We have a great international lineup for this edition of Improovelicious! Meet them all here! Be sure to check out rest of the crew as well!
Hai Impro (Romania)
One of the reasons why we love international improv festivals: it can open up a new world. In 2016, Andrei attended his first improv festival in Amsterdam an he was hooked. A few months later, he attended Improovelicious and on the last day of the festival he quit his job. Today, he is the founder of Hai Impro. He started his journey in improv among Dan & Dan. A journey, according to his own words, he will take for the rest of his life.
This year, we are thrilled to welcome him back as a performer and a teacher.
If you’re curious about this one, you can ask his shoes. They will probably be able to tell you everything. Seriously.
Dan was a 4 day packer at our previous edition. Together with his friend Andrei, he stole our hearts. He held a spontaneous workshop on ‘object puppetry’ during the Open Space. Attendants were so excited that he was forced to do another round. This year, we’re making him give a 3 hour workshop. He combines his love for puppetry with improv. And it’s a golden combo. Creating magic out of everyday stuff, isn’t that what improv is all about?
Yay, ‘another’ Dan! (Not the only similar first name at our festival. Things might get complicated.)
After working 10 years in financial consulting and project management, Dan Miron decided to go 100% into improv theatre. He has been playing improv with his group „Urban Impro” for 6 years – short form, long form and musical. This year, he’s joining his teammates Dan and Andrei to teach us about ‘Jiggy Janga’, a Yin and Yang philosophy that applies perfectly in improv.
All good things come in threes, right?
Project 2 (UK)
After seeing her perform in a deliciously dark Tim Burton inspired musical, we wanted more.
Katy appears to be a geek. And a very talented one. We wanted to bring something away from the perfectly ordinary, proper characters, in perfectly normal proper here-and-now situations. And although Tom Tollenaere is already part of our crew, we are also taking on Katy as our guide. We’re talking Back to the Future, Blade Runner, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters and Futurama.
Get your geek on!
When you talk robots, you’re talking Chris Mead.
With a wide set of performance skills and a warm heart for teaching, this humanoid is well integrated into the improv scene. This version of the Chris Mead comes with the options Musical and Time Traveling.
Steife Brise (Germany)
When we had our first festival in 2002, Thorsten was there.
And he has been very busy since. He inspires, improvises, and teaches with boundless skill and heart. Thorsten excites his audience as a facilitator and a well-rounded improviser in Hamburg’s theaters and companies. And he’ll be bringing some of those skills to Leuven.
We’re more than happy to welcome him back!
In 2018, Thorsten will not be the only one joining our 9th edition. So will this Torsten.
Together, they’ve put improv on the German map. We will dip into his 17 years of experience as a performer, host, trainer and coach. Also, we read somewhere that he’s nicknamed ‘Rudi’. That will sure help with some of the confusion.
A real international gem, this one.
Nadine knows her improv. She co-founded and was the Artistic Director of the improvisation ensemble „Der Kaktus“ in Wuerzburg, Germany. She now mainly works with the company „Steife Brise“ in Hamburg. Nowadays she has a strong focus on training improvisers and improvisation ensembles around the world.
Patti Stiles (Canada/Australia)
One of the leading ladies in improv theater and no stranger to Improovelicious.
Patti is a unique and dynamic teacher. Improv runs through her veins. This well traveled performer will bring her elegant style to the workshops and the stage.
She will take you on an improv adventure that will open your heart and your mind. We are thrilled to announce she will be giving one of our Intensives this year. But even then, she will leave you with a feeling of wanting more.
‘If Keith Johnstone would have an improv daughter, it would be Patti.’ – Marc Breban
Felipe Ortiz (Columbia)
A golden oldie at Improovelicious!
This year, we invited Felipe to join us as a special trainer. He will be giving closed training sessions to our international players group for the mixed format. But fear not! We are not keeping him all to ourselves. He will also be teaching one of the Intensives at our festival (a 3 day course) and several other workshops.
Things you will certainly take away from this workshop: sore muscles and a big smile.
After watching him perform at his International Improv Festival SUBITO! in Brest and dodging an object ‘Matrix style’, we were sold.
Romain Abasq found his way to improv in 2009. Since then, his ‘List of New Experiences’ keeps on growing and we are happy to soon be part of that list.
Next to being a strong performer, he’s also a very passionate teacher.
His knowledge on animal behaviour alone is a reason to take one of his workshops.
That’s why we handpicked him from France to come join the other international groups at our festival. (Yep, we’re cheating one of our festival focus points for him.) Come join his workshops and fall in love with this French guy.
Described by one of our Inspinazie team members as ‘the handsome version of Mister Bean’, there’s almost no need to introduce this guest any further.
Morgan is fascinated by masks, dance, mime, song, video and clown. It comes as no surprise that he is a multidisciplinary performer and teacher. Even without using words, he stands out on stage.This MultiMan creates many different shows and workshops to convey his vision of the scene. And we do like a strong vision.
Bill specialises in ‘being comfortable in the nothingness of things’.
He carries improv close to his heart. In the rush of his busy life, he always finds the time to share the stage with us. He’s never afraid to experiment and he will bring something deeper into the scene.
Don’t look into his eyes. They will pull you in.
Charlotte De Metsenaere
Charlotte is energy.
With an open mind and a willingness that can’t be tempered, she is constantly looking for new things to learn. This makes her a strong all-rounder as a teacher and a performer.
She will take you from a jolly scene where you’re both rowing a boat on the Indian Ocean to a silent emotional moment where she delivers bad news that will make you hold your breath. And then she’ll snap back into high enthusiasm while loudly laughing at your joke.
Our personal equivalent of a shot of espresso in the morning. What’s not to like?
This one is full of surprises!
When we crossed paths with Daisy, it felt like discovering ‘that great soundtrack from that movie’ for the first time. She brings her own dynamics to the scene. Technically and classically schooled, she can fill the whole theater with her music. She can create the right mood in a jiffy. And she’s always ready to experiment.
This lovely lady is not to be tampered with.
If you’re looking for that fragile layer of poetry while exploring strong characters, you’ve found your way. Elke is softness, heart and willpower all in one. There is no way of hiding your true self in her workshop. And she’ll call out your character on stage. With her suitcase full of experience, she will be honest and clear about what she expects from you. And she will help you find your own way.
Her workshops will make you want to say ‘Please miss, can I have some more?’
Eva Van Eynde
Meet our whimsical fairy godmother, Eva!
Her magic is as real as it gets, with insights reaching from children books to movement theatre and lifelong learning from Inspinazie. With Eva, scenes will never end up in talking heads. She moves, paints and mimes through stories.
As a teamplayer and trainer she will seek for hidden treasures in yet unexplored improvisation experiments. With a flick and swish, Eva will at the same time levitate your group and turn a bunch of individuals into a solid, strong party. She knows that if you believe in it, it can happen. And she will be the one contaminating the others to always look further, deeper, higher.
Frank De Block
A true joy on and off stage. Good thing he’s combining both at Improovelicious.
Franks goal is to become a partner on stage everyone enjoys playing with.
He will take initiative if needed and will follow your lead when you intrige him.
His sharp and witty mind makes humour his partner in crime.
With his big environmental heart, he specialises in playing all sorts of animals. Ask for his western european house cat.
A good musician supports. A great musician is an extra performer on stage.
A stage never feels empty when Ingmar is there. His music can tell a story on its own. It will support you while you take a leap of faith. It will give you the right push to make a bold change. With the ability to take the spotlight when needed or add that little extra layer of magic, Ingmar is one of our favorite players. And he will teach you how to turn music into your favorite partner.
He is our Pater Familias.
Marc brings a lot of experience to the stage. He embodies clowning to the fullest and can play the underdog like no one else. When you enter the stage with Marc, you find yourself in an open and peaceful place. He knows his improv and helps you find yours.
Marc has been around for ages but improv keeps him young.
We are very happy he found his own Fountain of Youth.
Nathalie Van Renterghem
Dauntlessly, Nathalie embraces the mystery of the experiment like no other.
She will dive into the unknown head first. She brings improv in its purest form. ‘I’m here. Let’s see what happens.’
As a teacher, she will have you questioning the rules, finding new angles of approach and looking for new perspective. You will learn to trust your body to know the answer.
She started teaching the younger improv generation more than 10 years ago. And she keeps on going. There is no stopping this one.
Look for initiative and you’ll find Tom.
Tom has a big heart. And improv is a huge part of it. He knows the field like the back of his hand and wants people to find their way. From behind his piano, or standing in the middle of the room, he trains performers to look beyond the obvious.