Directed by Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, the London International Mime Festival returns to the capital from Saturday the 9th January to Saturday the 6th February 2016 and the full line up has been announced.

This unique event features a wide range of theatrical performances from artists all across the world and showing in some of London’s best known venues such as the Barbican, Soho Theatre, Jacksons Lane and the Southbank Centre.

Over twenty-nine days, 18 different companies will perform the newest and best in contemporary theatre including circus, live animation, puppetry, physical and visual theatre.

Companies included in the festival next year will include:

Svalbard (Sweden) – bending the edges of contemporary circus, the company blends it with theatre and physical comedy to create an original piece of theatre that is as surreal as it is awe-inspiring. All Genius All Idiot will be performing at Jacksons Lane from the 3rd to the 6th February 2016.

Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois (France) – showing at the Barbican from the 3rd to the 6th February 2016, a cast of six will attempt to defy the laws of gravity in He Who Falls in a performance that mixes contemporary dance and circus that challenges its performers.

4 Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois 'He Who Falls' at Barbican Theatre  © Géraldine Aresteanu
Compagnie Yoann Bourgeois ‘He Who Falls’ at Barbican Theatre © Géraldine Aresteanu.

Figurentheater Tűbingen (Germany) – also showing at the Barbican, three puppeteers invite audiences to see their cabinet of curiosities. The show Wunderkammer is making its London premiere from the 2nd to the 6th February.

The Wrong Crowd (UK) – the company’s world premiere of Kite will be showing at the Soho Theatre from the 26th to the 27th January 2016. It is a production without any words, but features original music, dance and puppetry. It is a love song to the wind, freedom and the joy of play.

Xavier Bobès (Spain) – premiering in the UK, Things easily Forgotten is an unusual piece of theatre that has become a strong part of Bobès work in the past. The production is filled with sights and sounds that helps to explore themes of memory and identity. It will be showing at the Southbank Centre from the 21st to the 24th January 2016.

For a more information on who else will be performing at the 2016 London International Mime Festival (9th January-6th February) and to book tickets visit: http://www.mimelondon.com/ . 

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