Intensive – Physical & Clowning – Felipe Ortiz
In this intensive workshop, the participants will be trained to allow their body to surprise them, taking them to unexpected places and circumstances and finding pleasure and play. Through clown techniques and physical play, you will find a special way of connection with the audience, the discovery of creativity immersed in failure and the ability to live in the present moment: right here, right now.
Intensive – Gender / Genre – Patti Stiles
Many of the genres we perform have characters that were created to reflect society of the time. Even of the author set the story in a different time, the actions or behaviours of the characters represented the social sensibility of the reader. These acceptable social rules were heavily categorised into male and female behaviour.
Today’s world is different. Our social dynamics and ‘rules’ of engagement encompass more freedom then rules of the past, yet our storytelling is still shackled to historical roles.
For example, it we continue to categorise behaviour by gender, in reflection of today’s world, are we not perpetuating a form of sexism? Do the actions need to be linked to the gender for the story to be told? Do the stories remain genre ‘true’ regardless of ‘gender’ casting? By questioning, challenging and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and removing the gender assumptions we break open new levels of impro play and possibilities.
Note: this is a 3-day workshop on March 15-16-17
Intensive – Embrace your Character – Elke Janssen
As a continuation of my workshop “Just be” I now want to be your guide in loving your character. Explore what you can be on stage, discover details and characteristics from who you are in the story. Give your character a full body scan, both mentally and physically. I would love to share my “on-stage-philosophy” with you, as gift – not as a must. The only must are shoes!
Make the Audience Care – Nadine Antler
A lot of the times when we play an improvised show, we are good at engaging the audience. We are happy if the show has had a good arch and the audience has left the theatre feeling like they just spent a great night of entertainment. But can Impro be more than a 90-minute distraction from our daily life? Can Impro – just like a good movie – change the view on our own reality, make us think about that fight we’ve just had and pick up the phone and say: „I am sorry, Mom“?
When we improvise, the audience sees the characters we play. But often we let them see US – the performers – behind the characters as well. In doing so, we show playfulness and we connect to the audience. But just like everything else, it is a matter of balance. If we show too much of ourselves, commitment to our characters suffers and we might jeopardise a good scene. If letting ourselves be seen as persons becomes a fallback only and we don’t really care about the story anymore, the question is: Why should the audience even care?
In this workshop, Nadine Antler will call you on those fallbacks. She will help you stay connected to the story, create a show of variety – of laughter, screaming and tears – and to play memorable scenes that the audience can really relate to.