Acrolab call out

Acrolab call out

Professional Development Opportunity for three female or non-binary circus, dance and physical theatre performers from backgrounds underrepresented in the arts (see more info below), who are interested in developing their acrobalance and group acrobatics skills in an inclusive and supportive environment with Mimbre’s wider pool of acrobats and 101 Outdoor Arts.

Mimbre and 101 Outdoor Arts are running an acrolab from 16th until 20th January with an exceptional group of women and non-binary acrobatic performers, with the aim of developing the practice of acrobalance and group acrobatics in terms of access, inclusion and excellence.

We are committed to continuing to diversify the arts and to support both emerging and mid-career performers who are underrepresented in the arts. For this event we have therefore earmarked an additional three places for performers from groups underrepresented in the contemporary circus world, in particular those identifying as disabled OR non-binary or transgender OR from the global majority (in particular from the Asian diasporas).

We are looking for three playful, inquisitive and creative performers who are interested in learning new inclusive acrobatics skills, who have worked on professional dance, circus, gymnastic, cheerleading or physical theatre projects in the past and who are keen to explore something new.

This is to join an already diverse group of performers. The week is a continuation of the work we have developed with Daryl Beeton of Daryl & Co and Rick Rodgers (Para-cheerleading) building inclusive practice for disabled performers and wheelchair users, our All-Women Acrolab 2020 and our general work on sustainable training for acrobats. All access needs will be supported, including accommodation for access support workers.

You can watch two short films from previous residencies here: Inclusive Acrobalance Residency, All-women Acrolab 2020.

While this is an unpaid training opportunity, we will provide accommodation, all meals during the week and can offer a contribution of up to £50 towards travel costs.

Dates available to apply for are:

Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th: for performers with physical backgrounds (professional dance, circus, gymnastic, cheerleading or physical theatre), but not necessarily acrobalance training

Monday 16th – Friday 20th: performers with previous and intermediate experience of acrobatics and acrobalance keen to do the full week and push to a more advanced level (talk to us if you’re unsure which dates to apply for!)

These places are made possible through The Foyle Foundation supported 101 Labs Programme.

How to apply:

To apply please send an email or voicenote with your answers to these questions (only a couple of sentences per question is fine) to lina@mimbre.co.uk before 4th January at 6pm:

+ What physical training have you already had (for example dance, physical theatre, gymnastics or cheerleading) and what’s your experience/level of acrobatics and acrobalance (for example beginner, intermediate or you can give examples of tricks you have done and are comfortable with) ?
+ What’s your professional experience or aspirations as a performer? (for example do you have professional experience and are mid-career, or are you an emerging, aspiring performer). You can include your CV but this is not crucial.
+ Please explain which aspect of your identity you consider to be under-represented in the arts?
+ Do you have any additional access requirements which would support you to get the most out of the week? This is not just physical access needs, it could also include anti-racism or mental health support.
+ Which dates are you available/interested to attend?

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Lina on lina@mimbre.co.uk

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