Artist Jam / Free Training Initiative 


OtherWorlds is an artist jam and free training space that aims to reclaim our 'Otherness'—by empowering ourselves to excavate the stories that live in our bodies and forging meaningful connections with each other. Facilitated by Elisabeth Gunawan and Saksi Bisou, this free opportunity is perfect for anyone with a desire to create work and collaborate with kindred spirits.
Sign up via interest form by September 8 - link here.

2 sessions available from 11am-2pm on Saturday 24 September and Saturday 1 October

OtherWorlds is a collaborative space—in the form of a 3-hour shared training and movement jam for performers, actors and theatremakers who are historically Othered—where we can further our practices, share our stories and forge meaningful connections. OtherWorlds is our attempt at reclaiming the label and experience of ‘Other’ – using our imagination to turn them into stories that forge new intimate encounters with the audience. These connections can also become the seed for the creation of new work and new companies.

The day will begin with a movement warm up and exploration, leading into facilitated creative discussions and personal sharings that aim to give space to each individual in the room and their stories. We will journey together to make our bodies available to intuition and imagination, we will lower our judgments on ourselves and each other, and we will reflect on both our stories and the art we want to create.


Who Is It For?

People who have been historically Othered, who have had to migrate, adapt and contort themselves to exist within the majority consensus reality. This includes those from the global majority, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, those who live with disabilities, those with experiences of refuge and migration. Everyone’s stories are messy, and you will have space in the interest form to tell us a bit about yourself. This is for people whose stories are still underrepresented in today’s professional theatre industry and in drama schools: the pilot aims to create organic opportunities for us to connect to each other and for collaborations to emerge.


How Do I Take Part?

To take part, please submit your interest via this form by September 8, 2022. Selection is not merit-based or first-come-first-serve—it is purely based on our attempt to match up artists who may be interested in collaborating with each other as best as possible (based on preferences you have given).

'Myths, Stories and Worlds' - The Practice 

Myths, Stories and Worlds is an intercultural practice for performers and theatremakers that is based on researching our personal and cultural myths—the telling of stories invokes the universal emotional truth of our humanity. Facilitated by Elisabeth Gunawan, we will explore how everything we create as artists comes from a questioning of the world and a consequence of our history – myths begin from the ‘stories we tell ourselves. The work combines movement exploration, imagination, moving meditation and writing as forms of creative research. The development of this pedagogy has been sponsored by the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw and by Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice grant.

We will focus on:

  • Personal and cultural narratives
  • Cultivating personal artistic journeys
  • Research of ‘worlds’ – both in our histories and in the art we create
  • Cultivating physical and spiritual freedom in performing and creating
  • The creation of original work

Applications 

My work supports many kinds of people who practice art: from theatremakers, to writers, actors who are seeking to bring their personal narratives to deepen their work, and people who work with creativity and stories.

Sign up via interest form by September 8 - link here.