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Sandbox sessions return

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The Sandbox is back! GymJam's unlocked 2-day

workshop for creative theatre-makers.

This special edition of the Sandbox will be a collaboration with musician and electronic artist Piksel (Ieva Vaiti) and our devising techniques.

What is a Sandbox Session?

 

We love being alchemists - mixing different things together and seeing what explodes, or doesn’t!

 

Our Sandbox Sessions have two aims; to be an unlocked space for artists of different backgrounds to mix their practices and discover how we can create together, and to discover what collaborations can work. (Spoiler, we think anybody can collaborate and create something)

 

Think of them Like a Research and Development process without the pressure of having to create a show, or a residency without the pressure of ending with a viable outcome.

What to expect?

  • Two joyful, action-packed days of moving, playing and experimenting with form as an ensemble and reacting to our sound artist, Piksel.

 

  • Engaging with the equipment and instruments Piksel will offer us. (No experience in music or playing an instrument is needed!)

 

  • Transparency and clarity in our processes of approaching, making and creating work.

 

  • Creative provocations to generate content and material, including writing tasks, movement exercises, personal and mindful provocations and more.

 

  • A safe, brave and creative space for artistic collaboration - we believe in being human first and setting up a space that is free of expectation, except the expectation to engage with each other.

 

Who is this for?

This workshop is for anybody who has a passion to move and create new work. Often, the people that join us in this space are established professionals of all levels, emerging artists, and student artists with a passion to move, to create new work and explore devising techniques. 

 

We want to stress that we are open to all humans and backgrounds coming into our spaces.

 

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable, loose clothing that you can move in.

  • A notebook and a pen (we use creative writing exercises)

  • Water in a reusable bottle

  • Lunch and snacks could be useful if you need to save money, or there is a great cafe on-site at Poplar Union.

 

How to book?

If money is a barrier, we have bursaries available. We want this experience to be as accessible as possible. Please email, DM or call us - There is always a dialogue to be had.

 

To Book your place please email info@gymjamtheatre.com  - £110.00 - paid by BACs. 

 

Please check out our bursaries and our subsidised workshop tickets below:

 

GymJam are in a position to offer 1-fully subsidised workshop place for a Black or Global Majority artist who cannot cover the cost of the workshop. Please send us an email to info@gymjamtheatre.com tell us a little bit about yourself and why you would like to take part in this workshop.

 

GymJam are also in a position to offer 5-partially subsidised workshop spaces for recent graduates in the arts, if you graduated between 2020-2022 in an arts degree (independant, unrecognised or recognised) you are eligible to apply for this.

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WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT

MORE exciting news!

We have two workshops coming up in collaboration

with our International Partners,

Dogma Theatre

23rd March 2022

On the 23rd March at Eden Court in Inverness we will be hosting a physical theatre workshop that is free for all Scottish based artists to attend.

This workshop will be led by both Dogma and GymJam theatre companies.

Your facilitators for the day include:

Dogma Theatre

Claudia Mangini

Fillipo Panigazzi

Gabrielle Culferai

 

GymJam Theatre

Gavin Maxwell

William Townsend

Risha Silvera
 

What to Expect

This workshop is for all levels who are 16+ years of age, of any background, free of charge.

If you are interested in theatre, or are an established, emerging or training artist, this is for you.

Members of the GymJam & Dogma creative team will co-facilitate and lead participants through a 1-day intensive workshop exploring their creative approaches to making and creating physical, visual and collaborative theatre. Using a mixture of games, creative tasks and artistic provocations - this one-off workshop will leave participants feeling recalibrated and refreshed. This workshop will be physically intensive, so come prepared to move, to sweat, to be open and to play in Dogma and GymJam's unique styles.

What you will Need

Loose & comfortable clothing

Plenty of water

Pen and Paper (Optional)

To take a Lateral Flow Test before to keep everyone safe.

How To Book

Follow this link to Eden Court's Website.

27th March 2022

On the 27th March at Poplar Union in London, we will be hosting a physical theatre workshop for emerging and professional actors, dancers and physical theatre artists.

This workshop will be led by both Dogma and GymJam theatre companies.

Your facilitators for the day include:

Dogma Theatre

Claudia Mangini

Fillipo Panigazzi

Gabrielle Culferai

 

GymJam Theatre

Gavin Maxwell

William Townsend

Bar Groisman
 

What to Expect

This workshop is for emerging and professional artists with a background in Dance, Acting or Physical Theatre.

Come ready to be open and to play.

Members of the GymJam & Dogma creative team will co-facilitate and lead participants through a 1-day intensive workshop exploring their creative approaches to making and creating physical, visual and collaborative theatre. Using a mixture of games, creative tasks and artistic provocations - this one-off workshop will leave participants feeling recalibrated and refreshed. This workshop will be physically intensive, so come prepared to move, to sweat, to be open and to play in Dogma and GymJam's unique styles.

What you will Need

Loose & comfortable clothing

Plenty of water

Pen and Paper (Optional)

To take a Lateral Flow Test before to keep everyone safe.

How to Book

Email us at info@gymjamtheatre.com to express your interest, where you will be asked to transfer money via BACS to confirm your place. 

Please note, without payment, there is no guarantee of a place on the workshop.

If money is a barrier to you, please get in touch anyway!

We have a small fund for bursary placements for global majority, disadvantaged and working class artists who would otherwise struggle to attend due to the social climate we live in.

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WE ARE AWARD WINNERS!

 

We are incredibly excited to announce that on the 20th February 2022 GymJam won an OFFIE award for ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Era!

 

The OFFIE team awarded us an ONCOMM award for;

'Best Immersive/Interactive Digital Theatre Show'

Gavin and William recieved the award via an online ceremony, and gave a speech thanking the cast, creative team and organisations that contributed so much to this project. Once again, thank you.

It goes without saying this award simply wouldn't be possible without the unwavering support of you, our audience, and the endless energy and dedication that our artists and supporters gave to this project.

To all of you, thank you.

We are collaborating internationally

This is some very exciting news for us here at GymJam.

We are now collaborating with Italian Theatre Company, Dogma Theatre.

After our companies had a well timed introduction to each other, we started talking and noticed our similar but different styles of work. We decided to collaborate on sharing our practice on each other's home turf, but needed funding.

 

After collaborating with Eden Court on their Climate of Hope season in November 2021, we teamed up with Eden Court once again and applied to Creative Scotland's Four Nations International Fund, and won! 

Since, GymJam have travelled to Milan in Italy and delivered an intensive weekend of work with local artists and with Dogma's company members. We are now planning for them to come to London and Scotland in March 2022. 

Keep your eyes peeled for their workshop at Eden Court in Inverness on the 23rd March and in London at Poplar Union on the 27th March!

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New Workshop Announcement 

GymJam Sandbox Sessions - Physical Theatre & Film

 

Join GymJam artistic directors Gavin Maxwell, William Townsend and associate artist Michael Lynch for a two day intensive exploring physical theatre & film in an unlocked creative space, open for all artists.

 

In this intensive, we will engage with you in our signature holistic style, with spoken check-ins and check-outs, plenty of movement exercises and experiences, writing tasks, some creative brain provocations and guided recording of the content we discover together on three cameras for you to keep and use for your reels. 

 

What to expect

 

  • Two joyful, action-packed days of moving, playing and experimenting with form as an ensemble.

 

  • Transparency with our processes of approaching, making and creating work.

 

  • Creative provocations to generate content and material, including writing tasks, movement exercises, personal and mindful provocations and more.

 

  • A safe, brave and creative space for artistic collaboration - we believe in being human first and setting up a space that is free of expectation, except the expectation to engage with each other.

 

  • A copy of footage captured for your own movement reels.

 

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When & Where

 

11th & 12th August 10:00-18:00 - Poplar Union - 2 Cotall St, London E14 6TL - 

 

Booking & Cost

 

To Book your place please email gymjamteam@gmail.com - £120.00 - paid by BACs.

 

Graduate Bursary

 

In our endeavour to do what we can to support recent creative graduates - we are pleased to offer one place to a graduate artist that could not access this training without this support - this opportunity is open to all - but we are keen to specifically support individuals from marginalised groups. Please email us at gymjamteam@gmail.com for more information.

GymJam Associate Artists

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We are delighted to welcome not one, not two, but three new exciting associate artists to the GymJam Fam.

From the left: Michael Lynch, Bar Groisman and Risha Silvera.

 

Watch this space as all three associate work with GymJam on a variety of collaborations. Visit our 'About Us' page to find out more about each associate artist and their work.