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  • Saturday

    January 26, 2019

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Ever dreamed of doing a show with only one more person? You should – it’s one of the most fun things! The workshop explores ways for two people to be together on stage while moving from scene to scene, from one character to the other. It will explore ways to move a story forward or create a collage of moments. It will explore the give and take, the tension and flow, the Ying and Yang of duo work. (For two people who sign up together)
    Cost: € 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)
    Where

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    What if we could play like a school of fish? They’re so connected, so seamlessly entwined that when they change direction it’s impossible to know who moved first. How does a group play effortlessly towards a common creation? With this organic groupwork, you will forget about your ego and enjoy the process of group creativity. Adding more physicality and trusting bodies before words, you can create massive and impressive living images on stage and make these images grow and evolve without anticipating. With the help of Viewpoints from Ann Bogart, stage work principles from LightboX, and the Del Close guideline “One mind, many bodies,” you will act like a school of fish and organically discover the next step of your scene, exploring variations of energy, rhythm, and space. Let's enjoy new possibilities of stage work with the multi-dimensionality of the group. This workshop is intended for people who'd like to: • Stop feeding their ego • Become a more supportive partner on stage • Transform mistakes into unexpected opportunities • Look for some teaching you can bring home and share with your regular partners. • Be a fish!
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • Sunday

    January 27, 2019

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Ever dreamed of doing a show with only one more person? You should – it’s one of the most fun things! The workshop explores ways for two people to be together on stage while moving from scene to scene, from one character to the other. It will explore ways to move a story forward or create a collage of moments. It will explore the give and take, the tension and flow, the Ying and Yang of duo work. (For two people who sign up together)
    Cost: € 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)
    Where

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Workshop about improvising in the style of Jane Austen. Charlotte performs regularly with Austentatious where they have specialized in impro in the genre of this English writer. She can't wait to get you all talking and acting like real English middle and upperclass from two centuries ago.
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • Monday

    January 28, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Developing the listening and awareness skills to collaboratively create a physically embodied narrative monologue with another partner
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Remember when we were children and every object was transformed into a live person? We used to make stories out of everything—a table, a carpet, or a garden suddenly could become a live stage with no audience. This workshop aims to do exactly the same thing we used to do as kids but now also with a live audience. - Animate your body parts: hands, feet, elbows, and knees can become improvised puppets - Choose your object and transform it into a puppet - Puppet as an extension of the body: To animate a character you have to first animate your body - Zoom in – Zoom out: Every place is a playing ground in micro and macro space. Every object can be a puppet and every puppet is a complex character. All that we have to do is bring them to life and just let them play.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Improvisers are already articulate, witty and interesting, so talking is rarely a problem! However, by giving the words we say real importance, and learning to love silence, we can create scenes that are braver, funnier, and break audiences’ hearts. Working with soundtracks, rhythms of language and theatrical physicality, we’ll focus on telling stories that really matter, both to us and the audience. Even before they open their mouths, characters can speak volumes about power, chemistry and the lives they inhabit.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we will explore truth in improvisation. We are used to thinking that impro always has to be funny, and that’s enough. In this workshop we will learn to use our own truth and put it at the service of the scene. We can be funny, but we can also be full of emotions and feelings and find another way to tell stories.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry
    show

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Welcome to IMPRO Amsterdam! In this first show our main cast players from Slovenia, Canada, the USA, Spain, Israel, Ireland, the UK, and the Netherlands will give you a taste of their unique improv style. Expect teasers of everything IMPRO Amsterdam 2019 has to offer.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Chairs—designed by members of the international collective Ohana, Vid Sodnik and Gerald Weber—looks for inspiration in the positional layout of the performing space. The rhythm and content of scenes are dictated by the layout of stage furniture. Let’s imagine that stage props are not merely there to help the content but are its main creators. Let’s imagine that everyday objects are not only tools of our lives but their main determiners.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    The stage is empty, no props to influence the imagination, pure improvisation creates the script. Actions of the ensemble are unpredictable; gestures are unexpected and spoken words surprising. The EAT ensemble performs in unknown territory—unknown to them and to the audience. Anything may happen. With each step, vocal sound, or spoken word, the unknown takes shape. It transpires into something that never was and never will be again. The performers enter the empty stage without a plan. Physical improvisation, imagination and life experience create a unique voyage of wild episodes, absurd characters and mysterious scenes.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Two years ago, these two improvisors met by chance at an improv festival in Ireland. It was love at first sight, except that Sara is from the United States and Kaisa is from Finland. What to do? Well, that is a long story, but I will tell you this—their wedding was a delight. Join them for a narrative journey inspired by a single audience suggestion, and watch as their characters create an adventure through the world around them, illuminating their surroundings and its inhabitants along the way.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • Tuesday

    January 29, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    “Gael, you always mime-fish on stage!” they say. Well, I might admit that it’s true. I love mime-fishing because it’s full of details, elements and fun you can play with. Do I fish in real life? Not at all! In this workshop, you will learn how to mime-fish, mime-drive, mime-slaughter-a-pig, and a thousand other activities. Based on strong space object work and a practice without words, you will discover the joy in exploring your surroundings on stage and performing activities in your scenes. Inspired by Lecoq’s exercises and visual object work, you’ll be able to mime anything like a pro!
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    When does the performance start for the audience? When does it end? What will they go home with? Who has the power? In this workshop we will explore the connections that can be made between actors and the audience. In out traditional performances, those on stage tend to inform those off stage how to feel and react. What would it be like to create the performance with the audience and truly listen to them? What does the world around us have to say when we let it talk? How can we immerse the audience in an improvised theatre experience? This workshop will leave you rethinking the way you look at performances, audiences, and the relationship between them.
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Whatever the scene is about, whoever you play, you need to personalize and specify everything you do to stay convincing, believable, and charismatic. In this workshop we will work on how to find your character’s story, world, moods, and relationships. In other words: We will personalize your choices so that you will have more depth, tension, and fun in your scenes.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Developing a technique he learned from experimental British theatre director Ken Campbell, Seamus Allen teaches a masterclass on how to own the stage. Focusing on the nine areas of stage dominance, Seamus uses games, musical underscoring and actors’ physicality to embolden improvisers. Learn to create wilder, more dynamic worlds that stimulate audiences’ narrative imaginations! High concept. Red-hot fun.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Students are taught to avoid conflict, but there is a way to use it to your advantage in stories and character-building. Every story needs some conflict, right? This workshop focuses on characters with conflict, how to play conflict with your scene partners, and how to use conflict in character building. Students learn how to start scenes with conflict and how to avoid the tiresome arguments conflict often brings. Don't avoid conflict; make conflict a skill to use!
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry
    show

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    An improv night with you as the star! Lee White invites audience members who have no stage experience to join him on stage. This show is an inspiration for the spectators to try something new and be rewarded for taking risks. The result is always moving and surprising, for both the observers and those who dare to get up there. It’s just magical to watch people who think they can’t do something try and succeed. Lee guides them through improvised scenes on stage, proving his special gift for letting his partners shine in a funny, touching and always unique show. “15 minutes of fame“ is inspired and influenced by the work of "Theatre X" and Stephen McIntyre in Winnipeg, Canada.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 21:20 - 22:20
    All players will enter a plane to take a trip to the unknown. The magic of so many improvisers on stage, the storylines that will unfold, the many details that you as the audience will experience will be untold. Prepare for some turbulence; we’re ready for takeoff when you are! Creator of the format: De Lelijke Eendjes. Director: Laura Doorneweerd.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    In a world filled with “things,” objects from the audience will come to life. They will be transformed into puppets, live characters with their own stories. A fairytale is born, told by everyday objects that have souls, dreams and a voice. This is Animus.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • Wednesday

    January 30, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Have you ever been in a improvised show where everything was screaming for you to improvise a song, but you tried everything to avoid it? It's not that you don't like improvising or singing, you’re just scared to combine the two? Have no fear! Juš Milčinski loves to improvise and sing, and funnily enough also loves doing improv songs! He will teach you everything you need to know about making up songs on the spot and not worrying too much about it! Most importantly, this workshop will give you a chance to test your song-making skills through fun exercises and inhibition-free performances.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Improvised scenes are based on relationships between the characters. In order to understand the relationships, it is key to focus on status work. Good status dynamics help to give scenes more playfulness and a deeper meaning. The workshop contains a theoretical introduction, studying video material and trying to apply it to practical work. We will learn about different statuses, and about their physical and verbal components.
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    This workhsop uses viewpoints, a physical theater style invented and popularized by Tina Landau and Anne Bogart, to be the drawing point for improvisational theater. In this workshop we will explore the possibilities of time (tempo, kinesthetic response, duration, repetition) and space (spatial relations, shape, gesture, architecture, repetition), break physical movement into specific elements, and explore them in our work. We will gain tremendous flexibility to use our bodies and look at our scene work from different angles. This will enable us to tell unconventional stories on the stage.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    This workshop speaks directly to those who want to have an in-depth conversation and create space for crafting performances to directly encounter social justice issues. We will discuss the need for both caution and bravery, the importance of trust and sensitivity, and challenge attendees to expand their understanding of what serves as a "social justice" performance. Our flagship format, The Swag Hat, has allowed us room to be in constant dialogue with both our audience as well as the happenings of the world around us. This workshop will engage attendees in how to manage the delicate nature of sensitive topics and the brutality of truth with honesty, creativity, and freedom. From the silly to the serious, we will learn to express ourselves safely to a public who is often uncertain of their own safety.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Gender is a construct, so let’s get constructive! With an emphasis on finding authenticity through subject matter often lost in stereotypes, we will utilize playful exercises to break from the binaries that bind and draw strong, meaningful connections to the gender identities in your life, both in and out of performance.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Clowning, physical theatre, and big dumb fun. Whether you feel trapped in your head as an improviser, or you’re searching for new moves to bust out on stage, this workshop will help liberate your body, your acting, and your comedy. Explore the art of clowning through physical theatre, and have a stupidly great time while you’re at it.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    We will explore freely the ability to find different characters from physical conditions, different materials, animals, rhythms, and psychological states. We can offer each of our characters our own experiences and ideas, so we can build them in a solid way and keep them alive when we use them in the scenes.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry
    show

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    TriStory is an improvised format created by Juš Milčinski, Peter Frankl and Vid Sodnik. As the title suggests, we shall see three stories acted out. They will all be located on the same spot—a historical site, building, monument, or tourist attraction—that will be selected by the audience. But each story will be unravelling in a different time period. Based on the information they get from the audience, the improvisers will present the locations and historical points in time where the stories are to take place. And then we all leap into a giant time machine that will take us to the distant past, and a moment later, to the present.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    RIOT—the Royal Improphonic Orchestra & Theatre—presents an improvised musical long-form performance on acid. Steering away from the classic Broadway straight story and associated musical clichés, we offer multiple storylines that may or may not converge, with songs and choreography, all set to steaming, pumping electronic dance music. We don't do piano ballads: we are RIOT on ACID!
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    In this format we will present an international game show where audience plays "Who would you pick?" It is a trio show where improvisers try to convince the audience to pick them for a certain task or situation. Audience members get to sit back and enjoy the emotional and dangerous ride of three performers who will try to win their hearts through different tasks.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • Thursday

    January 31, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    LightboX is a very unique and innovative format created by Franck Buzz where lighting and video atmospheres are the starting point of each new scene. LightboX has been played in more than 10 different countries with internationally famous improvisers: Patti Stiles, Joe Bill, Inbal Lori, Felipe Ortiz, Susan Messing, and more. The related workshop “Play with Lights and Video” helps you understand how lights can become your partner on stage and opens new possibilities for stage work (with or without lights). Create powerful images, give and take the focus, be connected without eye contact, play the simple and obvious, trust relationships and emotions before words. Inspired by the LightboX format, you will play in several lighting and video atmospheres to enter in a new universe of fantasy and poetry. This workshop is intended for people who'd like to : - Trust themselves, their partners, and the audience - Make bold choices - Play the obvious - Explore new stage work
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    In this workshop, we will highlight what happens to us as performers when a scene becomes scary, offensive, or insensitive and we freeze or lose ourselves. We explore some approaches to get agency back when we find ourselves somewhere uncomfortable, with tools for improvising mindfully and finding a proactive voice for you and your show. TRIGGER AND CONTENT WARNING: This is a class dealing with topics of race or socially and politically charged situations, which means it will include discussions and scenes dealing with race, gender, and other sensitive areas, and how to move forward thoughtfully, respectfully and meaningfully when you find yourself there.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    The term “game” can describe many things - board games, children’s games, video games ... they all have a lot of things in common: they’re usually fun, have a set of rules and have patterns. It’s the same with games within an improvised scene! We’ll often hear improv teachers say “find the game of the scene”, which is a terrible way of describing the process, because it suggests we’re too stupid to invent it ourselves (to paraphrase Susan Messing). In this workshop we’ll find ways to explore “the game” and have lots of fun with patterns!
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Improvisers are great storytellers. Imagery and poetic techniques can be a brilliant way to draw our audiences into the story and scorch them with our sizzling play. In this workshop, we will use tools crafted by great poets to shape and inspire our work. Imagery, alliteration, rhyme and rhythm are all covered in a fun and accessible way. We will crack open the poetic rhythm made famous by Shakespeare: iambic pentameter AND simplify the approach to freestyle rap. Discover how verbal limitations can set your work free. No experience of poetry is needed, but you are welcome to bring along your favourite poems/ lines of poetry, song lyrics or rap and we will use these as inspiration. Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? —Mary Oliver (Attend this workshop, Mary!)
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Because of our innate fear of being judged and of the future, we often give non-emotional reactions on stage, thereby lessening our partner's offer and its impact. Our brains are very complex and make connections all the time, even our imagination is boundless, we just don't always have the courage to explore it. If we react and let ourselves be affected, so might someone else watching us. In this workshop we'll work on being affected by a variety of factors, and try to find more courage and mischief within ourselves to seek out every corner in our imagination to see how it can change us.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    If you played in a scene in which there were more than two improvisers and you felt that it was too much, you are more than welcome to join this class! We will work on group scenes – how to listen to each other, how to move the focus of a scene, how to make everybody important, and how to make group characters. More than two people on the stage are a crowd? Not anymore!
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry
    show

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Lee White and Inbal Lori created this format together. Welcome in a world where all the male players will explore the world through the eyes of females, and the female players will take on the role of their male counterparts. Be prepared for some revelations as you see how subtly some behaviour is ingrained in our society! And you betcha those revelations are funny and will provide you and your fellow audience with something to discuss during the break!
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 21:20 - 22:20
    In a world as absurd & thrilling as it is tragic, three characters’ lives slowly unravel… It’s 1929. Society is on the edge of a Great Depression. Talking pictures are slowly killing silent movies. The air resonates with wild music, pretty words and unspoken dreams. Inspired by the audience, Charlotte Gittins, Lauren Shearing & Seamus Allen create a play from scratch. Hilarious, touching and emotionally daring, nobody knows how this will end. Only one thing is certain: the world of 1929 is about to change forever.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Jongenszot is an eclectic mix of improvised theatre and music. All actors on stage are also musicians, and vice versa - all the time. Jongenszot will bring 5 Dutch gentlemen, 4 bass guitars, and a flute. Each player is either playing scenes - or playing an instrument, so there’s no time to hide. This results in continuous change of composition (pun intended) on stage. The setting, actors, musicians and topics of the scenes transform constantly and organically. A single note can lead into a personal monologue, a pub fight into a huge wall of sound, and a wrong chord into a beautiful love story.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 22:45 - 23:30
    We want you to take part in our scientific experiment... Improbotics is a live improvised Turing Test: an actual artificial intelligence-based chatbot is performing in the show. That AI tries to pass as human in front of an audience of human judges as it sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. The aim of our show, Improbotics, is an arts-meet-science interdisciplinary exploration of how actors can seamlessly perform while controlled by a machine. Our impossible (and hilarious) challenge is to justify physically and emotionally lines that make no sense at all.... Our show, co-created by Piotr Mirowski (France/Poland/UK) and Kory Mathewson (Canada), two established research scientists in robotics, as well as by drama and improv director Jenny Elfving (Sweden), was featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, Science & Avenir, RTE One and Bloomberg. "I will stick with artificial stupidity" (Colin Mochrie)
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • Friday

    February 1, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    In this workshop we'll play together and fail together. Pushing yourself to the edge of your abilities makes it possible to surprise yourself and your partner and that's where the magic happens. You want your audience to feel that you and your partner are creating everything right in front of their eyes. All the risk-taking and "mistakes" make it real. We'll work on different ways and techniques to stay spontaneous and make the scene turn to the unexpected. We'll try to push ourselves outside our comfort zone, patterns and usual character choices.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    This workshop is for those who want to start working with the audience even more than already usual in improv. You may have heard of Lees work on stage, performing scenes with audience members in the show „Your 15 Minutes of Fame“. The results can be magical. Its a must see for any Improvisor. Working with the audience can be tricky, dangerous and even frightening. Lees approach is simple... they should be the star. Giving everything to support your public partner becomes the best practice for any improvisor. Lee takes you through his philosophy and various scenarios to condition you for entering the world of scenes with audience members. For experienced performers.
    Cost: € 80
    workshop
    full day
    (semi)professional (8+ years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Esmeralda is founder and artistic leader of ‘VastGoedToneel’, a theatre group that performs location based long form improv. So using the space and location is her speciality. This workshop will be in two parts. Part one focuses on playing with the space in the room, your own space and the space between you and your scene partner. The second part focuses on using real spaces, locations in the building and how they influence your scene, your voice, your focus and the focus of the audience.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    The actor's nightmare is a two-person improv game where one improviser has to read from a written script while the other justifies all the lines. Strong physicality, emotion-filled acting and quick wit are required to make the incongruous scenes work.  We created a futuristic version of that game and made it into a full tech-infused show, called Improbotics, currently adopted by three teams in London, Stockholm and Edmonton, Canada. In Improbotics, and instead of scripted lines written in advanced, we have an artificial intelligence-based chatbot that prompts the actors via headphones. The lines do not always make sense, but need to be delivered with confidence by the performer. The humor comes from how seamless the scene looks like. This workshop will take you out of your improv robot head (as an actual robot will literally tell you what to say next) and will make you work on your sincerity, your voice and stage presence, on your listening, and will remind how important it is to accept and heighten, physically and emotionally, the offers that are made on the stage.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Ever feel like you can't trust your instincts on stage? Like you're doubting yourself and you're not sure what you bring to the party? This workshop will help you see that You Are Enough! With a focus on the gifts you can give to yourself and others, and trusting in 6 your own ideas, this workshop will help you realise just how much you have to offer on stage.
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 17:30 - 18:45
    Imagine seeing a play, where you, the audience, know more than the actors. You see all events, you know all secrets, yet the actors do not. But you see a real play with clever intrigues, character histories, revealed secrets and a proper dramatic ending. How could that be possible? Vastgoedtoneel is based on two principles: firstly, we play plays that are specifically created for beautiful and uncommon locations; and secondly, the audience must know more than the players. You will see lots of weird and interesting spaces in the beautiful, historic building of the Compagnietheater that are normally out of bounds. You will hear the starting point of a story written specifically for those spaces, whereas the actors will only hear parts. And then the actors will improvise a full length dramatic play, in which the players are not creating a story – but are befallen by it.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
    show

  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry
    show

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Impro LightboX is the award winning latest creation from Franck BuzZ, Artistic Director of SUBITO Festival, in Brest, France. The light becomes the actor’s partner on stage. Strong visual pictures stimulate the actor’s imagination, heightening creativity, playfulness and the relationships between characters. It is poetic, funny, imaginative, abstract and very creative. Impro LightboX won the Jury’s Trophy at the Impronale Festival (Germany) for poetry, commitment and harmony. Impro LightboX is played in different languages: a mix of languages, international english, gibberish, ... and a lot of silence! Emotions, pictures, body language and relationships are universal!
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    "Blackout presents: The Swag Hat" is our honest take on various issues concerning our society. In Swag Hat, we create a dialogue with the audience by having you anonymously submit topics, questions, and comments to us by writing those subjects down on slips of paper and putting them into a hat before the show. We then take that hat of suggestions and have you, an audience member, reach into the hat to randomly select which one we will use as our suggestion. What follows is an honest conversation about the suggestion - relating it honestly to our lives, to various aspects of our culture, to whatever it is that is the suggestion brings to our minds - and then we break into jubilant longform improv rooted on the conversation we've just had. That’s it! We weave all of the topics brought up that night into an austere experience that you, the audience, creates with us. The entire room has a stake in what becomes a hilarious back and forth between the performers and audience. Honesty above everything, filled with community. You're gonna love it.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    The four French bandits are back for new adventures! In a totally wordless play, the four brothers will show you a rocambolesque story full of guns, horses and whisky in the Wild Wild West. Using their bodies, sound effects and solid object work, the Fraltons create a unique show combining the famous physicality of members from la Carpe Haute in Strasbourg and from Poulpe Production in Brest. Beards, glasses, brown hair, French: those four are definitely brothers!
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Inspired by a true story from B&B's own married life, their signature "Revolver" format consists of an array of characters who can be played by either improvisor at anytime. These characters will be mixed and matched, and may even all appear in scene(s) simultaneously. Since B&B is a duo, they must focus their improv skills to present interactions amongst a lifelike set of distinctly vivid personalities.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Saturday.

    February 2, 2019

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    A well-performed song can really spice up an improv performance. However, even seasoned improvisers sometimes shy away from singing. In this workshop we focus on creating and performing improvised songs, and the good news is that anyone can do it!  We will prove in this workshop that each of us has been so immersed in (western) pop music, that we all unconsciously know ‘the rules’ of pop music. This workshop will help you unlock this unconscious knowledge. No prior musical improv experience is needed. You don’t need a good singing voice, you can be tone-deaf and rhythmically challenged. We’ll still make you sing. And shine. Expect to learn: - What to sing about - How to make a song stick - How to create song structures - How to create a variety of melody and rhythm - When (not to) rhyme - How and when to sing together in duets and group songs
    Cost: € 40
    workshop
    morning
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    In this course we will learn how to use the body as well as the mind when improvising. The two can’t be dissociated, and we transmit in silence what is happening in our bodies. Not to be dissociated to be able to transmit in silence with our bodies the things that are happening to us. We will learn to gather ideas with physicality and body, in order to achieve a more complete and committed communication.
    Cost: € 40
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    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    The advanced short form workshop helps improvisers: -sharpen solo and team skills -use speed and focus within a scene -establish, maintain and forward scenes while maintaining scene development -commit to environments and characters This workshop will have improvisers performing comedy for one another. Fun will be had. There may be beatboxing.
    Cost: € 40
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    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Get loose, get limber; and get ready for fun! With over 15 years of professional improv experience under her belt; Betse Green is the champ you need in your corner! As the co-owner of CSz Boston & a certified Improv Educator and Architect, she has collected a battery of exercises that will keep you on your toes and have you coming back for more. Rediscover the joy of your favorite warm-ups. Delve into new and exciting approaches to add to your toolbox. Then build fresh connections and valuable insight into the games that can enrich & entwine your ensemble. By the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away knowing: • New warm-ups for your toolbox • Rediscovering the joy in old warm-ups applying them in new and different ways • Assist you in building blocks in creating your own workshops
    Cost: € 40
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    afternoon
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Imagine a scene between an angry bird and a depressed CEO trying to repair a copy machine together, and this is the start of imagining the whimsical and hilarious nature of Interspecies Improv. I start with Movement Improv structures and techniques ranging from Post Modern Dance aesthetics, to Laban’s qualities of movement, to simply leading explorations of the infinite ways our Bodies can make shapes and move in order to break the boundaries of what could be identified as pedestrian, Human movement. I use imagery also asking the class to move as birds, dogs, clouds, a pencil, a CEO etc. Infinite possibilities arise. Then the fun begins after we physically create these characters, give them side coaching with emotions, or accents or whatever, and put them in scenes together. The scenes are always fresh, touching, hilarious and more.
    Cost: € 40
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    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    In this fun show, all scenes will be played in one of the native languages from one of the mixed cast. No other languages allowed. Expect more silence, a tiny but fun vocabulary for the added players, and unexpected turns due to the lack of spoken communication.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Dancing as if nobody is watching: that’s what the international cast will do - except with 200+ people watching. Their shimmy, shakes, moves and groves will inspire scenes and stories. A true testament to the players’ stamina and a seamless transition to the festival’s final party. Creator of the format: Laura Doorneweerd. Director: Laura Doorneweerd
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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Whats included in one ticket*?
The show tickets give you access to

  • the 2 main shows of that evening in the Grote Zaal
  • 1 of the late night shows of that evening
    Only limited seats available per latenight show so get your latenight card before the first main show starts at the entrance.
  • the afterparty on Saturday 27th of January 22:30

So you buy a ticket for a whole evening full of improv!

How can I get a discount on shows?

Buy a passepartout!

With a passepartout, you get 6 evenings full of improv and one night for free! Only 30 passepartouts available

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All evening shows will be held at the Compagnietheater.
All shows and workshops are in English!
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