Now booking Mimbre masterclass

Now booking Mimbre masterclass

Masterclass: High physicality in a theatrical setting

Who it’s for

Circus performers, physical theatre performers, dancers and actors interested in mixing physicality, theatre and narrative.

What to expect

Bodies flying, falling, stacking up, a person carrying the weight of another, a person pushing someone else over – all images bursting with meaning. As soon as two people connect physically; hold hands, touch, push, catch each other, it already paints an image of their relationship, without any words. In this masterclass we will look at different approaches to physicality in a theatrical context and provide the participants with a toolbox of devising techniques to generate material appropriate to their skills and performance ambitions, with special focus on pair, small group and ensemble work.

Taught by 

The masterclass will be led by Lina Johansson, Mimbre’s Joint Artistic Director, who has 20 years of performance and directing experience within contemporary circus, outdoor theatre, opera and theatre. Directing and choreography credits include Orfeo (Roundhouse/Royal Opera House), Mergence and Polymer (National Centre for Circus Arts Graduation shows), Eugene Onegin (Garsington Opera), Wondrous Strange (RSC/Mimbre), Bench and If I Could I Would (Mimbre).

A bit more info

  • Day 1 will focus on how to use physicality, movement and specialist skills to draw out narrative or character that is true to the physical starting point. Circus skills, free-running and dancing intrinsically express ideas of risk, trust and control in and of themselves; we will look at tools which can define and enhance these expressions and create simple narratives from them, rather than forcing an external storyline on top.
  • Day 2 will approach this concept from the other side: when you have an existing story and want to use physical skills and movement to enhance the storytelling, setting or relationships. We will look at how to identify ‘frames’ or ‘windows’ within a story where physical expression will compliment and strengthen it, rather than competing or confusing.

Participants are welcome to attend either or both days.

Both days will include a warm-up, strengthening, postural and injury prevention exercises and some partner-work for lifts and balances. We will look both at individual and group devising techniques and we encourage participants to send a short introduction prior to the masterclass with any ideas they are working on which could be used as examples during the day. Please note there is no rigging so we can’t work aerially in this workshop, although many of the creative approaches could be applied to aerial as well as floor-based work. For bigger equipment-based skills such as cyr wheel please contact us to check the suitability of the space.

The workshop is designed for professional or aspiring performers/actors with at least two years of  performance experience or training. Disabled performers are welcome and the workshop will encourage creative ways to devise material out of the participant’s individual strength, skills and abilities.


Day 1: Wednesday 29 March at 10-5 pm

Day 2: Thursday 30 March at 10-5 pm


Saint Barnabas Dalston, Shacklewell Row, London, E8 2EA

8 minutes walk from Dalston Kingsland Overground, 12 minutes walk from Dalston Junction Overground or 25 minutes bus ride from Old Street tube station.

How much

One day: Early Bird £80 (booking before 15th March) / £90 full price

Both days: Early Bird £120 (booking before 15th March) / £140 full price

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 participants per day, please book asap to secure a place.

How to book & more info

email admin@mimbre.co.uk or call 0207 6131 068

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