Hello! We offer twice monthly open improvisation jams, classes and workshops in Glasgow, coordinated by Penny Chivas and Laura Gonzalez and in association with Dance House Glasgow. We are normally located at Kinning Park Complex and the Centre for Contemporary Arts.
For more information please add us on Twitter @TheGlasgowJam or search for us on Facebook.
Happy New Year! We are so grateful for a wonderful 2016 here @TheGlasgowJam: we have had more regular participants than ever, our community is building a solid foundation of practitioners and facilitators, and we have hosted a number of very exciting workshops. Here is to more in 2017. We do have exciting plans we will be unveiling in the coming months so keep an eye out for our newsletters and Facebook updates.
Remember that, from January 2017, our jams will be £7, and our Sunday class and jam will be £12. If you can, please bring the correct amount, as we will only have a few opportunities to give change. As always, we are keen to hear from volunteers to help directly at our jams, or give time in another way should finance ever be a question of attendance.
Is there anything you would like us to do differently in 2017? Any skills you would like us to focus on, practitioners you would like us to invite? We are always open to your suggestions and value your feedback. Do email us!
Our exciting new programme for January to June 2017 is online and we hope to see you at our jams and classes. Our first one is on Sunday 15 January with the wonderful Monika Smekot at the CCA. Class 12-1pm and jam 1 to 3.30pm.
How can visions, feelings and memories move us? Can inner images transform our body and create a new dancing body? How can we move (and be moved) honestly? For people who attended the previous workshop this is an opportunity to further investigate the relation between their body and imagination. New people are welcome to explore, discover and challenge themselves.
As normal, single tickets are £20 / £15 concession, and block bookings (4 classes) are at £60 / £40. For single tickets please use the CCA box office (link above).
What happened to 2016?! It's crazy to think we are entering December!
Last weekend we had the fantastic Anne-Galle Thiriot up from London who led an inspiring sold-out workshop.
There is ONE Glasgow Jam left for the year, and it is with Nina on Friday, December 9th, from 6pm, KPC, £5.
Below are a list of Jams for both Glasgow and Edinburgh, including a sharing of work in Edinburgh on the 8th of December, and Ralf's workshop THIS weekend. For Glasgow, please also remember that @TGJ's prices increase slightly in the new year.
Hope everyone has a safe and restful holiday period!
Contact improvisation can be seen as an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving in contact with one another. Sometimes dynamic, acrobatic, and sometimes quiet and contemplative, it is a dance form inclusive of all bodies and enquiring minds. In this wokshop we’ll sharpen our communication skills, apply physics and train our openness for collaboration. We will embrace detail and sensuousness and train our ability to be spontaneously, viscerally creative.
Born in Southern Germany and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ralf Jaroschinski graduated as a classical and modern dancer from the University of Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany, and then studied several contemporary dance and composition techniques in New York on a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service. He discovered contact improvisation for himself in 1994. From 1998 until 2002, he directed the dance company of the City Theater of Hildesheim, Germany, and included contact improvisation as part of the dancers' training and the creation of his works. He also got commissioned to create choreographies for several European and American national ballet companies and dance universities – so far, he has created some 100 dance pieces. Facilitating contact improvisation classes and workshops more regularly since 2004, Ralf has taught at numerous festivals, universities, dance schools and studios all over the world. He has designed, produced and staged several contact improvisation scores and concerts, and he has trained the dancers of companies such as the Brazilian Curitiba Guaíra Ballet, the Australian “Canberra Dance Theatre”, “Frontier Danceland” in Singapore, the "Bangkok City Ballet" in Thailand, the German “Tanztheater Bielefeld” and “Tanztheater Braunschweig”, and the Swedish "GöteborgsOperans Danskompani" and "Cullbergbaletten" in Stockholm in contact improvisation.
Looking forward to dancing with you! Teresa, Dave and Ralf
We have an
announcement to make: @TheGlasgowJam is, and always will be, about the
community it serves. However there are some things we need to think about, and
one of them is our pricing structure. For us, it's about being able to continue
to work with the community in the longer term, to ensure that we remain viable
and to be able to continue to meet our outgoings.
January 2017, our jams will be £7, and our Sunday class and jam will be £12. As
always, we are keen to hear from volunteers to help directly at our jams, or
give time in another way should finance ever be a question of attendance.
finalising the list of attendees for Anne-Gaëlle
Thiriot’s workshop in November. We have received a number of bookings so there
are not many places left, as we want to keep the workshop small so you receive
attention and space and time to explore circularity in contact improvisation.
Details of the workshop are below. You can email is to book: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is only £40!
exciting new programme has now been announced very soon and we hope to see you
at our jams and classes.
Contact improvisation classes and jams are held on Saturdays. From Saturday 5t
November until the end of the year sessions will be held at Caxton House
Community Centre, 129 St. John's Way, London N19 3RQ. The venue is an
8 minute walk from Archway Station or a 12 minute walk from Upper Holloway
class £8; jam £5; both £10
class: 13.00 – 15.00
jam: 15.00 – 18.00
Maga Radlowska - at Caxton House (13.00
Kira Kirshe and Antoan
Saturday 29th October there will be an extended day in celebration of Leda
Franklin starting at 11am with a class by Dylan Elmore at:
Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Rd, London E3 5QZ
Information on other classes, workshops, jams in London and the UK here: http://www.contactimprovisation.co.uk/
Anne-Gaëlle at Goldsmiths
Anne-Gaelle Thirot email@example.com
Jodie Granger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
@TheGlasgowJam is, and always
will be, about the community it serves. However there are some things we need
to think about, and one of them is our pricing structure. For us, it's about
being able to continue to work with the community in the longer term, to ensure
that we remain viable and to be able to continue to meet our outgoings.
So, from January 2017, our jams
will be £7, and our Sunday class and jam will be £12. As always, we are keen to
hear from volunteers to help directly at our jams, or give time in another way
should finance ever be a question of attendance.
Our exciting new programme will
be announced very soon and we hope to see you at our jams and classes.
What an amazing way to return from
the lull of the summer months. We are back in full swing! Nina led a special
workshop for Indepen-dance as part of the
Gathered Together festival in
early September. It was very well attended and huge fun. We had jams with Brian
and Penny. Penny is leading the classes in September, October and November, so
this is a great chance to deepen your knowledge and learn some of the
techniques she perfected in her study with Nicolás Nuñez and Julyen Hamilton.
We have been busy organizing
Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot’s visit in November. Anne-Gaëlle is a very experienced CI
practitioner and we are lucky to get some time with her to perfect skills and
find new ways on moving. It is also an opportunity to connect with the wider UK
scene! Grab your spot now. All the details of the workshop are below and you
just book by emailing us email@example.com. It is only £40 for a day with this amazing dancer!
Watch this space for announcements
of our new January to June 2017 programme which will be coming out soon.
We are also sharing details of our
jams for Glasgow, as well as links to Paul Henry’s regular Butoh classes in Glasgow.
We also want to make you aware of the great work of our jamming partners in
Edinburgh and London.
Hope this newsletter full of nice
plans made you as happy as it is making us!
We are excited to welcome the wonderful and experienced contact dancer Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot to Glasgow. There are limited places so book early to avoid disappointment!
In this one-day workshop we’ll kiss and befriend the floor, fall into and rise from it, and will use curves rather than straight lines to find ease and efficiency. We will put the focus on studying ways to be more spherical in our dance to be able to make more choices when improvising.
To round your motion is helpful to prevent injury, get more efficient and be able to make your dance readable for a CI partner. But beyond the safety and possibly aesthetic aspect, to look for curves allows you to engage with infinite pathways of motion and of thoughts that expand further starting and arrival points.
We will start with technical aspects of rounding our body to the floor, to another body/partner, and in space, looking for multi-directionality and for the body tone that will allow this quality to arise. We will then move into circular pathways and how we navigate between moving and thinking, between sensations and directions. These elements will help us articulate and refine our own movement palette to use in some scores, observing and playing with how information circulates amongst a group for physical, playful and poetic composition. Bodily feedback, pleasure and serious playfulness will be key in directing our choices.
Anne-Gaëlle is a French dance artist based in London for the past 9 years. Her background in dance, geology and movement education has led her to engage in a path combining artistic and pedagogic practice with the environment, be it the studio, other beings, theatres, urban or natural landscapes. Her approach combines somatic and intuitive bodily intelligence with intention through frameworks coming from choreology (Laban-based theory and practice), philosophical meandering, post-modern theories, social activity and in-depth physical research. First self-trained, then trained at Laban and through a good number of Contact Improvisation and Instant Composition workshops and retreats, she has worked with many choreographers and artists, among which h2dance, Lisa-May Thomas, Tara D’Arquian, Annie Lok, Noa Zamir, Joe Moran, , and has had long-term collaborations with companies Dance United, Candoco and The City Literary. Over the past four years, she has helped developing alternative schemes for independent artists to keep an on-going research and practice of making, and has run the Contact Improvisation Society at Goldsmiths College. Among the people who continually inspire her are Julyen Hamilton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark-Smith and Mike Vargas, Angus Balbernie, Antony Gormley, Simone Forti, Sasha Waltz and Juhani Pallasmaa.
We hope that everyone has had a fantastic summer, be it here or abroad! Penny went to teach in Costa Rica and Mexico (with support from Creative Scotland), and former New Jammers, Becky Moore and Nina Enemark headed to Doune the Rabbit Hole to lead some adventurous festival go-ers into Contact Improv!
You can read more about Penny's adventures here: http://theglasgowjam.blogspot.co.uk/
September is a big month for @TheGlasgowJam. Aside from our normal jams, Nina is leading a special workshop for the Gathered Together Festival providing a safe inclusive space for our work. More info here http://indepen-dance.org.uk/festival/
As normal, jams for Glasgow, and Edinburgh are listed below, as well as links to some great new regular Butoh classes in Glasgow, and to the jams in London.
Penny and Laura xx GLASGOW - SEPTEMBER (check venues!)
JAM: Friday 9th September --- 6-9.30pm --- Brian Hartley --- CCA --- £5
CLASS: Sunday 25th September ---1-2pm --- Penny Chivas --- KPC --- £10
JAM: Sunday 25th September --- 2-4.30pm --- Penny Chivas --- KPC --- £5 (free with class)
CLASS: Sunday 30th October ---1-2pm --- Brian Hartley --- CCA --- £10
JAM: Sunday 30th October --- 2-4.30pm --- Brian Hartley --- CCA --- £5 (free with clas
Also, Paul Henry has started up his Butoh classes again, happening at least once a month. Please see his website at
next contact jams are:
3 September, 5pm to 8pm
17 September, 5pm to 8pm
The jam is at:
Calton Centre, 121 Montgomery St,
Edinburgh, EH7 5EP
Hall B (downstairs).
Contribution: £5/ £3
Musicians very welcomed!
Its a family friendly event.
Please come, spread the word and support :-)
(a work in progress as their venues shift!)
Class Schedule for 2016/17
17 Sept, Penny Chivas
@ Hugh Cubitt Centre
48 Collier Street