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Limbo on the South Bank

Posted on April 30, 2013

dennis hilton photographer david solm

dennis-hilton photographer-david-solmThe creative producers and co-director of last year’s headliner at the London Wonderground Festival, Cantina, will return to the South Bank this year with a new show, Limbo.

An exotic mix of cabaret, circus, acrobatics and dance, Limbo premiered at the Adelaide Festival in February and is now on its way to London where it will headline the five-month London Wonderground Festival from May 10.

Presented in the magnificent 1920s-inspired Spiegeltent, Limbo stars Australia’s acrobatic dancer Hilton Denis (pictured), UK illusionist Paul Kieve, Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty Heather Holliday, American acrobat, aerialist, and film stunt Jonathan Nosan, Europe’s Chinese pole master and beatboxer Mikael Bres and hand balancer Danik Abishev. The production’s music is composed by New York’s Sxip Shirey, who will be joined by musicians Grant Arthur and Mick Stuart.

Scott Maidment, director of Limbo and Strut & Fret, said: “I’m really excited to bring together this international array of renowned performers and outstanding technical minds to present a thrillingly unique hour of illusion and fun.”

London Wonderground is the brainchild of Underbelly and Southbank Centre and is jointly presented by both organisations. An amusement ground for the capital, London Wonderground brings a taste of early 20th-century Coney Island to the South Bank situated on the transformed coach park between the Royal Festival Hall and the London Eye.

Jude Kelly, artistic director of Southbank Centre, said: “We are thrilled to welcome back London Wonderground, including the beautiful Spiegeltent, to Southbank Centre this summer, as part of our site-wide Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard.

“Alongside Limbo and other circus and cabaret shows, we will be presenting events including poetry, exhibitions, performances, discussion and art installations created with local, national and international communities.”

Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard runs this summer from May 4 to September 8. London Wonderground runs from May 10 to September 29. To book tickets call 0844 545 8282.

Photograph: David Solm

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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