Friday, 1 December 2017

@TGJ December newsletter – Goodbye from Penny and Laura


Dear Jammers,

Well... How to begin... And how to end ...

Laura and Penny are stepping aside from the running of @TheGlasgowJam, and the jam this month is our last. For Laura, this represents the work of the past two years, and for Penny, the last four.

While we are looking forward to other projects (and to continue dancing), we would like to acknowledge all the support the community (that is, each one of you) has offered us to make the jam happen, and most importantly the dancing and playing that has taken place as a result. We would also like to warmly thank past and present board members over this time: Kim Simpson, Lindsay Keenan, Rosina Bonsu, Ron Montgomery, Sheila McCubbin, Emmie McKay as well as, of course, Tom Pritchard, who, together with Penny, is one of the founding directors. We also thank our facilitators, who have led us brilliantly, creatively and safely into jams. We are very grateful to Dominic Snyder for our logo, which we wear proudly on our t-shirts and head our communications with, and to our partners and peer organisations, including Dance House Glasgow, the CCA, the Beacon, the Workroom. 

We have been looking back over the past four years: Tom Pritchard and Penny set up @TheGlasgowJam in 2014, running our sell-out Autumn Workshop Festival. The following year @TGJ received Creative Scotland funding to run the "New Jammers" programme, helping to develop the next generation of jam leaders, including Laura Gonzalez and Nina Enemark. Also on that cohort was Dom (he really deserves two mentions), who also had an exhibition programmed by @TheGlasgowJam at The Glad Cafe this Autumn, which followed on from the highly successful Project Cafe exhibition in 2015. Movement into drawing ... drawing into movement ... with singing, noise, spoken word, readings, typewriters and life-size dummies ... The more multidisciplinary the better. We really have had a ball!

This all happened in jams, classes, workshops, cakes, t-shirts, Global Underscores, outreach work, festivals around Scotland, DIG and Gathered Together ...

It has been a glorious past four years, and we do hope you can join us for the last Penny/Laura jam, as well as lend a welcoming dancing hand to Monika and Nina. With this newsletter, we hand over @TGJ to them and wish them well. We look forward to what they have in store for us as we join them dancing.

Penny and Laura x

LAST JAM WITH PENNY CHIVAS as @TGJ DIRECTOR

Sunday 17th, CCA, class and jam from 12pm with Penny Chivas
£12 class and jam, or just jam from 1pm for £7

Below is a sketch of plans for 2018 with Monika and Nina

Sun 7 Jan
12.00 – 15.30 JAM
Clubroom - CCA
Monika Smekot
Sat 20 Jan
12.00 – 15.00 Workshop
15.30 – 16.00 Film: Fall After Newton’
Creative Lab - CCA
Nerea Gurrutxaga Arruti

Sun 21 Jan
12.00 – 15.00 Workshop
Creative Lab - CCA
Zoe Katsilerou
Sun 21 Jan
15.00 – 17.00 JAM
Creative Lab - CCA
Nina Enemark
Sun 4 Feb
12.30 – 16.00 JAM
Tramway
Aya Kobayashi + Nicolette Corcoran (sound)
Sun 18 Feb
12.00 – 15.30 JAM
Creative Lab -CCA
Nina Enemark



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@TheGlasgowJam
Penny Chivas and Laura Gonzalez
In association with Dance House Glasgow

Follow us on Twitter: @TheGlasgowJam

Thursday, 2 November 2017

@TGJ November newsletter

Dear Jammers,

Well, in some sense, the end is upon us, and in another the start is drawing close. We are currently preparing to change jamming hands to Monika Smekot and Nina Enemark... so do stay tuned in for celebrations and also beginnings. Dominic Snyder has also had a fantastic exhibition at The Glad Cafe, selling several pictures at the opening... but if you missed it - it's now packed up.

There are but three jams left with Penny and Laura at the helm. December 17th will be Penny's last jam after FOUR years of running with both Tom Pritchard and Laura Gonzalez so sure to be a lively one!

Also in December, Penny is off to Tehran, Iran to volunteer teaching a two day CI workshop, and then into the first women's capoeira event in this country. There is an Indiegogo campaign if you'd like to help, or even share on social media (although writing "Dance" everywhere on Facebook would not be overly helpful - "movement" is a more appropriate term on this one!!). Penny has also been asked to write again for Contact Quarterly on her experiences to share with the wider movement community.


Jams below including our special one at the beautiful studio at the Beacon

See you jamming soon,
Penny and Laura xx

GLASGOW

November
CLASS Sunday 19 November ---12-1pm---Monika Smekot--- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 19 October ---1-3.30pm --- Monika Smekot --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)

SPECIAL CLASS in partnership with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE: Saturday 25 November ---12-1pm --- Penny Chivas--- ***BEACON ARTS CENTRE (Lindsey Wood room)***--- £12


SPECIAL JAM in partnership with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE: Saturday 25 November ---1-3.30pm --- Penny Chivas--- ***BEACON ARTS CENTRE (Lindsey Wood room)*** --- £7 (free with class)


December
CLASS Sunday 17 November ---12-1pm---Penny Chivas--- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 17 October ---1-3.30pm --- Penny Chivas --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)



EDINBURGH

CONTACT IMPROVISATION JAM
Sunday 5 November 
3pm – 6pm

Class with Christine Devaney 3pm-4pm

 Jam 4pm-6pm

Contributions / fees
Class: £ 5 / £ 3 concessions 
Jam: £5 / £3 concessions


The jams start with an introduction and are open to all levels of experience. 
Please show up on time – this helps to focus and make participation safe and comfortable for everyone. 
Bring comfortable clothes and a plastic water bottle. 
We dance without shoes; socks and a jumper might be useful during the warm-up phase.

For your own and other people enjoyment and safety please open and read the link below:

Location: 
The Jams take place in the Community Hall of 
North Leith Church, 1A Madeira Place, Edinburgh
The entrance to the Hall is on Madeira Street

Buses 7, 14, 21, 10, 34 go there. 
Bus 11 goes down Pilrig Street, there is a stop just before Ferry rd. with a 5 min walk to the right

Next Jams:

Saturday 18.11.17 class with Skye Reynolds

Saturday 2.12.17  class with Brian Hartley

Saturday 16.12.17 class TBC 
This last Jam of the year will be held in a different venue: 
Stockbridge House Day Centre, 2 Cheyne Street Edinburgh EH4 1JB

Note: some Jams might not have a class before hand. If not the Jam will start at 3pm and finish at 6pm and the price will be as usual £5 (£3)

In many of the jams we are accompanied by musicians doing live improvisation – If you like to play music please contact Tamsin, our coordinator for musicians at tamsin.haggis@gmail.com


More info and update on Edinburghjam web site!!!



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@TheGlasgowJam
Penny Chivas and Laura Gonzalez
In association with Dance House Glasgow

Follow us on Twitter: @TheGlasgowJam

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

@TGJ October newsletter



Dear Jammers,

As some of you may be aware, we (Laura Gonzalez and Penny Chivas) recently made the decision to step away from directing the work of @TheGlasgowJam.  We would like to publicly thank everyone who has supported us during these years, Four for Penny and two for Laura. We would also like to offer our appreciation to Monika Smekot and Nina Enemark who are stepping in and up to guide the direction of @TheGlasgowJam from January 2018. Whilst there will be time over the next few months to both celebrate the achievements of @TGJ and welcome in this change of dancing hands, we make this public now so that 2018 can begin to be shaped and directed by these two capable dancers. Stay tuned!

This month, we had a fantastic 3-day workshop with the internationally renowned theatre maker, mover and all round wonderful practitioner Nicolas Nuñez from Mexico. Those of us who were there know how life changing it was and we hope to work with him again sometime. We also opened Dominic Snyder's exhibition at the Glad Café (continuing throughout October, see attached flyer). Dom is the artist behind the @TGJ. We STILL have our jams planned until December, with a couple of special events!

Next jam is with Nina. Her class andjam will be part of the programme of events for Luminate Festival, Scotland's active ageing festival. To welcome newcomers to the form, this session will feature a longer class of 1.5 hours and a slightly shorter jam. See more information here: http://www.luminatescotland.org/events/theglasgowjam-class-and-jam


More jams follow below, including Penny's LAST jam as co-director of @TheGlasgowJam (yes, it really has been four years!), as well as our special @TGJ in Greenock at the Beacon!

Hope to dance and see you soon,

Penny and Laura xx



October
CLASS: Sunday 15 October ---12-1pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 15 October ---1-3.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)

November
CLASS Sunday 19 November ---12-1pm---Monika Smekot--- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 19 October ---1-3.30pm --- Monika Smekot --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)

SPECIAL CLASS in partnership with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE: Saturday 25 November ---12-1pm --- Penny Chivas--- ***BEACON ARTS CENTRE (Lindsey Wood room)***--- £12


SPECIAL JAM in partnership with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE: Saturday 25 November ---1-3.30pm --- Penny Chivas--- ***BEACON ARTS CENTRE (Lindsey Wood room)*** --- £7 (free with class)


December
CLASS Sunday 17 November ---12-1pm---Penny Chivas--- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 17 October ---1-3.30pm --- Penny Chivas --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)




Other movement and dance in Glasgow
Dance House Glasgow, our partner organisation, offer a variety of dance classes http://www.dancehouse.org/


Edinburgh Jams
https://www.facebook.com/Contact.Edinburgh/
https://edinburghjam.wordpress.com/#calendar


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@TheGlasgowJam
Penny Chivas and Laura Gonzalez
In association with Dance House Glasgow

Follow us on Twitter: @TheGlasgowJam
www.theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk
theglasgowjam@gmail.com

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Friday, 1 September 2017

@TGJ September newsletter


Dear Jammers,

Did you have a good summer? We have! Things have been quiet on the jamming front but Penny has been performing in Edinburgh with Lyra’s Lone Wolf. The reviews have been amazing! Laura has been traveling around Europe all summer and we are both ready to start our jams again.

This newsletter is to remind you of all the lovely goodies we have prepared for you this Autumn. This will beat the summer blues!

Penny will be leading the class in London on the 16th September. If you are around do drop in to dance with her!

Our @TGJ jams resume on Sunday 17 September with the wonderful Niamh O'Loughlin. We are so delighted to welcome her as a facilitator (she already is one of our regular jammers). Niamh is currently a student at the Space in Dundee and she will share learnings from her dance training in the CI class. What a treat!

The full programme, till December, is here: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html

There are only a very small number of places available for our Nicolás Nuñez workshop, ‘The Sacred Art of Acting’ (see flyer below). If you want to come don’t delay booking!

We are in full preparation for Dominic Snyder’s exhibition ‘Jam’ at the Glad Café in October. Below is an invitation to the show and the opening party. Dominic is the artist who drew our logo and, yes, you’ve guessed it, we will be unveiling a new colour of t-shirts at the opening. These will be a limited edition so make sure you get yours!

Last, we are over the moon to be hosting a class and jam at the Beacon Arts Centre in November, thanks to our wonderful friend and dancer Gail Sneddon. We will have a one hour class followed by a jam on Saturday 25 November in one of the most beautiful dancing spaces in the whole of Scotland. Make sure you put it in your diary. Don’t say we did not give you notice!

See you at the jam in September, if not before!

Penny and Laura xx


SPECIAL WORKSHOP with NICOLAS NUÑEZ

Friday 29 September---6-9pm / Saturday 30 September---10-5pm / Sunday 1 October---10.30-5pm --- KPC --- £150.





Jam
an exhibition by Dominic Snyder
Glad Cafe, October 2017




'Jam' is derived from engagement with @TheGlasgowJam, Glasgow’s hub for contact improvisation. It is the result of an interest in drawing within a context of live dance and movement. The work represents an intense and sustained period of exploratory and experimental drawing as well as subsequent developments from these drawings in a variety of media.



@TGJ jams

SEPTEMBER
CLASS: Sunday 17 September ---12-1pm --- Niamh O'Loughlin --- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 17 September ---1-3.30pm --- Niamh O'Loughlin --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)


OCTOBER
CLASS: Sunday 15 October ---12-1pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 15 October ---1-3.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)



Other movement and dance in Glasgow
Dance House Glasgow, our partner organisation, offer a variety of dance classes http://www.dancehouse.org/


Edinburgh Jams


London Contact Improvisation

Friday, 25 August 2017

Jam – an exhibition of works by Dominic Snyder


We would like to invite you to celebrate Dominic's work (who designed our beautiful logo) on 5 October at 6pm at the Glad Café. If you cannot make it then, pop over any day until the 29th to see his work and, maybe, buy one of his prints or one of our new red t-shirts!


The work for this exhibition at the Glad Café stems initially from an intense and sustained period of exploratory and experimental drawing in a context of dance and movement. This grew through collaborative work with contemporary dancer Penny Chivas, working under the name of The Snyver Project. Together they identified a common interest in their work and found ways to share and merge the kinaesthetic dialogue of their respective creative practices. Over a period of some four to five years they have jointly created many live performances fusing together the processes of Chivas’s dance and movement with Snyder’s drawings, and developments in print and sculpture. These have been presented at venues including Peacock Visual Arts Aberdeen, the CCA Glasgow, The Glasgow Print Studio and a Conflux event at Summerhall Edinburgh.

Chivas introduced Snyder to the activities of Glasgow’s Contact Improvisation Community, @TheGlasgowJam. This created opportunities for further drawing in response to live movement, with realisations and methods of how to try and make some sense across the two activities. Snyder has collaborated and worked with @TGJ through leading workshops in drawing movement. He also participated in the New Jammers programme, run by @TGJ and funded by Creative Scotland, which trained contact improvisation facilitators. He designed the logo for @TGJ, now widely familiar with Glasgow’s contact improvisation community and worn by many on printed t-shirts. A new edition of these, in red, will be on display and available throughout this exhibition.

The works on display cover a wide period and range, carried out in a variety of media; drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture and some digital works. They are a celebration of what has been a very fertile creative period and Snyder welcomes the opportunity to display them at the Glad Café.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

@TGJ July newsletter

Dear Jammers,

We know … We never keep a regular time for the newsletter. We are improvisers and love surprises! We hope you do too because this newsletter is full of them.

After our wonderful and well attended (if a little controversial) Global Underscore led by Penny on 24 June, @TGJ has gone on a bit of a jamming break. We are not idle, though, and we are working backstage getting opportunities ready for you for this Autumn. Our jams resume on Sunday 17 September with the wonderful Skye Reynolds. The full programme, till December, is here: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/p/jam-calendar.html

We are delighted, honoured and humbled to be hosting Nicolás Nuñez, an international and world leading theatre and movement practitioner (see flyer below). He will be working with us on a weekend intensive for 3 days. Tickets are going fast and the early bird booking closes on 1 August. Get your place soon! We have made it very affordable (£130!) and the group is small so you can make the most of your time with such an eminent practitioner. Not to be missed!

In October, we are delighted to be hosting Dominic Snyder’s exhibition ‘Jam’ at the Glad Café in Glasgow. There is some more information below (as well as a beautiful preview picture). Keep your eyes peeled for details of the private view. Dominic is the artist who drew our logo and, yes, you’ve guessed it, we will be unveiling a new colour of t-shirts at the opening. These will be a limited edition so make sure you get yours!

Last, we are over the moon to be hosting a class and jam at the Beacon Arts Centre in November, thanks to our wonderful friend and dancer Gail Sneddon. Penny and Laura will lead a one hour class followed by a jam on Saturday 25 November in one of the most beautiful dancing spaces in the whole of Scotland. Make sure you put it in your diary. Don’t say we did not give you notice!

We told you, we like surprises. See you in September, if not before!

Penny and Laura xx


SPECIAL WORKSHOP with NICOLAS NUÑEZ

Friday 29 September---6-9pm / Saturday 30 September---10-5pm / Sunday 1 October---10.30-5pm --- KPC --- £130 (Early bird before 1 August) / £150.




Jaman exhibition by Dominic Snyder


'Jam' is derived from engagement with @TheGlasgowJam, Glasgow’s hub for contact improvisation. It is the result of an interest in drawing within a context of live dance and movement. The work represents an intense and sustained period of exploratory and experimental drawing as well as subsequent developments from these drawings in a variety of media.


@TGJ jams


SEPTEMBER
CLASS: Sunday 17 September ---12-1pm --- Skye Reynolds --- CCA Clubroom--- £12
JAM: Sunday 17 September ---1-3.30pm --- Skye Reynolds --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class)


OCTOBER
CLASS: Sunday 15 October ---12-1pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom--- £12

JAM: Sunday 15 October ---1-3.30pm --- Nina Enemark --- CCA Clubroom --- £7 (free with class), 4-7.30 --- Penny Chivas --- KPC --- £10



Other movement and dance in Glasgow
Dance House Glasgow, our partner organisation, offer a variety of dance classes http://www.dancehouse.org/


Edinburgh Jams


London Contact Improvisation

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Sacred Art of Acting with Nicolás Nuñez

World renowned Nicolás Nuñez wiull be in Glasgow at the end of September and we are hosting a 3 day workshop with him. Bookings are open and there are only a few places!