the London International Mime Festival is always the first big event of ...

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Lebensraum – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Jakop Ahlbom Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the advantages of twenty-first-century living is the freedom to design your perfect life. Whether you want a 9-5 job and domestic harmony or flexible working and endless travel, increasingly people are discovering new ways to balance their various needs. For the more scientifically-minded this could even mean inventing something or someone entirely new ...

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Mother –  The Barbican, London

Creator: Peeping Tom Director: Gabriela Carrizo Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nightmares have never looked so beautiful than in Mother, the new show by Peeping Tom, the cult dance company from Belgium. On the wide stage of the Barbican, dancers are staccato lightning-bolts electrified by grief and unrequited love; they come together to produce wondrous and shocking tableaux of loss. In the ...

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Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air) – Barbican Pit, London

Writer: Magali Rousseau Director: Camille Trouve Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The joy of unassisted flight is one of humanities long-cherished dreams, but one that has resulted in failure for all those who have tried. Icarus’ most famous attempt was always doomed, and whatever R Kelly believes he would be no more successful than his mythical counterpart. Yet we dream on. Which ...

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Bêtes de Foire: Petit Théâtre de Gestes – The Barbican, London

Creators and Directors: Laurent Cabrol and Elsa de Witte Reviewer: Richard Maguire Playing as part of the London International Mime Festival, Bêtes de Foire, at the Barbican’s Pit theatre, doesn’t exceed anyone’s expectations of what mime entails, but this small circus show from France is executed with such old-world charm that it’s hard not to be swept away. The London ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Joseph Seelig

The London International Mime Festival has been attracting audiences to its eclectic and ground-breaking offerings since 1977. Now in its 38th year, Paul Couch spoke to festival Artistic Director Joseph Seelig. The 2014 London International Mime Festival kicks off on January 8. What can we expect? Another terrific season of innovative and boundary-breaking visual theatre; a carefully curated, selected, group ...

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