School & workshop offers
Mimbre offer a variety of workshops for young people of all ages and skill. We have an experienced and inspiring team of teachers specialising in acrobatics, acrobalance, street-dance and physical theatre. Our workshops can be tailor made and can be themed around a specific topic or aspect of the school curriculum.
Mimbre Youth Programme
Mimbre run weekly street dance and acrobatic classes on various estates in Hackney, where we work with around 90 young people every week. Check out the timetable below to see if you can join in, and email Anna on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Please note, to keep providing creative and physical activities for young people at this time, our Mimbre Youth Autumn Term is held online. These classes are specially adapted to be done at home, in small spaces and with no equipment.
Read our blogpost here to find out more.
We offer young people the opportunity to perform through our programme, either in an informal setting during end of term sharings, or by joining us in big productions often in collaboration with established venues.
We also host tasters and facilitate auditions for projects that are suitable for our group . Our young people have performed all over London reaching over 3,000 audience members so far.
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.
We train and develop young people, who want experience in facilitation. They support the teachers and education officer run our workshops.
Arts Awards Supporter
We are now arts awards supporters, and offer different ways to young people to complete their program.
They can take part in one of our dance and acrobatics classes which are suitable for ages 5-21, (depending on level of experience). They can also have a chat with our teachers, performers, & artistic directors to find out what it’s like to work in the arts sector. Finally those seeking to complete their gold arts awards are welcome to share their skills by becoming a peer facilitator and collaborating with our teachers in one of our many youth and community workshops.
Mimbre offers classes for young people in Hackney to learn acrobatics and street dance in a safe, fun and supportive environment with professional artists.
The Autumn term will resume on Tuesdays, the format will depend on government guidance
UPDATE, 1st November 2020:
Unfortunately, after the government’s announcement of stricter measures from Thursday 5th November 2020, we have to cancel the in-person classes that we had planned at Northwold Community Hall.
We are looking at continuing our online classes.
Virtual Mimbre Youth Programme Classes Sign-up (coming soon)
Minis – 5 – 7 year olds: 4.15 pm – 5:00 pm
Midis & Maxis 8 – 13 year olds: 5.15 pm – 6.45 pm
Priority is given to young people from social housing or from low-income families but paid for places will be available as well.
Please note that some children might be moved to a different section at the discretion of our artistic director (based on age and level). The decision will be discussed with parents/guardians beforehand.
Tuesday classes are run on a donation basis and Northwold Estate residents can come for free. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information or clarification.
HOW TO SIGN UP
If you are interested in joining our programme then please email email@example.com. Also, get in touch if you would like to join our mailing list and be sent more information about our participation work.
We prioritise places for young people living in social housing, disabled young people and those who are most in need of our classes. If you have any special requirements then please let us know.
Summer 2020 classes available for replay
Please note, due to COVID-19, to keep providing creative and physical activities for young people, we set up a short term of online classes for Mimbre Youth, specially adapted to be done at home, in small spaces and with no equipment, those past classes are now on Youtube.
Our Project Assistants work with the younger groups, supporting the Education Officer and the teachers with the running of the sessions. Get in touch to know more!
A huge thank you to Philip Currie for his constant support and donations which have played a crucial role in our being able to continue offering our classes to all, regardless of their income.
We also want to say thank you to Spin City Aerial and the Emma Insley Aerial Creation Fund for their generous contrubtions to our latest Fundraiser.
Skyline, a performance in Aldgate Square as part of Fantastic Feats Festival, and supported by The City of London Corporation
What we do is what we love, curtain raiser for Circolombia at the Roundhouse, in partnership with the Roundhouse Street Circus Collective & Music Collective.
Watching the World go by (an adaptation of our show Bench) performed at Watch This Space, Dalston Square, and Mimbre Circus Central.
Great British Anniversary Carnival, a promenade show at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Riot Offspring, an intergenerational production performed at Sadler’s Wells.
Devised pieces, at Mimbre Circus Central and at the Hackney Empire as part of the Discover Young Hackney Showcase.
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:
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.
Mimbre creates nuanced, breathtaking and highly-skilled acrobatic theatre.
We create innovative shows using circus and dance as a language to illuminate human connections and promote a positive image of women. Our shows tour both locally and internationally.
Alongside our professional work, we offer an extensive learning programme that reaches beyond social, financial and cultural boundaries. We find fresh ways to engage, encourage and inspire people, showing that the impossible can be possible.
We are dedicated to making physicality and performance accessible to everyone and are proud of being known as one of the UK’s leading acrobatic companies in providing opportunities for all.
We support the next generation with a vibrant and varied learning programme., which includes: a strong and continuous local programme with young people, professional development opportunities for both upcoming and established artists and tailored workshops for all ages and experiences.
Our team is happy to put together proposals on a particular theme or cover a specific curriculum on request and support you on your Artsmark Journey.