The Actors Gymnasium
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Kiana Harris Simon
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Master Workshop in Chinese Pole Offered
Photo by Cole Simon

EVANSTON, IL - The Actors Gymnasium (AG) recently featured a circus apparatus known as Chinese pole in their highly acclaimed show, The Magical Exploding Boy and The Invisible Circus. The Chinese Pole was a major crowd pleaser in the shows finale and piqued interest among students and staff. Due to this notable level of interest, AG will offer a master workshop on the apparatus, taught by Javen Ulambayar. 


Ulambayar graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Kinesiology degree and an emphasis on clinical movement and science. During his high school and college years, he attended the circus school "Juventas" in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Here he attained his skills in a variety of performing acts. His performances while in circus school included tumbling, teeterboard, jump rope, Chinese Pole, acro and Russian Bar. He also specializes in aerial straps. 


The Chinese pole is a vertical pole on which performers display strength and skill by climbing, sliding down, and holding poses. The two hour Chinese pole workshop will focus on incorporating movements and techniques that develop strength, flexibility and endurance. This class is suitable for all levels and abilities and is open to complete beginners.  


The workshop will take place on May 3rd for students ages 16 and older. For more information and to enroll in the workshop, click here. 


The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is owned by the City of Evanston and home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months. 


Actors Gymnasium classes are taught in a 3,000 sq/ft gymnasium space that features a 1,600 sq/ft sprung floor and a fully rigged 17 foot ceiling. All aerial equipment such as the Aerial Hoop, Spanish Web, aerial silks, static trapeze and more are provided, as well as the equipment for ground skills such as unicycling, juggling, tight wire and gymnastics. Classes such as dance or drama may take place in other studios within the Noyes Cultural Arts Center that feature tiled/wooden floors. Padded gymnastic mats and other equipment will be added if necessary.


The Actors Gymnasium [an Illinois Not-For-Profit 501(c)(3) corporation] is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults;produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities for our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively.  For more information, visit