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EYE-POPPING VISUAL THEATRE FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

13 - 28 JANUARY 2007

www.mimefest.co.uk Mathurin Bolze Co


HELP WITH CHOOSING A SHOW

Welcome to the 29th London International Mime Festival. LIMF07 promises to be another great season of boundary-breaking, contemporary visual theatre, with performances by rising stars as well as a host of established names in the fields of circus arts, puppetry, physical theatre and live art. Returning to the Festival with productions new to the UK are brilliant, young, circus-inspired performers, Jean-Baptiste André and Mathurin Bolze from France, the Swiss duo of acrobat Martin Zimmermann and DJ Dimitri de Perrot, and perhaps most notably, the legendary Philippe Genty Company which makes its first visit to Britain in fifteen years.

SHOWS FOR FAMILIES (5+) Wolfe Bowart (p10/11) SHOWS FOR PARENTS WITH OLDER CHILDREN (12+) Jean-Baptiste André (p6) Mathurin Bolze Co (p22/23) Philippe Genty Co (p4/5) Rainpan 43 (p20/21) SHOWS FOR ADULTS Al Seed (p18) Company:Collisions (p9) Inspector Sands/Stamping Ground (p8/9) Rainpan 43 (p20/21) SHOWS USING CIRCUS SKILLS Jean-Baptiste André (p6) Mathurin Bolze Co (p22/23) Ockham's Razor (p14) Wolfe Bowart (p10/11) Zimmermann/de Perrot (p12/13)

Puppetry and animation fans won't want to miss a rare chance to see Faulty Optic's bizarre brand of mechanical theatre, and there's exciting work from other British companies including Al Seed, Company:Collisions, Ockham's Razor, Steven Whinnery, and the award-winning Inspector Sands/Stamping Ground Theatre joint venture. From Spain, Buchinger's Boot Marionettes make their UK debut, Switzerland's Philipp Boë offers a Magritte-inspired surreal detective tale, Complicité actor Jozef Houben explores the art of laughter, America's Rainpan 43 fuse vaudeville, ventriloquism, film and Beckett, and LaLaLuna weaves enchantment for all ages. John Fox, cofounder/artistic director of celebrated arts group Welfare State International is the inspirational speaker at this year's LIMF/Total Theatre Lecture.

SHOWS USING PUPPETRY/ ANIMATION/MASKS Buchinger’s Boot Marionettes (p19) Faulty Optic (p15) Philipp Boë (p16) Philippe Genty Co (p4/5) Steven Whinnery Co (p17) Wolfe Bowart (p10/11) SHOWS FOR PEOPLE WITH HEARING IMPAIRMENT Buchinger's Boot Marionettes (p19) Faulty Optic (p15) Jean-Baptiste André (p6) Mathurin Bolze Co (p22/23) Ockham's Razor (p14) Philippe Genty Co (p4/5) Wolfe Bowart (p10/11) Words, Sign & Vibes (p3) Zimmermann/de Perrot (p12/13)

We are grateful to our artists, funders, venue colleagues, friends and supporters for their help in realising this programme. In particular, we acknowledge the invaluable help and financial assistance of Arts Council England, without which this festival could not take place.

Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan, Directors Background photo: Philippe Genty Co

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SHOWS WITH SOME SPOKEN TEXT/SONG Al Seed (p18) Company:Collisions (p9) Inspector Sands/Stamping Ground (p8/9) Jozef Houben (lecture-demonstration) (p7) Mathurin Bolze Co (p22/23) Rainpan 43 (p20/21)

A large text version of this brochure is available at mimefest.co.uk or tel: 020 7637 5661

Please contact venues for full Access information. See pages 26-27 ANY QUESTIONS?

Email us at mimefest@easynet.co.uk with your query and we'll help you to choose whether a show would be suitable for you and your group. BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

Fri 19 Jan: Tue 23 Jan:

Inspector Sands(p8/9) Rainpan 43 (p20/21)

MEET THE ARTISTS AFTER THE SHOW

Sun 14 Jan: Mon 15 Jan: Wed 17 Jan: Thu 18 Jan: Fri 19 Jan: Sat 20 Jan: Mon 22 Jan: Mon 22 Jan: Tue 23 Jan: Thu 25 Jan: Fri 26 Jan: Sat 27 Jan: Sat 27 Jan: Sat 27 Jan:

Jean-Baptiste André Faulty Optic Rainpan 43 Inspector Sands & Stamping Ground Philipp Boë Philippe Genty Co Company:Collisions Ockham's Razor Steven Whinnery Co Mathurin Bolze Co Zimmermann/ de Perrot Wolfe Bowart Al Seed Buchinger's Boot Marionettes

WORDS, SIGNS & VIBES

The Front Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer Saturday 20 January, 5.30pm Free Enjoy songs from Oliver, Rent and other well known shows, transformed through sign language into a truly expressive and visual -  as well as musical - experience. More info at www.mimefest.co.uk

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France

COMPAGNIE PHILIPPE GENTY La Fin Des Terres (Lands End)

'These artists breathe life into dreams. Simply ravishing.’ Le Telegramme 'Genty's art can tug at the heart and refresh the spirit. Seeing is indeed believing.’ The Australian Illusionist extraordinaire, Philippe Genty has been creating acclaimed masterpieces in contemporary visual theatre for almost three decades. La Fin des Terres is his latest confection, a kaleidoscope of fantastic images conjured from tricks of perspective, distortion, movement, and puppets of all sizes. Re-awakening first desires, first fears and a sense of wonder, this spectacular show and its gallery of wild and surprising characters sets out on a roller-coaster journey through a landscape of dreams. Genty's boundless imagination is matched only by the expertise of his performers. Simply magical and astonishing to see. First London appearance in fifteen years. Early booking recommended. UK premiere Contains sexual references which some parents may consider unsuitable for younger children. Queen Elizabeth Hall Thu 18 > Sun 21 Jan Thur-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm 90 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime £12/£16/£20/£24 concs 50% off (limited availability)

SEE GENTY ON YOUR MOBILE

Text SEE LIMF to 83010 to see a clip on your mobile. (Texts 25p + network charges)

After-show discussion: Sat 20 Jan Presented in association with SBC

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'He makes us question the relationship of space and time, interior and exterior, real and imagined.’ Voix du Nord Dynamic young dancer/acrobat Jean-Baptiste André returns to the Festival with his brand new show, a multi-layered sequel to Intérieur Nuit which has toured the world since playing at LIMF05. Powered by a specially commissioned electronic score, movement, video art and a darker side of clowning meet in a world of uncertain identity and skewed perspective. Trained as a gymnast and then at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Chalon, Jean-Baptiste has also collaborated with leading choreographers Philippe Decouflé and Christian Rizzo, for the latter performing a solo work specially commissioned by the Avignon Festival.

Purcell Room Sat 13 > Mon 15 Jan Sat & Mon 7.45pm, Sun 6pm 70 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime £12 concs 50% off (limited availability)

JOZEF HOUBEN

The Art of Laughter 'If there's a more inspired contemporary physical comedian I don't know of him.’ The New Yorker

Belgium

Comme En Plein Jour

France

JEAN-BAPTISTE ANDRÉ / ASSOCIATION W

In a witty and engaging performance/ demonstration, long-time Théâtre de Complicité actor, Jozef Houben, explains and illustrates what makes audiences laugh. His twenty year career includes writing and directing for groups such as The Right Size, involving him in some of the most successful physical comedy creations of recent times. His last performance at LIMF was in 1998 with Andrew Dawson, in their remarkable duet for four hands, Quatre Mains. He has recently appeared in Fragments at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, a production directed by Peter Brook to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett's birth. He teaches at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Purcell Room Tue 16 > Wed 17 Jan, 7.45pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime £12 concs 50% off (limited availability) Presented in association with SBC

After-show discussion: Sun 14 Jan Presented in association with SBC

www.associationw.com

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Nothing Left To Lose

Hysteria

‘Beautifully observed...wonderfully witty... I laughed until I cried.’ The Guardian

'Company:Collisions knows how to cast a spell and the audience is happy to fall under it.’ The Stage

The world is ending. And it's happening at table 9...  Inspired by T.S. Eliot's poem of the same name, Hysteria makes us witnesses to a painstaking attempt at social interaction. A man and a woman are on the most awkward dinner date of their lives. He is an academic whose research into modern day neuroses is threatening his sanity, she is an events manager who's terrified of missing the party. Caught in the middle is their mortified waiter. 

'A theatrical requiem for innocent souls.’ Total Theatre

With humour, physicality and visceral sound and lighting, Hysteria draws its audience into a world where the main course is a fight for survival and a banana can move you to tears.  Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2006 where it won a Total Theatre Award and was shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Award. Co-developed by BAC and The Nightingale Theatre, Brighton. London premiere Purcell Room Thu 18 > Sun 21 Jan Thu-Sat 7.45pm, Sun 6pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime £12 concs 50% off (limited availability)

COMPANY: COLLISIONS

UK

UK

INSPECTOR SANDS and STAMPING GROUND THEATRE

After-show discussion: Thu 18 Jan BSL interpreted performance: Fri 19 Jan Presented in association with BAC and SBC

www.inspector-sands. co.uk

In the fearful minutes between enemy assaults a band of battered dolls rises from the wreckage to stage a resistance. Defying defeat they fight for their homeland armed with little more than courage, sticks and stones. Their struggles are hopeless but they laugh in the face of disaster in their final moments together. Powerfully performed by a seven-strong ensemble, this physical production bristles with startling visuals, bold choreography and original acappella song. Playful and impassioned in equal measure, Nothing Left To Lose celebrates the spirit of resistance through the ages. Director, Tanushka Marah was a winner of a Young Vic Young Director's Award. Her last production, Medea, represented the UK at the Cyprus International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama. London premiere Purcell Room Mon 22 > Tue 23 Jan 7.45pm 70 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime £12 concs 50% off (limited availability) After-show discussion: Mon 22 Jan Presented in association with SBC

www.companycollisions.com

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LaLaLuna

'Luminously inventive and magically silly. Impossible to resist.’ Melbourne Age

USA

WOLFE BOWART

What if, one evening, the light in the moon went out and you had to find a replacement light bulb? Such is the dilemma posed in this surreal and hilarious adventure, a comic drama in circus arts, magic, acrobatics, interactive film and riotous physical comedy for all ages. American theatre clown and writer, Wolfe Bowart, has toured the world with this enchanting solo show, and is also one half of acclaimed comic duo, The Shneedles. His many performed scripts for theatre, tv and film include Sipapu, a play co-authored with Steve White of Blue Man Group. UK premiere Purcell Room Thu 25 > Sun 28 Jan Thu-Fri 7.45pm, Sat 6pm, Sun 4pm 70 mins/no interval Tickets 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime ÂŁ12 concs 50% off (limited availability) After-show discussion: Purcell Room Sat 27 Jan Presented in association with SBC

Newbury Corn Exchange Sat 20 Jan 7.15pm Tickets 01635 522 733 www.cornexchangenew.com www.lalaluna.com 10

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Gaff Aff 'A marvel.' Le Temps

The world of these two Swiss performers revolves quite literally on a turntable. Rubber-limbed circus artist Martin Zimmermann spins his way around a day's existence, lived out in DJ Dimitri de Perrot's fabulous live soundscape. Each inspires the other's next move or sound.

UK Switzerland

ZIMMERMANN / DE PERROT

Consumer society being temporary and disposable, they work in a striking décor made of cardboard. Need a throwaway house, a chair, table or even a cat? All appear at the press of a thumb on a section of wall. A fascinating balance of power between characters, movement and music, Gaff Aff premiered at the Theatre Vidy in Lausanne in October 2006 and comes to London direct from a five week season in Paris. Martin and Dimitri have been working together since 1998. Martin trained at circus schools in France and Canada and has performed with French new circus troupe, Anomalie. Zurich Musician of the Year, Dimitri de Perrot, is one of Switzerland’s best-known live DJs and a successful composer for tv, theatre and film. They first appeared in London at LIMF03 with Gopf. UK premiere

Linbury Studio Theatre Royal Opera House Thu 25 > Sat 27 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7304 4000 www.roh.org.uk £10 / £12 / £15 (£6 standing) £8 (Students and ROH access list) After-show discussion: Fri 26 Jan Co-production:  Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne E.T.E. Le Merlan, scène nationale à Marseille Theater Chur

www.zimmermanndeperrot.com

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'Each gesture, movement and attitude is placed with perfection.’ L'Echo 'The artists play with fragile equilibrium and the force of their youth.’ Le Figaro Ockham's Razor is a critically acclaimed young theatre company, specialising in creating exciting work on new pieces of aerial equipment. The world premiere of its latest work, Arc, a human instinct survival story of three people set adrift at sea will be followed by Momento Mori, an intimate duet based on Holbein's The Dance of Death woodcuts and which won a prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque award at its first showing, in Paris in 2004. Completing the programme is Every Action, a daring piece for four performers and 25 metres of rope, featured in ROH2's 'Firsts' in November 2006. Linbury Studio Theatre Royal Opera House Mon 22 > Tue 23 Jan 8pm 90 mins/with interval Tickets 020 7304 4000 www.roh.org.uk £10 / £12 / £15 (£6 Standing) £8 (Students and ROH access list) After-show discussion: Mon 22 Jan Croydon Clocktower Thu 25 Jan 8pm Tickets 020 8253 1030 www.croydon.gov.uk/clocktower £11.50 (£7.80 concs)

FAULTY OPTIC Soiled

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Arc

UK

OCKHAM'S RAZOR

'It feels not like the shadow world of traditional puppetry but like a projection of human fears and desires, as though it is a pleasant game threatened by monsters. If you can imagine Wallace and Gromit written by Samuel Beckett, you might get some idea of Soiled.’ Irish Times 'Faulty Optic have discovered a genre they have made their own: they are indeed masters of their universe.’ Total Theatre Magazine Through the machinations of a boxing ballerina, a soil-spitting psychic, a sparrow with a Tourette's disorder and two jolly wafters, a tale of deadly secrets, love and deception unfolds. Using animated figures, pre-recorded and live feed video, complex micro installations and specially composed sound and music, Faulty Optic’s bizarre brand of visual theatre has won an international following. Charming, cruel and spiked with wicked humour, Soiled draws on many traditions and ideas Japanese Kabuki, Grand Guignol, surrealist spectacle and knockabout farce. ICA Theatre Sun 14 > Thu 18 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk £13 (£11 concs) After-show discussion: Mon 15 Jan www.faultyoptic.co.uk

Presented in association with The Circus Space Ockham's Razor is produced by Turtle Key Arts

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'With enigmatic presence and astonishing mime Philipp Boë has created an utterly original world, accompanied by a hypnotising sound track.’ 24 Heures Whilst investigating a murder, a detective gets pulled into the abyss of his own memories, which seem to lead him deeper into the mind of the killer. Amidst imagery inspired by René Magritte and David Lynch, Mémoire de la Nuit blurs borders between theatre and magic. Objects appear from nowhere to lead lives of their own and a mysterious chest of drawers reveals long guarded secrets. A gripping crime tale with a difference, an eerie experience of the surreal. Winner of the 2005 Central European Stage Arts Award for innovation, Philipp Boë trained at Fooltime and Laban in the UK, and at the French National Circus School in Chalons. Amongst other groups, he has worked with RaRaZoo and Peepolykus. UK premiere ICA Theatre Fri 19 > Sun 21 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk £13 (£11 concs) After-show discussion: Fri 19 Jan Croydon Clocktower Wed 17 Jan 8pm Tickets 020 8253 1030 www.croydon.gov.uk/clocktower £11.50 (£7.80 concs)

STEVEN WHINNERY COMPANY

UK

Mémoire de la Nuit

Switzerland

PHILIPP BOË

Lying With The Animals

'The masks are what masks should be, both alarming and amusing, strange and joyous.' Neil Bartlett. Writer/ Theatre Director 'A gust of fresh air. Very, very funny and has the sharp colourful visual edge of Saul Steinberg, and artistry.' David Gothard. Theatre Director 'Unforgettable images...' Evening Standard Inspired by Gary Larson's The Far Side cartoons, director/ mask-maker Steven Whinnery's playful work evokes an offkilter world where the line between animal and human is mischievously blurred. Like a walk through a zoo after closing, Lying With The Animals is a touching and hilarious look at the animal kingdom when our backs are turned. ICA Theatre Mon 22 > Tue 23 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk £13 (£11 concs) After-show discussion: Tue 23 Jan

www.lyingwiththeanimals.com

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'Thrillingly disquieting...an exceptionally gifted performer.' The Scotsman The earth has become a factory where everything is quantifiable and tradeable. War, being the most expensive business, is the best business. Invest your son... Half Pierrot, half Bin Laden, Al Seed blends dark physical theatre and bitter stand-up to animate a succession of bleak and disturbing characters. Created in response to the 'war on terror' and the London bombings, juxtaposing imagery from Frankenstein, Caligula, 1984 and Heart of Darkness with an explosive electro soundtrack, his ferocious, sometimes hilarious tales feature bombs, bureaucrats and businessmen. As far removed from the red nose and custard pie as clowning gets. The Factory was winner of The Jurypreis at The Arena Festival, Nuremberg 2006. Al Seed trained at Circomedia in Bristol, co-founded Hoax Productions and is currently Artist in Residence at The Arches in Glasgow. London premiere ICA Theatre NB revised dates: Sat 27 > Sun 28 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk £13 (£11 concs)

BUCHINGER’S BOOT MARIONETTES Vestibular Folds

Spain

The Factory

UK

AL SEED

'With great artistry they convey extraordinary stories which resonate in our conscious and subconscious'. Dresdner Anzeiger Anarchic and outrageous in the best traditions of puppet theatre, Vestibular Folds involves the story of a tragic opera written by 19th century marionettist, alchemist and dentist, Ichabod Appleseed, and its recording in a version designed to sound the same whether played forwards or in reverse. Founded in 2004 by Patrick Sims and Mafalda da Camera and based in Spain, this multi-national troupe use extraordinary puppets made from recycled materials - wood, metal, skin, bones, and glass. Radical, mysterious, mind-blowing images and the spirit of travelling showmen from a bygone age. UK premiere ICA Theatre Fri 26 > Sun 28 Jan 8pm 60 mins/no interval Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk £13 (£11 concs) After-show discussion: Sat 27 Jan

After-show discussion: Sat 27 Jan

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All Wear Bowlers Presented in association with barbicanbite07

USA

RAINPAN 43

‘Easily the most original and funny show this year.’ The New York Times ‘It’s fall-off-your-chair funny and it’s catch-yourbreath moving, full of imagination, split-second timing, classic magic tricks, ventriloquism and astonishingly skilled clowning around… Don’t miss it!’ The Philadelphia City Paper In this absurdist vaudevillian comedy, two silent movie comics fall literally off screen to find themselves unexpectedly in front of a live audience. Amidst mounting mayhem, struggling to make sense of the situation and get back into the film, they become only more disoriented. With moments of pathos reminiscent of a Laurel and Hardy film and the desolate humour of a Beckett play, All Wear Bowlers is a deliriously oddball exploration of identity, memory, nostalgia and amnesia. In a surreal landscape at once funny and mysterious, the quick-fire action unfolds in a series of hilarious variety routines, stage magic and venomous ventriloquism. Rainpan 43 are actors Geoff Sobelle and Trey Lyford. They created and premiered All Wear Bowlers in Philadelphia in 2003, since when the show has enjoyed successful seasons in New York and Los Angeles, at the Edinburgh Fringe and has toured in Europe and Asia. London premiere Barbican: The Pit Tue 16 > Sun 28 Jan 7.45pm (not 22) 75 mins/no interval Tickets 0845 120 7548 www.barbican.org.uk/bite £12 After-show discussion: Wed 17 Jan BSL interpreted performance: Tue 23 Jan www.allwearbowlers.com 20

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Tangentes

Presented in association with barbicanbite07

France

MATHURIN BOLZE COMPANY

'Exquisitely beautiful to watch. It is as though his body is talking to us, that it has created its own language full of beauty, little jokes, introspections and jazzy riffs. He makes it look so easy, he offers the possibility that we may all be able to fly.' The Guardian (Fenêtres) Following the huge success of his solo show Fenêtres at the 2005 London International Mime Festival, brilliant young trampolinist, Mathurin Bolze returns with a stunning company of acrobats and a brand new show. A wonderful fusion of circus, theatre, dance and music, it's a performance that you’ll need to see to believe. Celebrating the amazing ability of the human body, these artists move through the air, sideways, upside down, horizontally and vertically, upturning concepts of time, space and gravity. The result is a dark and magical, topsy-turvy universe with its own expressive language, full of unusual figures that are both graceful and funny. Mathurin Bolze is a graduate of the French National Circus School. He has toured with radical French circus, Archaos, and for three years with Josef Nadj's acclaimed Cri du Caméléon. Contains some spoken text, in French and English. Includes some nudity. UK premiere Barbican Theatre Wed 24 > Sat 27 Jan 7.45pm 75 mins/no interval Tickets 0845 120 7548 www.barbican.org.uk/bite £7 / £12 / £16 / £21 / £26 After-show discussion: Thu 25 Jan Co-produced by Cie MPTA, CRAC Basse Normandie, Fondazione Musica Per Roma, La Verrerie d’Ales/Fabrique de Cirque, le Cratere/Scene Nationale d’Ales, Centre Culturel Agora – Boulazac, La Comedie de Bethune, Les Nouvelles Subsistances, La Scene nationale de Senart and La Ferme de Buisson

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Workshops and Talks LIMF / Total Theatre Lecture

John Fox

ICA Theatre Sat 20 Jan 3pm £5.50 Session runs approx 75 mins Tickets 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk John Fox is a prolific artist, printmaker, poet and essayist. He was co-founder and artistic director of Welfare State International, the legendary arts company which, after 38 years of mayhem, he archived on April Fools Day 2006. WSI’s pioneering work in celebratory theatre, site specific events, community art, lantern parades, new ceremonies for rites of passage and building Lanternhouse, is documented in his book Eyes on Stalks (Methuen 2002). John will talk about his new company, Dead Good Guides. Founded with Sue Gill in Autumn 2006, Dead Good Guides picks up where WSI left off, to focus on imaginative acts as a necessary way of side stepping the insanities of our society. deadgoodguides.com

Bodyspace Ron East

Sat 20 Jan 11.00am > 4.30pm Discover your body in a theatrical space, your body and space, your physical presence. Discover your ‘thinking’ body, finding patterns and your creative imagination. Develop imagery through identification, body ’language’, animation and play in the theatrical space. Be moved. This is a one-day intensive introductory workshop to explore the physical in physical theatre.

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The 2007 London International Mime Festival gratefully acknowledges co-operation/financial support from:

Ron East is founder, director and principal instructor at the School of Physical Theatre, having trained as a performer and teacher at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. 

Arts Council England; Institut français du Royaume-Uni and CULTURESFRANCE; French Embassy London; Swiss Embassy and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain; Pro-Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council; SBC (registered charity). 

Course fee: £50.00 (student conc £40.00) Bookings: 44 (0) 20 8215 3350 Fax: 44 (0) 20 8215 3482 Email: school@physicaltheatre.com

The Barbican Centre is provided by the City of London Corporation as part of its contribution to the cultural life of London and the nation

Venue: School of Physical Theatre, Waterhouse Studio, 3 Mills Film Studios, Three Mill Lane, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU By Tube: District Line to Bromley-by-Bow station. Cross the carriageway to the far side, walk down the hill towards Tesco supermarket. The 3 Mills Film Complex is located behind Tesco (over the river Lea). Bring lunch and water www.physicaltheatre.com

Clown Through Mask

Directors: Helen Lannaghan & Joseph Seelig

Discussions Facilitators: Dick McCaw & Andrew Dawson

35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH

BSL Interpreter: Jeni Draper

Tel: 44 (0) 20 7637 5661 Fax: 44 (0) 20 7 323 1151 Email: mimefest@easynet.co.uk www.mimefest.co.uk

Marketing Consultants: Mobius Industries (0203 205 0000)

Jonathan Young­

Press Representatives: Arthur Leone PR (020 7637 2994)

Mon 22 > Fri 26 Jan 10am > 5.30pm

Festival Assistant: Alenka Banic

A mask is magical because it reveals what is normally hidden. This intensive, playful week is an introduction to Richard Pochinko’s pioneering Clown Through Mask Work: a synthesis of Native North American and European clowning traditions. Through making and wearing masks that personify different aspects of our self, we fully embody our humanity – both ridiculous and beautiful. The personas and worlds discovered then act as a guide to us when performing, allowing us to go much further than we could alone. Over five days, we explore presence and colour, innocence and experience, with each person making, wearing and performing with their own mask. The course will benefit both younger and more experienced performers (no prior knowledge of clowning needed), who are open to working through the body, voice and imagination. Jonathan Young (Shams Theatre) is an experienced teacher, performer and creator of devised work, and recently collaborated on Inspector Sands’ Hysteria.

Venue: The BRIX at St. Matthews Church, Brixton Hill SW2 Tube: Victoria Line to Brixton. Turn left out of the station and the church is a short distance, on the island between Effra Road and Brixton Hill. Course Fee: £200 Bookings: 44 (0) 20 7733 2430 Email: info@shamstheatre.org.uk www.shamstheatre.org.uk for more details

Creating Theatre Thomas Prattki Sat 27 > Sun 28 Jan Group A 10am > 3.30pm Group B 4pm > 9.30pm This two-day workshop will give an introduction into the dramatic use of time, rhythm and space. It is geared towards actors, dancers

Production Manager: Bill Deverson

Brochure/Web Design: Iain Lanyon @ KeanLanyon.com Printed by Axis Colour Printers

and other performing artists, attracted to the idea of creating their own theatre. The workshop is taught by Thomas Prattki, founder and director of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and former pedagogical director of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Course Fee: £100.00 Bookings: 44 (0) 20 8969 7004 Email: welcome@lispa.co.uk Venue: LISPA, Unit 8, Latimer Road, London W10 6RQ Tube: Hammersmith & City Line to Latimer Road station. Turn right out of the station and walk up Bramley Road. Turn left into Oxford Gardens; at the end, turn right into Latimer Road. LISPA is about half way down this road on the left, opposite Latimer Place. Directions and a printable map can be 25 found at www.lispa.co.uk


Booking Barbican Theatre & The Pit, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS 0845 120 7548 www.barbican.org.uk Companies: Mathurin Bolze Co; Rainpan 43 Online: Tickets can be booked online 24 hours a day at a reduced booking fee at www.barbican.org.uk By Phone: Daily 9am-8pm. Admin fee £2 per transaction including return of tickets by 1st class postage, time permitting. In Person: At the Advance Box Office, Silk Street entrance, ground floor (Level 0), Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12 noon-8pm. Christmas Closure: 24-26 Dec. Post: Cheques made payable to 'Barbican Centre' and sent to the box office at the above address. Please include s.a.e or add 50p to cover postage. Transport: Tube/Train: 5 mins from Barbican station, 10 mins from Bank, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Mansion House, St. Pauls. Bus: Route 153 runs daily between Finsbury Park, Angel and Liverpool St Station via Silk St. Other routes running near the Barbican include: 8, 11, 6, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 76, 78, 100, 133, 141, 214, 242, 271.

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The Mall SW1Y 5AH 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk Companies: Al Seed; Buchinger's Boot Marionettes; Faulty Optic; John Fox; Philipp Boë; Steven Whinnery Co In Person/By Phone: 020 7930 3647 Mon-Sun 12 noon-9.15pm (most busy between 6-9pm) online: www.ica.org.uk Post: Send cheque made payable to ‘ICA Ltd.’ with 1st class s.a.e. to the Ticket Office, or provide credit card details. Christmas closure: 24-26 Dec, 31 Dec, 1 Jan Transport: Tube/Train: a short walk from Charing Cross, Embankment and Piccadilly. Bus: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 159, 176 which stop on Strand or Whitehall and 29, 91, 139 stop on Pall Mall.

Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden WC2E 9DD 020 7304 4000 www.roh.org.uk Companies: Ockham's Razor Zimmermann/de Perrot In Person/By Phone: 020 7304 4000 The Box Office is open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm and is situated in the Link, connecting Bow Street to Covent Garden Piazza. Payment: By cheque made payable to 'Royal Opera House', or by American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Maestro or Visa. Christmas closure: Closed 24-25 Dec

South Bank Centre incorporating the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall Belvedere Road SE1 8XX 0870 0600 777 www.rfh.org.uk/mime Companies: Co:Collisions; Inspector Sands & Stamping Ground Theatre;  Jean-Baptiste André;  Jozef Houben; Philippe Genty Co; Wolfe Bowart; Words, Signs & Vibes In Person: RFH Festival Riverside Foyer (11am-6pm daily).  Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer (11am-8pm daily)* No transaction fee. By Phone: 0870 0600 777  daily 9.30am-8pm. £2 transaction fee applicable.

Transport: Tube/Train: Covent Garden station is a short walk. Bus: 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 26, 68, 76, 77a, 91, 168, 171, 176, 188, 505, 521, X68 all go the Aldwych.

Christmas Opening Times: *24 Dec closes 5pm, 26 Dec opens 5pm, closed 25 & 1 Jan

RV1 calls at Covent Garden, Waterloo Station, South Bank, Bankside, London Bridge and Tower Gateway.

Company:Collisions

Online: www.rfh.org.uk £1.50 transaction fee applicable Post: Cheques should be made payable to 'South Bank Centre' and sent to The Box Office, at the above address. Leave amount blank but indicate upper limit and including a £2 transaction fee. Please quote your name, address and phone numbers. For deaf or hard of hearing patrons: Fax 0870 163 3896 or book online, £1.50 transaction fee applicable. Transport: Tube: Waterloo, or cross river from Temple, Embankment or Charing Cross. Train: Waterloo or Waterloo East. Bus: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 501, 521, X68 stop on Waterloo Bridge. 76, 77, 211, 341, 381 stop in York Road.

Photo credits: Al Seed © Niall Walker Buchinger's Boot Marionettes © Mafalda da Camara Company:Collisions © Usama Shehadeh Faulty Optic © Faulty Optic Inspector Sands & Stamping Ground Theatre © Joseph Alford Jean-Baptiste André © www.benoitpelletier-diabolus.fr Jonathan Young ©  Gary Mulcahey Jos Houben © Alain Chambaret Mathurin Bolze Co © Christophe Raynaud de Lage Ockham's Razor © Nik Mackey Philipp Boë © Ivo Stalder Philippe Genty Co © Pascal François Rainpan 43 © Greg Costanzo Steven Whinnery © Steven Whinnery Wolfe Bowart © Rom Hope Words, Signs & Vibes © Wavemakers 2006 Zimmermann/de Perrot © Mario del Curto

Steven Whinnery Co

Please don’t be late! Most of the Mime Festival shows run without an interval and we usually can’t admit latecomers

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LONDON INTERNATIONAL MIME FESTIVAL 2007

DATE PURCELL ROOM ICA

BARBICAN PIT

QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL BARBICAN THEATRE *QEH FOYER - FRONT ROOM

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LINBURY STUDIO

Sat 13

J-B André 7.45pm

Sun 14

J-B André 6pm

Faulty Optic 8pm

Mon 15

J-B André 7.45pm

Faulty Optic 8pm

Tue 16

Jos Houben 7.45pm

Faulty Optic 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Wed 17

Jos Houben 7.45pm

Faulty Optic 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Thu 18

Inspector Sands 7.45pm

Faulty Optic 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Philippe Genty 7.30pm

Fri 19

Inspector Sands 7.45pm

Philipp Boë 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Philippe Genty 7.30pm

Sat 20

John Fox 3pm

*Words, Signs & Vibes 5.30pm

Sat 20

Inspector Sands 7.45pm

Philipp Boë 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Philippe Genty 7.30pm

Sun 21

Inspector Sands 6pm

Philipp Boë 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Philippe Genty 4pm

Mon 22

Co:Collisions 7.45pm

Steven Whinnery 8pm

Ockham’s Razor 8pm

Tue 23

Co:Collisions 7.45pm

Steven Whinnery 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Ockham’s Razor 8pm

Wed 24

Al Seed 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Mathurin Bolze 7.45pm

Thu 25

Wolfe Bowart 7.45pm

Al Seed 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Mathurin Bolze 7.45pm

Zimmermann/de Perrot 8pm

Fri 26

Wolfe Bowart 7.45pm

Buchinger 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Mathurin Bolze 7.45pm

Zimmermann/de Perrot 8pm

Sat 27

Wolfe Bowart 6pm

Buchinger 8pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

Mathurin Bolze 7.45pm

Zimmermann/de Perrot 8pm

Sun 28

Wolfe Bowart 4pm

Buchinger 6pm

Rainpan 43 7.45pm

London International Mime Festival 2007  

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