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Thick & Tight: SHORT & SWEET

London International Mime Festival

A woman's face printed multiple times at different angles on a black background. Her skin is pale and her makeup around her eyes is dark and moody.

Dance, drag, lip-syncing and satire feature in this thoroughly modern take on the variety show from an award-winning dance theatre company.

An incredible line-up of artists brings nine new performances to this jam-packed evening. A host of famous and infamous characters are brought to life by Corali Dance CompanyHarry AlexanderOxana PanchenkoAzara Meghie and Connor Scott, including Sid Vicious, Grace Jones and Twiggy. The show also previews a new piece inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, commissioned by the Noh Reimagined Festival.

Thick & Tight is a UK based dance theatre company created by Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay-Gordon. Their work takes influence from a wide range of historical, political, literary and artistic subjects, with a focus on promoting queer culture and accessibility within dance.

Running time: 2 hours, with interval

Age guidance: 14+ (some adult content)

Thu 27 Jan, 7.45pm
BSL-interpreted performance

Thu 27 Jan, 7.45pm
Post-show Q&A facilitated by Martin Hargreaves
Post- show talk BSL-interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts as his drag queen alter ego, Maria Hertz

Sat 29 Jan, 2.30pm
Relaxed performance 

Presented by the Barbican in association with LIMF

Short & Sweet is co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival, Noh Reimagined Festival, Duckie and Corali Dance Company

It is supported by Arts Council England, The Lowry, South-East Dance, Britten Pears Arts, Barbican, Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, Kings Place, Rambert School & Russell Maliphant

Image by Darren Evans


‘A subversive delight‘
The Stage
‘An unlikely concoction of surrealist parody, lip-syncing, drag and some heavenly contemporary dance‘
The Guardian
‘No one makes work anything like this‘
Bach Track
‘Cultured magpies‘

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Relaxed performance

The performance of SHORT & SWEET on Sat 29 Jan, 2.30pm will be Relaxed. A Relaxed performance is ideal for those who would benefit from a more informal approach to noise and movement in the auditorium, or would feel more at ease knowing they could enter and exit freely. 

For this performance.

  • The house will be opened a little earlier to allow you more time to find your seats.
  • A member of the Front of House team will lead a pre-show welcome talk.
  • The Front of House team are briefed on providing an more informal service and relaxing the standards in regard to audience behaviour during the performance.
  • The houselights will come up between each work in case you need to leave or come back into the auditorium.
  • A quiet chill out space is provided with comfortable seating.
  • The performers are briefed about Relaxed performances, and know that you may need to move around and make noise.
  • This performance has not been sensory adapted. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking. Contact the Theatre team at [email protected].

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