This month (2-29 June) London experiences the LIFT festival. Established in 1981 with a mission to throw open a window to the world, LIFT brings global stories to London, transforming the city into a stage and celebrating the experiences of the many individuals, cultures and communities that call London their home. LIFT has presented pioneering new forms of theatre for over 30 years and has set the benchmark for internationalism in the arts. LIFT curates a year-round programme of work – building to a pan-London festival of shows, special events and talks every two years.
LIFT 2014 platforms a diversity of work that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in London. Work which is political and engages with the big ideas of our times: freedom, justice, and environmental and technological change. Whether it’s thinking about the history of censorship in the Soviet Union, the impact of global warming or the distribution of water, the work is eye-opening, witty and entertaining, with dollops of music, visual culture and animated debate thrown into the mix.
Amongst the many fantastic things happening all month is TESTAMENT by German performance collective She She Pop.
Jewellery, legal succession, family trees, gas receipts … just a few of the topics that rise up when fathers and daughters lay their relationships bare.
Taking to the stage with their real dads, German performance collective She She Pop confront the complex dynamics between generations with frank tenderness. Shakespeare’s King Lear is the backdrop to an audacious show that integrates film, personal testimony, big-band covers and dance to tackle the realities of ageing, inheritance and parenthood head-on. (The Barbican Pit, til 7 June.) You can book tickets here.