The International Mime Festival brings the art form vividly to life as a host of talented performers descend on the capital.
Having enchanted audiences since 1977 with outstanding physical shows, the artists this year bring their visual theatre to a wide range of different venues.
Maestro Philippe Genty and company perform a new version of his classic fantasy dreamscape Forget Me Not at the Southbank Centre, while Aurélien Bory’s flamenco-themed show What’s Become of You takes up residence at the Barbican.
The festivities kick off with Compagnie Non Nova who have created two productions for their custom built arena. The first is a dance for airborne plastic bag ‘ballerinas’ set to Debussy, while the other is a darker companion piece that pulls audiences directly into the eye of a hurricane.
A million miles away from the clichéd man in a striped jersey pushing against the wind, this has all the spectacle and wonder of big budget theatre but with a bit less of the chit chat.