London International Mime Festival
This month London plays host to the eye-popping spectacle that is the London International Mime Festival. This marvellous production of wordless performance is a celebration of all forms of silent art, including extreme dance, acrobatics, Japanese puppetry and new circus. The festival opened on January 8th, with a jaw-dropping performance by the award-winning Barely Methodical Troupe, Britain’s hottest circus group. Other highlights include the world premiere of Gandini Juggling’s 4×4 at the Royal Opera House. This beautiful and clever production sees the worlds of ballet and juggling meet for the first time. Set over 24 days, with a line up of 18 companies and 64 performances, the London International Mime Festivalis incredible and a must see for the whole family. Recommended is Blind Man’s Song, a combination of mime, theatre, and original live music to convey the story of an old, blind man’s ‘rage against his world of darkness’. Inspired by René Magritte’s paintings, Samuel Beckett’s plays, and the true stories and experiences of the blind and visually-impaired, Blind Man’s Song powerfully brings to light the world of a man plunged into darkness. The play uses means other than words, just as the man uses senses beyond sight.
The Institute of Sexology
Until 20 September 2015
Undress your mind and enter the The Institute of Sexology at the Wellcome Collection’s newly expanded gallery. Telling the story of sex research through its greatest pioneers, this new exhibition is one of the more exciting ways to begin 2015, and is sure to leave you blushing. Made up of over 200 pieces of art, erotica, and photography, as well as live acts, discussions, and X-rated performances, The Institute of Sexology aims to challenge attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Featuring the 1980s ‘anti-baby Condom’, as well as vibrators from the 1910s, this thought-provoking exhibition explores how the perception, analysis, and observation of sex have changed over the past 200 years.
Until 31 January 2015
As the name suggests, Redemption is the perfect way to redeem yourself after Christmas. For those wanting to start the year alcohol free or with a health kick, this space away from temptation is a food festival with a twist. With a menu created by nutritional therapists, Redemption offers delicious gluten free, vegan and raw food dishes, desserts, and mocktails. Options range from avocado, chilli, and micro shoot lettuce wraps, to red quinoa, mushroom, and lime rolls, with all produce locally sourced and organic. Heaven for the health conscious Londoner, Redemption can be found in Fairy Square until 31 January, aiming to prove to Londoners that they can spoil themselves without spoiling themselves.
The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free
Until 25 January 2015
Revisit the colourful impressionist landscapes created by J.M.W on display this month at Tate Britain. Celebrating one of Britain’s most prestigious 19th century artists, The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free sheds new light not only on the period when Turner created his most magnificent pieces, but also when he was most unjustly misunderstood. Exhibits include the stunning Heidelberg watercolour, where the sweeping expressive brushstrokes for which Turner is so famous create an overwhelming sense of emotion. Highlights include Ancient Rome: Agrippina Landing with the Ashes of Germanicus and Modern Rome – Campo Vaccino, paintings which have not been reunited since their first exhibition together in 1839. The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Freebrings to life the work of an artist described as ‘the greatest of his age;’ its abstract scenes enveloping the viewer.
Conflict, Time, Photography
Until 15 March 2015
Follow the poignant journey of conflict over the past 150 years through the images that captured it. Displaying material from the Second World War, Nagasaki, Syria, and Afghanistan, Conflict, Time, Photography is moving and unmissable. In an innovative move images are organised by the amount of time that has elapsed between the pictures and the conflicts they address. As a result, different conflicts resurface throughout the exhibition, driving home the lasting effects of war. Curated by Simon Baker for the Centenary at Tate Modern, Conflict, Time, Photography runs throughout January until March.
The Art of the Brick
Until April 2015
The Art of the Brick is an exciting new exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery. Created by artist Nathan Sawaya, this vivid and colourful exhibition features 80 sculptures built from over one million Lego bricks. Highlights include a six-meter tall T-Rex, human sculptures, as well as famous works of art. The Art of the Brick is perfect for families who have received their weight in Lego this Christmas and features an Interactive Active Zone for children to practice their construction skills. This unique and compelling experience is not to be missed and is certain to inspire everyone to get building.
A 600-Year History in Objects
Until 25 January 2015
From the Holy Roman Empire, to The Holocaust, to the Berlin Wall, explore the history of Germany over the past 600 years through a series of objects this month at the British Museum. A 600-Year History in Objects is an exploration of Germany’s most definitive moments through the examination of the objects it produced. Including a Volkswagen, a Brothers Grimm display, and pages from the Gutenberg Bible, A 600-year History in Objects is a fascinating collection of objects brought together for this unique exhibition.