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LIFT Festival 2014

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
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Where the City Meets the Stage

LIFT is where 'the city meets the stage'. The London International Festival of Theatre travels the world in search of stories, and then brings them to the capital. Not in a traditional darkened room, where you sit silently for three hours, but across exciting, interactive, and lively venues that brings performance alive.

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, LIFT is a platform for cultural enrichment, political statements, and big ideas. This year, themes will include freedom, justice, technology, and the environment. They are also excited to announce the beginning of a long-term collaboration with artist from South Africa.

LIFT wants to make its milestone birthday a bash to remember, so are celebrating with the FIFA World Cup, and commemorating the centenary of World War One. Between the 19th May - 29th June, you can see fifty-two innovative shows, held across seventeen lively venues.

The festival will start at The Royal Academy of Arts with the Symphony of the Missing Room. Using multisensory technology, invisible dance, and whispered illusion, discover what remains after all the artwork is gone.

Next, journey to The Roof, put on your headphones and enter the mind of a reluctant hero's fight for survival through the use of suspenseful, breathless, dimensional sound.

Opus No.7 by Russian director, Dmitry Krymov, explores the ppression of Soviet Jews and the censorship of Shostakovich under Stalin, by using giant puppets, duelling pianos, living walls and a blizzard of newspaper.

Have a look at the full line-up, and discover the inside story behind what inspired these magical performances.
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Why? Fun at the theatre
When: 8th May - 29th June
Where: Across London
Cost: £10-£30
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