performance & dance
performance & theatre

Anima by Joli Vyann

Breathe in. Now, breathe out. The dance-circus company’s latest show, here in its London premiere, portrays the delicate connection between two people.

How does breath affect our emotions? Our physicality? Our very being? We all breathe from the moment we are born to the moment we die; it’s a universal shared experience.

Joli Vyann’s new show Anima blends dance and acrobatics to take us from the cradle to the grave through an intimate look at the simple, yet constant, act of breathing.

The two performers and a live Taiko drummer push themselves to the limits of their physicality using dance, circus, voice and wind instruments – their breath literally becomes the soundscape for the performance.

Founded in 2012, Joli Vyann is a South West England dance-circus company directed by Olivia Quayle and Jan Patzke. Anima is its third production to feature at London International Mime Festival.

Part of London International Mime Festival 2020.

Pushes aside the boundaries between acrobatics and dance… with intelligence and impressive skill
The Guardian
The risk factor is high and the story told to emotionally charged effect
Exuent Magazine

Dates & times

22 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020
Approximate run time: 60 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 7+

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Related events
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wed 22 January 2020: Following the performance, there is a post-show discussion. Admission free to ticket holders.