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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Costa Rica


Dear Jammers,

Last weekend I had the absolute joy to teach an adventurous, generous and incredibly engaged group in San Jose, Costa Rica.

I find myself really questioning the role of CI and my teaching and how it can affect us more than "just a physical practice". Within the group were bilingual students, and some that spoke either Spanish OR English. Amazing to see how language can somehow separate us before the class but during, with a movement language we've created, join us, and so by the end as we begin to part - a hug, connecting with someone through their eyes, just being physically there - these things speak such richness.

A practice of bringing together a group of people to cultivate deeply communicating beyond language, and growing a collective that for a time have their own language.

Supported by Creative Scotland


Reflections on a time in Apan



We can ask ourselves, when we can find more to give, and when this is important. When should we throw in everything we have, when is that task actually not worth it? And then beyond this, when does the act of giving more interfere with the action itself? The effort to give undermining the desired gesture? There is an urgency to our time, a need to gather together to open up doors, rather than to close in fear. We need to be ready to jump without the need to prepare and plan. And whilst this may be a sentiment for the theatre, there is much of this that I believe needs to spill over to the rest of our lives. If our lives are our art, then there is a need to live our lives in the same manner.

Concerns, worries, certain rational thinking patterns can all draw us back from the present moment and its seemingly simple requirements. The making of art … and the self-producing of it, such different skill sets, different thinking patterns.

Nicolas' work reminds us of what we can be, and draws us back to the well in which we first drank from to begin our journey as artists.

With support from Creative Scotland, I spent 10 days in Apan, Mexico with Nicolas Nunez. A time in which we spent learning more about ourselves – the constant question of “who am I?” drove us forward. I am constantly reminded we have a lot to give the world, when we do the thing we are meant to do. Knowing our own gifts that we have to give, rather than the skill sets of somebody else. Right now, our world is one that needs, desperately.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

@TGJ August 2016 Newsletter




Dear Jammers,

Are you enjoying your summer? We are! Both of us are very busy with our projectsLaura studying yoga in Crete and Penny teaching and studying in Mexico and Costa Rica supported by Creative Scotland. Meanwhile, our helpful team of volunteers have kept things ticking in Glasgow. Thank you so much for your help!

To allow you to enjoy the weather (well, you know, whatever we get) while maintaining your jamming practice, we are only holding the class and jam on the last Sunday of the summer months. Brian Hartley hosted a lovely class and jam on the 31th July with good attendance and engaged participants. Our next one, with Nina Enemark, will be on Sunday 28th August. We are keeping things fresh and changing the venue to the CCA in Sauhiehall Street. We are back to 2 jams a month from September.

We have a had a good response to our appeal for support but we still need your help, donations, commitment to attending the jam, bringing a friend, volunteering, anything in kind … If you can, please help us. We have started a donors page to thank you and we still have a small number of t-shirts for sale (£15 only for good quality, ethical bamboo). Check our website or email us.

The next jams are listed below (see venues, as we are taking the jam around Glasgow) and, if you need to plan more ahead, we have our full June–December 2016 programme on our website: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html). The new programme, for January–June 2017 is being drafted, so watch this space for announcements. If you have any suggestions or wishes, please do email us while we get it together so we can implement your ideas. See you soon, we hope!

Much love,

Penny and Laura x



OUR CLASS AND JAM CALENDAR
http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html


AUGUST (1 Jam only, at the CCA)
CLASS: Sunday 28th August ---1-2pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £10
JAM: Sunday 28th August --- 2-4.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £5 (free with class)

SEPTEMBER (check venues!)
JAM: 
Friday 9th September --- 6-9.30pm --- Brian Hartley --- CCA --- £5

CLASS: Sunday 25th September ---1-2pm --- Solène Weinachter --- KPC --- £10
JAM: Sunday 25th September --- 2-4.30pm --- Solène Weinachter --- KPC --- £5 (free with class)


OUR PARTNERS

Edinburgh classes




London Contact Improvisation

For details, check the London Contact Improvisation Facebook group: https://www.new.facebook.com/groups/20320344886/ 




Sunday, 3 July 2016

@TGJ July newsletter



Dear Jammers,

The Global Underscore on the 19th June was such an amazing event! Penny introduced the practice and we had 32 dancers, musicians and visual artists turn up. We posted a picture of our small dance towards Madrid, and our harvest here:

http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/global-underscore-19-june-2016.html

If you missed it, we are so sorry, it was really a fabulous practice. Make sure you get yourself to the next one!

On Saturday 2 July, @TGJ and partners LOOP Theatre are delivered a gorgeous workshop on Integrated Movement Improvisation. A fantastic dive into a partnership with LOOP, and hopefully more to come!

Despite the success of the underscore, we have had to cancel our first July jam because we could not find anyone to volunteer. We are so sorry about this. Although we have a had a good response to our appeal, we still need your help donations, commitment to attending the jam, bringing a friend, volunteering, anything in kind … If you can help us, please do. We have started a donors page to thank you. Check our website!

We still have a few of our gorgeous @TGJ t-shirts left, in green and aubergine, but only limited sizes of both. Get your orders processed by emailing theglasgowjam@gmail.com. Only £15!

Penny is off to teach in Costa Rica and Mexico this summer with support from Creative Scotland, and also to participate in workshops with Nicolas Nunez and Julyen Hamilton. She'll be posting onto our jam blog so you can follow her travels!

The next jams are listed below (see venues, as we are taking the jam around Glasgow) and, if you need to plan more ahead, we have our full June–December 2016 programme on our website: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html). See you soon, we hope!

Much love,

Penny and Laura x


INTEGRATED MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
a @TGJ and LOOP theatre partnership
Saturday 2 July 2016, 11–2, KPC, £5

OUR CLASS AND JAM CALENDAR
http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html

JULY

CANCELLED JAM: Friday 8th July --- 6-9.30pm --- Laura Edwards --- KPC --- £5

CLASS: Sunday 31th July ---1-2pm --- Brian Hartley --- KPC --- £10
JAM: Sunday 31th July --- 2-4.30pm --- Brian Hartley --- KPC --- £5 (free with class)


AUGUST (1 Jam only, at the CCA)

CLASS: Sunday 28th August ---1-2pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £10
JAM: Sunday 28th August --- 2-4.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £5 (free with class)

OUR PARTNERS

Edinburgh classes
https://www.facebook.com/groups/146224382132020/1063968217024294





Also -
Contact Improvisation & Instant Composition - Showing

7 July at 7pm


@ South Side Community Centre
117 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER Edinburgh http://southsidecommunitycentre.co.uk/

It will be 40-50 minutes sharing of an ensemble work (dance and live music) by the group of people, community dancers, very passionate participants of Contact Improvisation & Instant composition classes that I have been running this year.

suggested donations £3



London Contact Improvisation

class £8; jam £5; both £10

class: 12.00 – 14.00
jam: 14:00 – 18:00

Teachers for 2016:

2 July                     Maga Radłowska
9 July                     Colleen Bartley
16 July                   Dylan Elmore
23 July                   Jamus Wood and Lee Bolton
30 July                   Saskia Chaplin (** please note change of venue to Caxton House, 129 St. John's Way, London N19 3RQ)

Venue:
Moving East
St Matthias Church Hall
Wordsworth Road
London
N16 8DD
(access by stairs only, we regret)

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Global Underscore (19 June 2016)


32 movers joined us last Sunday to dance together with other participants around the world. 

Our small dance (towards Madrid):
Our harvest (more here): 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June 2016 Newsletter addendum

Dear Jammers,

Like Columbo, we have one more thing to announce, and it is a wonderful one so forgive us for doing this separately from the newsletter.

@TGJ and LOOP Theatre are partnering to deliver an Integrated Movement Improvisation workshop on 2 July. Check the details below.


Summer is the time for dancing. See you there!

Penny and Laura x

June 2016 newsletter


 
Dear Jammers,

Have you been enjoying the sun? We have, and it has made May jamming all the more interesting. On Friday 13 May, Laura facilitated a very special jam at KPC. We had all the windows open, the sun was shining and 14 people turned up to work on intention in movement and play. Pure bliss! On Sunday 29 May, Kai Wen Chuang ran a class and jam focusing on the link between Tai Chi Dao Yin and contact improvisation. This was so productive and interesting! Thank you to those who came. It was great to dance with you.

If you came, I hope you enjoyed your jamming practice because the next jam is not until Sunday 19th June. It will be a spectacular one, though, as we will be part of the Global Underscore. Penny will be introducing the Underscore at 2.30pm. If you have never danced it, make sure you attend the introduction. We are also asking our participants to commit to the full score practice, from 3 to 7pm. As the Glasgow subway will stop working before we finish, we ask you to make sure you arrange transport. The full session is only £10 and we promise it will be worth it. You will be dancing with many practitioners around the globe! Read more about it here: http://globalunderscore.blogspot.co.uk/. We have included details of the Glasgow event below.

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, we had to cancel our regular jams in June to minimize our losses, as attendance in the past few months has been so low. Thank you very, very much to those of you who have made donations. @TGJ is completely volunteer run and we do appreciate your support. We are still making an appeal for help: donations, commitment to attending the jam, bringing a friend, volunteering, anything in kind … If you can help us, please do. Our work for the community is very important to us but also we cannot work without your help. Please get involved!

It is not yet taps aff weather in Glasgow but it is getting milder, the perfect season to wear one of our gorgeous @TGJ t-shirts. We still have some left, in green and aubergine, but only limited sizes of both. Get your orders processed by emailing
theglasgowjam@gmail.com. Only £15!

The next jams are listed below (see venues, as we are taking the jam around Glasgow) and, if you need to plan more ahead, we have our full June–December 2016 programme on our website: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html). See you on the jam floor!

Much love,

Penny and Laura x


Global Underscore
Sunday 19 June, 2.30–7pm
Kinning Park Complex


OUR CLASS AND JAM CALENDAR

JULY

JAM: Friday 8th July --- 6-9.30pm --- Saffy Setohy --- KPC --- £5

CLASS: Sunday 31th July ---1-2pm --- Brian Hartley --- KPC --- £10
JAM: Sunday 31th July --- 2-4.30pm --- Brian Hartley --- KPC --- £5 (free with class)


AUGUST (1 Jam only, at the CCA)

CLASS: Sunday 28th August ---1-2pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £10
JAM: Sunday 28th August --- 2-4.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA --- £5 (free with class)

OUR PARTNERS

Edinburgh classes

The Wednesday classes continue 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th June and 6th July with Monica De Ioanni 

Contact Improvisation & Instant Composition  
Expanding our senses, cultivating the attention, the observation and the search, voice, breath, easiness and letting go connected to being grounded and centred while moving dynamically we will explore the improvisation in solo, duos and groups and live music

Every Tuesday from 31st MAY to 5th JULY 2016
7:00 – 8:30 pm 
(by donation)

Media Education (near Haymarket Station)
183 Dalry Road
Edinburgh
EH11 2EB

Price: £8 / drop-in
6 sessions £40

email m.deioanni@gmail.com (Monica)
call 07763 782 834 (Teresa), 07857 289 859 (Khalid)

London Contact Improvisation

class £8; jam £5; both £10
class: 12.00 – 14.00
jam: 14:00 – 18:00

Teachers for 2016:
28 May & 4 June    Laura Doehler
11 & 18 June          Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot
25 June                  Rick Nodine
2 July                     Maga Radłowska
9 July                     Dylan Elmore
16 July                   Colleen Bartley
23 July                   Jamus Wood and Lee Bolton

Moving East
St Matthias Church Hall
Wordsworth Road
London 
N16 8DD
(access by stairs only, we regret)

Getting there:

Information on other classes, workshops, jams in London and the UK here:
 
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@TheGlasgowJam
Penny Chivas and Laura González
In association with Dance House

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