Mimbre | Masterclasses
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Mimbre offer open masterclasses aimed at both aspiring and established performers who already have experience of acrobalance and/or sports gymnastics. We welcome participation from disabled people or injured performers who want to explore alternative way of approaching acrobatics and high physicality.


Mimbre propose two different programmes for 1-day, weekend or week-long masterclass programmes. Option 1 focuses more on the discipline of acrobatics and acrobalance and a healthy approach to this intense training. Option 2 offers a more general approach to using physicality in theatrical contexts in different ways. Both workshops could work towards informal presentations or sharing at the end of the week – this could be part of a festival or event or just to an invited audience.

To prevent accidents, adequate controls of health and safety risks are in place for all masterclasses. Furthermore, all staff members, including freelance staff, have sufficient training, skills and experience to fulfil their role safely and implement emergency procedures if necessary.

Option 1: Acrobalance and Healthy Physicality

Acrobatics, acrobalance and movement workshop – taught by 2 teachers with a capacity for 15 people. The workshop will have three main focus points:

  • Teaching a range of specialised acrobatics and acrobalance techniques from mimbre’s repertoire of tricks and styles.


    • Looking at creative and innovative approaches to choreographing acrobatics and acro-balance, as well as different approaches in how to use acrobatics and acrobalance in performance.


  • To propose strategies for how to train, work and maintain your body optimally for the extreme impact and load of acrobatics training. This includes warm-ups containing agility and stamina training, strengthening exercises and injury preventions and basic and advanced handstand and acrobatics techniques. It also includes approaching physical limits (injury, disability, body type) as creative springboard instead of stopping points, using your restrictions to come up with new and original ways of working.

Option 2: Creating With High Physicality

Taught by Artistic Director Lina Johansson with a capacity for 8 people or can be extended to 2 teachers and 16 participants.
Bodies flying, falling, stacking up, one person carrying the weight of another… all images bursting with content. As soon as two people connect physically – hold hands, touch, push, catch each other – it already paints an image of their relation, without needing any words.
In this class we work with different techniques and tools to devise physical material – be it based on circus, dance or other physical skills. The workshop is structured in a way that each participant can use their own existing skills, but there will also be a chance of learning a basic mix of acrobatics and acrobalance (partner-acrobatics) techniques, suitable and adapted to all levels and abilities.
We work in various ways: physicality can be used for imagery, as representations of human relationships, to create atmosphere and to bring a narrative or a character forward. The class will also touch upon ways of including the physical environment into your creative process.