Congratulations to Honorary Fellows Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan, Festival Directors of the London International Mime Festival (LIMF), on being named recipients of The Peter Brook Special Achievement Award.
The Award recognised LIMF’s extraordinary body of work and its ‘spectacular programme of visual performances over the past 40 years’.
LIMF was founded in 1977 by Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae, at the Cockpit Theatre. Helen Lannaghan joined Joseph as co-director in 1986. It is the capital’s longest established international theatre season. Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance embracing live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.
Cutting edge and essentially wordless, LIMF shows are internationally accessible, celebrating different cultural landscapes. Almost all are UK or London premieres.
LIMF productions have been nominated for three Olivier Awards, and the Festival has been honoured by the International Theatre Institute and with a Total Theatre Award. It is a current member of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
Of the Award, Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan said:
“We’re thrilled and proud to be honoured with this award, given in the name of such a great man of theatre. It’s wonderful recognition for us personally, but also important recognition of the sometimes marginalised, contemporary physical and visual theatre performance forms - new circus, puppetry, object theatre, live art - that LIMF has promoted for forty years. We couldn’t be more delighted!”
The Peter Brook Special Achievement Award was presented in a ceremony at the National Theatre Studio on 31 October.
LIMF 2018 runs Wednesday 10 January – Saturday 4 February.