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While a blind old man walks around his room with unsteady steps, a story of love, courage, hope and unquenchable vision unfolds. Blind Man's Song, is a tale of one man's rage against the world of darkness. Inspired by Rene Magritte's paintings, the dead-end world of Samuel Beckett and interviews with blind and visually impaired people, it uses theatre, mime, sound and original live music in exploring the power of imagination to seek wisdom beyond our senses.
World Premiere. Age guidance: 8+. Running time: 55mins with no interval.
Part of the London International Mime Festival
'Cirque a l'ancienne' from Belgium, performed in traditional commedia dell'arte style. For six generations the Ronaldo family has toured Flanders with its beautiful gypsy caravans and eccentric, hand-made mix of circus and theatre. Since its first ever overseas appearance at the 1998 Mime Festival, Circus Ronaldo has gone on to win hearts around the world.
A night at the circus like no other. Belgium's much-loved Circus Ronaldo harks back to the days of travelling fairground theatre, a warm-hearted Felliniesque world of uncomplicated popular entertainment. Amortale is Adam and Eve's love story, or would be if other people didn't keep getting in the way. Performed on the Ronaldo's antique and distinctly wobbly stage, it mixes tragedy and clowning, opera, circus, marionettes, and a touch of arson. Bathe in its old-world charm, skill and humour. Circus Ronaldo has been a regular visitor to London International Mime Festival since giving its first ever performances outside Flanders at LIMF 1998. Since then, it has toured its hand-crafted brand of commedia-circus far and wide.
Queen Elizabeth Hall. Part of London International Mime Festival (LIMF)
When the time comes, will anyone really care? Welcome to Gecko's Institute, where forgotten stories and re-cycled memories pour out of filing cabinets and endless corridors. Four gripping journeys collide in an extraordinary world of breathtaking movement and exquisite storytelling. Martin longs for one more breath with Margaret. Daniel climbs higher and higher over a towering world but will he fulfil his ambition? Stuck in this beguiling maze of officialdom they lurch from one outrageous task to another. But who is giving the orders? We have plunged into what it means to care. We have spoken to our elders, colleagues and friends, witnessed those on the edges of society, and looked at the world around us. For two years we have honed and crafted INSTITUTE - an intimate dissection of the way we nurture and care for ourselves and each other.
Recommended age 14+. Running time: 1hr 15mins. Created by Amit Lahav
Part of the London International Mime Festival (LIMF). Linbury Studio
Jealousy: the fear of losing your loved one. Funny and colourful in childhood, an unstoppable and eventually violent emotion in some adults. Pathos explores the mechanism of passionate love, from the first sight to its very conclusion. Without words, through symbolic images and dreamlike projections while making use of commedia dell arte, pantomime, grammelot, clownerie and white masks, we describe the most unpredictable and bloody aspect of every passionate feeling: love.
Part of the Mimetic Festival
Oozing with whimsy, dripping with charm and magnificently mad, rubber-limbed Trygve is his own animator in a cartoon world. Guileless and innocent - even at his most risqu?, this award-winning, Gaulier-trained clown is a physical comedian in a class of his own.
Trygve Wakenshaw's KRAKEN is 'a blissfully funny hour of physical stream-of-consciousness' (Time Out), the delirious follow up to his Edinburgh and London 2013 smash hit, SQUIDBOY. Starting with a brilliant, elasticized strip-tease entrance that confirms Marx's dictum of history repeating itself, first as tragedy then as farce, Kraken is a masterpiece of absurd sensibility that follows its own zany logic. London Premiere. Age guidance: 16+. Contains nudity. Running time: 60mins with no interval.
Part of the London International Mime Festival (LIMF)