Workshops 2019/2020

IMPROVISED DRAMATURGY
This workshop is aimed to every improviser wanting to improve their narrative skills. As improvisers, we are more than just actors; we are also writers and directors of a unique, original play. In this workshop we will work on different narrative structures and different alternatives to build theatrical characters and reaching more complex improvised stories.


Duration: 4-12 hours
Min/Max participants: 6-12






THE TINY GLASS PERSON

Based on Gianni Rodari's "Grammatica della fantasia" chapter where he explains how to create characters based on different elements. In this class we will work the infinite possibilities and combinations of elements, objects, animals, sensations and feelings to achieve stronger and deeper characters.

Duration: 3-6 hours
Min/Max participants: 6-10



THE MOMENT

If we don't know where we're going… why hurry?

Some people think that improv is speed, dynamic, immediacy. But it's not just that. It's also pause, harmony and silence. It's a play written and performed on the spot and, like every play, it has its moments. Through this workshop we will try to find the joy of the scene. The joy of stopping and looking at the scenery, to develop inner and outer conflicts, to enjoy our characters, to deepen the dialogues and to consciously delay the resolution through the use of music.

Duration: 3-6 hours
Min/Max participants: 5-10



THE INVISIBLE DIRECTOR
The use of a sign language based on a simplification of the soundpainting technique created by Walter Thompson allows the director to sidecoach with compromising the theatrical experience. We will also explore the role of the director in the complex improv triad (actor-writer-director) and the creation of our own structures and formats.

Duration: 3 hours
Min/Max participants: 8-20


NOW YOU SEE IT... A class to work on the improvised stage.
Space, objects and characters live together in a place created befre the eyes of the audience and our partners. If you see it, they will too. In this class we will work on the concepts of use of the space, focus distribution, balance of forces and status and framing, using theatre plays, movies, photos and paintings as examples.

Duration: 3-6 hours
Min/Max participants: 6-12


IMPROVISED WRITING
Some people love how Jorge Luis Borges places the exact adjective before the ideal noun, while others prefer Julio Cortázar's pages full of corrections, more epic than perfect.

What's YOUR style when writing a story? What are your words? What are your structures? What are your themes or subjects?


We're going to work on paper. We are going to write improvised stories that won't be performed on stage. But don't worry, we're still going to celebrate the ephemeral nature of improv by destroying everything we wrote at the end of the class.