London International Mime Festival at Southbank Centre

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 13:09

Hear the word mime and what do you think? Marcel Marceau? White face paint and Breton stripe shirts? Someone pretending to walk into a strong head wind? Well, put down your immovable suitcase and prepare to have your preconceptions blown apart the 2020 London International Mime Festival, an annual celebration of contemporary visual theatre.

This is the 44th year of the festival, which hosts performances across the capital, including right here at Southbank Centre. For one week this January, our Purcell Room will be taken over by three successive performances from the festival, each one offering something different. From the tender dance of BOYS, to Anima’s acrobatic exploration of breath, and the incredible hand-eye displays of Zebra, we’re in for quite a week.

BOYS by The PappyShow

20 January & 21 January, 7.45pm

Winner of the Origins Outstanding Work Award at London’s VAULT Festival, BOYS, is a joyful, electric, occasionally raw but always tender dance performance that uncovers the many facets of maleness. Unscripted, and with each story told afresh by its cast of young men, the show from physical theatre ensemble The PappyShow celebrates male tenderness, silliness, vulnerability and community. See reflections of those you know in this impressive physical performance.

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Anima by Joli Vyann

22 January & 23 January, 7.45pm

Anima by Joli Vyann

How does breath affect our emotions? Our physicality? Our very being? Joli Vyann’s new show Anima, here for its London premiere, blends dance and acrobatics to take us from the cradle to the grave through an intimate look at the simple, yet constant, act of breathing. Watch the two performers and a live Taiko drummer push themselves to the limits of their physicality using dance, circus, voice and wind instruments.

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Zebra by Wes Peden

24 January - 26 January, 3pm or 7.45pm

Wes Peden has been described as ‘one of the most innovative jugglers worldwide’. In this London premiere of his new solo show, Zebra, he presents never-before-seen sequences of evolving shapes and constellations. Deploying incredible new throws and catches, he transforms his many props into mesmerising waves of movement. See why Peden’s talent has earned him awards including the Cirque de Demain in four performances here at Southbank Centre.

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