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Giving Space & Taking Time

The collaboration between players inside of an improvisation is often a great challenge, yet the very place for a growth. Our job is improvisers is to make our partners material work, not to doubt it, but rather advance it, enhance with our own additions. This workshop focuses on the “how” of improving the growth of the improvisation. Every moment is a great opportunity to say “yes.” How do I let go of what I think is “right” and join my partner(s)? When should I take space? How can I get out of the way of the improvisation?

When we improvise we are engaged with the space and passage of time in each unfolding moment. In this workshop, we will use our sense-ability to track & engage the moving and/or voicing body, and experience the act of performing/being. We will work with embodied presence and explore the agility of the imagination through exercises that are simple, playful, and challenging. Building one’s awareness is an essential part of this “sense-ability’.  Becoming more aware of the body experience helps each performer become more aware of their performing. The constellation of sensations, feeling states/moods and ideas that may arise are all part of this process. Our focus is the inescapable musicality of each moment-to-moment experience, the space and time inside solo/ensemble/duet work, and body generated sound and language. We will be using the body as the source material for spontaneous expression, physically, vocally and verbally. The goal is to develop performers who possess the vitality, sense-ability, and daring instincts of great improvisers, and who can to translate those qualities into any creative work they undertake.

Exercises that point towards collaboration between partners bring you closer, deeper into creating improvisations that rocket from previously stagnation into stellar displays of humanness.

Some topics included:

Collaborative frame development

Adding the next piece of music

Facing, placing & shape

Relocating to strengthen the scene

Bulking & shadowing

Adding onto, repeating or associating off of material

Action Theater™ is a physical theater improvisation training which expands individual expressive range, builds ensemble awareness, and offers performers a clear, structured form in which to play with abandon. By integrating the kinesthetic intelligence of dance with the emotive nature of acting, Action Theater™ helps students access imaginative impulses. The training builds vocal, verbal, and physical performance skills, hones awareness and increases expressive range.