Workshops

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  • Saturday

    January 25, 2020

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! I will start with a confession: Wes Anderson is my favorite current director! Sometimes I wish his movies could last forever so I won’t have to stop watching them. This is why I’m super excited to invite you to explore with me – what makes Wes Anderson’s movies so much fun? Our workshop will enable us to play with the coolest tools of impro: mysteries yet strong characters, narration, montage, great story telling, stage designing in real time, juicy relationships, sharp dialogues and much more!
    Cost: € 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Romantic relationships, love, sex and intimacy are universal themes. We see them in film, theatre and music all the time. In improv, however, it seems to be different. We rarely see truly romantic love scenes and we almost never hear honest conversations about sex. The idea of entering such personal territory easily freaks us out. It's vulnerability at its purest... And yet, opening up to these themes can make our scene work much richer. How do we electrify the audience with our sexual energy without being explicit? How do we touch their hearts as Shakespeare did in Romeo and Juliet? In this workshop, Rama Nicholas creates a relaxed and safe environment where you can get to the bottom of these questions, explore your fears around intimacy on stage, build trust and break down barriers. Performing love scenes is a skill like any other and it can be learned. It just takes trust, bravery, honesty, and a willingness to take risks you might have never taken before.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    (semi)professional (8+ years)
    Where

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your musical improv to the next level, this workshop will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative or theme, lyrics and choreography. This workshop leads to a presentation show which will be presented on Monday from 18:45 - 19:30. You and your fellow workshop members will show everyone what you've learned on stage.
    Cost: € 200
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • Sunday

    January 26, 2020

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! I will start with a confession: Wes Anderson is my favorite current director! Sometimes I wish his movies could last forever so I won’t have to stop watching them. This is why I’m super excited to invite you to explore with me – what makes Wes Anderson’s movies so much fun? Our workshop will enable us to play with the coolest tools of impro: mysteries yet strong characters, narration, montage, great story telling, stage designing in real time, juicy relationships, sharp dialogues and much more!
    Cost: € 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Romantic relationships, love, sex and intimacy are universal themes. We see them in film, theatre and music all the time. In improv, however, it seems to be different. We rarely see truly romantic love scenes and we almost never hear honest conversations about sex. The idea of entering such personal territory easily freaks us out. It's vulnerability at its purest... And yet, opening up to these themes can make our scene work much richer. How do we electrify the audience with our sexual energy without being explicit? How do we touch their hearts as Shakespeare did in Romeo and Juliet? In this workshop, Rama Nicholas creates a relaxed and safe environment where you can get to the bottom of these questions, explore your fears around intimacy on stage, build trust and break down barriers. Performing love scenes is a skill like any other and it can be learned. It just takes trust, bravery, honesty, and a willingness to take risks you might have never taken before.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    (semi)professional (8+ years)
    Where

  • 10:15 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your musical improv to the next level, this workshop will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative or theme, lyrics and choreography. This workshop leads to a presentation show which will be presented on Monday from 18:45 - 19:30. You and your fellow workshop members will show everyone what you've learned on stage.
    Cost: € 200
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • Monday

    January 27, 2020

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Science Fiction is about building worlds and seeing the human perspective alongside visions of the future, different universes or new technology. Science Fiction can be a huge and sprawling genre, so we learn to find out which strand we are playing in and hone in on the style at play.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    A workshop dedicated to techniques that forge a fierce and stable connection with your scene partner. Work on emotional listening, making clear choices, building a scene together and having an emotional point of view. We’ll also play with ideas that allow you to be vulnerable, fearless and effortlessly collaborative.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    IMPRO Amsterdam offers the rare opportunity to study with one of Europe's best improvisers. Don’t miss Beatrix Brunschko’s powerful teaching where she brings her extensive experience as an improviser and theater artist to the Netherlands in this workshop. Brunschko leads improvisers through a parallel journey of the ant world to capture the essence of improv, releasing the improvisers to a new level of understanding and performance of the craft. It’s active and immersive, guided by Brunschko’s unique teaching style straight from Austria. Take the deep dive and find out how The Power of Ants take you to the next level of spontaneous theater. If you give a colony of ants a week and a pile of dirt they will transform it into skyscrapers in an ant-scaled city. Without a blueprint or a leader millions of little individuals create a complex, fascinating, functioning society. It turns out that ants perform these complex tasks by obeying a few simple rules. It all results from local interactions between the individuals who are simply using their ant power and are just doing their jobs as ants in response to outside cues and each other. In this workshop let them be an inspiration for the collaboration of us improvisors on stage. Let them be our role models for working together on stage when we are using our improv power to create a piece of theatre from nothing. So let´s focus on our true improv powers and let´s just simply do our job as improvisors and practice our best improv skills while we spend time on stage together. Let´s truly listen to our fellow players. Let´s open up and look into each others eyes for real. Let´s unconditionally follow each other. Let´s honestly respond to our fellow players in every single moment of our connection. And at the end of the day let´s step aside and look back at the complex, fascinating pieces of theatre we left behind. „Stories which emerged as an unintended result from nothing because we were not focusing on building a stories. Stories we didn´t know were happening while we were creating them because we were just doing what improvisors do.“ - Randy Dixon This workshop emerged out of the 19th Seattle Festival of Improvisation in June 2015.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    We will freely explore the ability to find different characters. From physical conditions, types of materials, animals, rhythms, psychological states. Offering each of the characters our own experiences and ideas to build them in a solid way and be able to keep them alive during the work, when we use them our the scenes.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    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.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • Tuesday

    January 28, 2020

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    We tend to stick to stereotypes, and we tend to group people in stereotypes as well, without actually realizing it. How many times have we seen a woman performing the typical secretary on stage, while the man is playing the bad boss of a business? Wouldn’t it be cool to see the opposite roles, going against the stereotypes? In this workshop we will challenge our brain to think differently, while at the same time we will explore all the characters we can do by using our body and voice in a more exotic way, using combinations we have hardly ever seen. We will go from practicing typically high and low status to more advanced stuff, getting more concerned about what we are doing, particularly with our body and voice, and we will avoid usual habits and stereotypes.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Let’s take risks, let’s get up on the stage and play scenes with 4, 5, 6 or even 10 people together. Let’s see how we can find focus, harmony, beauty, narrative, statuses and much more in this situation. Let’s play scenes that work and that are super fun to watch! I believe that seeing a bunch of improvisers finding the flow together is a powerful and unusual thing to see on stage. I invite you to explore together the power of the group: to find the different notes in the harmony, to find the balance between leading and following, to enjoy the power of a supportive group and to work from agreement, acknowledgment and generosity. This workshop leads to a presentation show which will be presented on Thursday from 18:45 - 19:30. You and your fellow workshop members will show everyone what you've learned on stage.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we will break all boundaries and rules about what its magic or not in improv and we will make everything look normal, a day-to-day thing. We will find a different way to tell stories using a lot of new tools. We can be whatever we want, everything is possible!
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    The side of the stage is one of the most powerful places to be in improv. If you watch a scene passively, it might die on the stage. But with the right entrance, line, or sound effect, you can make it truly great. Kevin Miller will teach you how to hone your instinct for an offer from the sidelines—know when to join the scene, when to stay off, and how to seamlessly become part of the show.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    A class to work on the improvised stage. Space, objects and characters live together in a place created before 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.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • Wednesday

    January 29, 2020

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    «Physicality» is a workshop to explore physicality and wordless acting. Based on clowning, miming and music, we will explore poetry and burlesque with exercises about rhythm, silence, focus, and loving to be silly.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Let’s take risks, let’s get up on the stage and play scenes with 4, 5, 6 or even 10 people together. Let’s see how we can find focus, harmony, beauty, narrative, statuses and much more in this situation. Let’s play scenes that work and that are super fun to watch! I believe that seeing a bunch of improvisers finding the flow together is a powerful and unusual thing to see on stage. I invite you to explore together the power of the group: to find the different notes in the harmony, to find the balance between leading and following, to enjoy the power of a supportive group and to work from agreement, acknowledgment and generosity. This workshop leads to a presentation show which will be presented on Thursday from 18:45 - 19:30. You and your fellow workshop members will show everyone what you've learned on stage.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Explore your dark side in this workshop about playing authentic Villains. How do we get good at being really bad. For most of us it feels very unnatural. But, every great hero needs a great villain to overcome. Villains can be integral to a story. This workshop explores how to bring out our inner villain and not in a 'pantomime' way! I mean dark, dangerous and unpredictable. Exploring offers and characters we would never have dreamed of before. It also explores why we might be afraid of playing the bad guy on stage. Because of the nature of the work this workshop requires absolute commitment, trust and openness from all participants.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Batman and Joker. Simba and Scar. Good character. Bad character. We judge so easily, don't we? But can we be 100% sure? Geralt of Rivia. Tyler Durden. Robin Hood. What makes someone good? Bad? What is the worst thing you did in life? And best? Why did do you it? Nobody is just good or bad. Let’s not take the easy way, don’t make our characters shallow. This workshop is for you to take your roles seriously, and make them truthful, instead of stereotypical. So the audience could feel the flaws of heroes and reasons of villains. So we could leave the audience with questions, that they have to answer to themselves, and so they have something to talk about on their way home
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    A character class for improvisers who are convinced they can't do character work. Del Close said character is a 'thin veil' we wear. By that he meant that when we play people who are not ourselves, the vast majority of that character is still us - our thoughts, our opinions, our experiences - with a thin veneer of superficial difference draped on top. Starting from this idea, we'll explore numerous ways to play characters that are both subtlety or wildly different from your default while still rooting everything in an authentic sense of yourself as a performer and person. You won't have to do accents and you won't have to do silly walks.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    In Improvisation scenes, the ending often lies in the beginning. I will show you how to begin your scenes with playfulness, vitality and focus. We’ll deconstruct the first 5, 15 & 30 seconds of a scene in order to be connected to “Who am I?”, “Who are you?” & “Who are WE?” I’ll help increase your awareness of the psychological and emotional content that lies beneath and fuels the dialogue to give you the best chance to play an honest, grounded scene, rooted in depth and the humor of discovery.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • Thursday

    January 30, 2020

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    This workshop explores ways of using the human body as a tool for comedy and storytelling. In the search for comedy, it is easy to forget that body language is universal, and we can use our bodies to speak, instead of always relying on verbal language. This workshop will prove that it is not necessary to speak to be able to create stories, to transmit emotions, and connect with your audience. In this workshop you will learn a variety of tricks and techniques from the world of mime and clowning, and show how they can be used to create realistic objects and environments on stage
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Do you struggle with the very beginning of a scene? Take Larry David’s advice: do nothing. Start a scene by talking about the weather, or your coffee, or any other boring thing. Kevin Miller will teach you how to let your scenes grow organically, without worrying about the “who, what, where.” You’ll end up with a funnier scene than you could ever think up on your own.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Come with us into the shadows Theatre (and improv) isn’t about normal people doing normal things, it’s about extraordinary people doing the strangest of things. But dipping into those areas of ourselves can be difficult. In this class, we will concentrate on the darkest and the weirdest. For each of us, there are different things which we feel uncomfortable playing, which we do not want to think about or be seen as. This class is about looking under the bed, facing our fears in performance and taking control of the material that scares us. We want to be able to play and own these scenes, examine the depths of human depravity and suffering in a safe and supportive environment without feeling out of control or exploited. In fact, we want to enjoy it! So come play scenes of people living the worst times of their lives and doing the worst things possible. Come play murderers and their victims, corrupt politicians and licentious bishops. Come be your worst self. (Somewhat obviously, this workshop comes with a warning. Much of the content may be unpleasant and even offensive, but we believe that through honesty and examination, we will journey into the underworld to bring back the treasure, and be stronger for the journey.)
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Exploring the dynamics and best practices that are usually in place for the best longform shows. Slightly more focused on Format based improve from the states, less emphasizing Narrative BUT, tending to Narrative as an aspect of Longform Dynamics…and with a tip of the hat to the top 3 things I learned from Del Close in studying Longform with him in the 80’s & 90’s.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Everyone has the Ugly inside. No matter how little we want to have it and how hard we avoid it, it will always be with us. In this workshop, you will become friends with your inner and outer Ugly. You will learn when and how to use it. You will take more risks with making strong decisions. You will look very bad and feel joy because of it. You will embarrass your inner critic. You will use your body. How to make the Ugly authentic and also make him hide sometimes? Will you dare to set your Ugly free?
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we’ll spend sometime diving into deep emotions of sadness, anger, and grief and explore the ways in which they can deepen our scenework. Emotional vulnerability is scary and powerful, and we’ll look it right in the face.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Watching television is considered one of the less inspiring hobbies if you’re into art, improv and theatre. I disagree. We can learn a lot from the world of TV to improve our improv. We’ll be looking into edits, perspectives, forms of storytelling, and finding the clue to the story in a short time. All are techniques used in the world of TV as well. They can be used to create a fun and fast form of improv. Besides the techniques, we’ll also go through a set of different TV formats and apply them in our scenes. Because Lena is not only working as an improviser, but also as an professional TV and radio producer for the biggest broadcasting stations in Germany, she really knows what she is doing. No fake news.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • Friday

    January 31, 2020

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    As improvisers our job is to co create stories on the fly that move our audience. How do we do it? We’ll look at playing with structure and freedom; and what makes our tales compelling so we can create satisfying magic!
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Are you one of those improvisers who truly enjoys being as fast and as furious as possible with improv games and warm-ups? Well feel alone no more! Even with the improv exercises we already know, there are ways to look for a new game-within-game in order to keep ourselves from getting bored. In this workshop you will get a chance to push yourself to the edge of your dexterity and play with the limits! You know what they say: when you’re not making mistakes and failing in class and on-stage, it means you are playing it safe!
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    2 day workshop! Exploring the dynamics and best practices that are usually in place for the best longform shows. Slightly more focused on Format based improve from the states, less emphasizing Narrative BUT, tending to Narrative as an aspect of Longform Dynamics…and with a tip of the hat to the top 3 things I learned from Del Close in studying Longform with him in the 80’s & 90’s.
    Cost: 160
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Cardume is a group of 10 people on and off stage. Finding the flow, balance and focus with such a big group on stage can be challenging, but it can also be magical! A large group of people brings many theatrical possibilities, allowing for spectacular group scenes and much needed support throughout an entire show. But stories and scenework can only truly advance and develop with a small group of characters and relationships. So how can we balance a big number of improvisers with a small number of main characters and plot points? How do we prevent chaos with so many ideas floating on stage? How can we listen and communicate effectively? In this workshop we will approach these issues and work towards finding the fine balance between leading and following; speaking and being silent; going on stage and letting others go; making big and bold choices or just supporting others. On the other hand, what are the best ways to make a large group matter on stage? We will go through some group dynamics, how to develop a group mind and other tools. Also, off stage, how can we maintain and nourish healthy relationships within the group so we are able to improvise in a fun and productive way? How to bond and manage roles within a diverse group? By listening, bonding and supporting each other, the power of many can outdo the strength of a few, and that has always been the core philosophy and motto of our improv group.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    ”How can I do a cartwheel in an improv scene without it looking ridiculous? And how can I improve my physical skills to become more versatile on the stage?” Using the body in the most extreme way can be riskful, but with some simple techniques it can be safe –even in improv! Jacintha Damström will show you different techniques on how to strengthen your body and how to interact with other improvisers in a safe way through the world of acrobatics. We will focus on both solo and group workouts, stretching, and (of course) on some scenes! No acrobatic skills are needed, just an eagerness to challenge your own body is required.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we aim to soften the divide between body and mind to allow for more spontaneous, organic flow between the two. We start with an overview of the anatomical foundations that affect our ability to be free and expressive on stage. Principles drawn from Jean McClelland, Carl Stough Breathing Coordination and the Alexander Technique will inform a collection of physical explorations designed to prime the body to speak up to the mind. We will explore how a more coordinated relationship between the body and imagination can help us self-energize and ride impulse. Also, there will be multiple opportunities to dance to cheesy pop music! Wear comfortable clothing that’s appropriate for getting up, getting down, gesticulating, gyrating and grooving! All levels are welcome!
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    The workshop is focused on analyzing and discovering the elements that make Mexican novels a world reference. We will play with their archetypes, stories, the always present magic realism and the finales that lead the protagonists to navigate with decisions and emotions, often irrational… and more often, super funny. With these learning, we will be able to create and play match and long form scenes, based on the structure of a fun and dramatic, Mexican novel.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • Saturday.

    February 1, 2020

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Why do we improvise? What do we really want to share with the audience? Stories of course... but not just any! Improvisers often tell stories about characters who are not here in a time which is not now... And forget the main point: the most powerful and important story is the one they are currently living on stage, with their partner. Who are they to each other? How deep is their relationship? What are they dreaming of? In this workshop, inspired by Meisner technique, we'll discover all of it with our feelings, our body, and our instincts. Step by step, we'll find what really matters for the characters and why they are playing these scene. To be sincerely improvising here and now, with our partner.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously in the scene, and in longforms our mind can be stressed out about 100 different things that we forget to ENJOY what we are doing. In this workshop, we will focus on being on stage having a good time, finding little games and using clownesque techniques to make fun of ourselves and connecting with our audience.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    morning
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    The beauty of improv and of life lies in the infinite possibilities that envelope us at every moment, and yet all these options can overwhelm us in an improv scene, and leave us in a state of paralysis, stalling the scene unsure of what to do next. When we distil our options down to their simplest form, we discover that within each moment is a binary choice: fight or flee, tell the truth or lie, jump or stay on dry land, yes or no. When we start to make choices with confidence things start to flow and we are rocketed towards the scene’s heart. This workshop focuses on following our body, intuition and emotions and reacting instantaneously and with conviction in these moments of choice. The result is committed, heightened and emotionally driven improv.
    Cost: 80
    workshop
    full day
    beginner (0-2 years)
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Two people step onto a stage with no plan, no script and no clue. There is no way this can work, right? There is no way a show can be created out of nothing? When you begin to improvise, failure is real and ever present, but as you get more experienced, consciously and subconsciously, you find ways to avoid failure. You play safe and although you know that failure is fine in theory, you do what you know will work and after a while everything is all a bit, well, good. And who wants to be good? In this workshop, you will play improv that is impossible to get right, improv that is rigged to definitely and constantly fail. You will fail repeatedly, terrifyingly, terribly and publicly. But you will experience the joy of knowing that when it happens, you can just get up and do it again.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    all (0-8+ years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    In Partner Dance we work with principles from different dance forms, including contact improvisation, social dance and modern dance, to explore ways to connect with other players. Perfect for duos or anyone who wants to expand their ability to connect with a partner, and draw on the body for inspiration. Come dressed and ready to move! The class begins with a warm up and then proceeds through a series of movement exercises designed to help to build a connection between partners and provide physical relationships that support the scene. In addition, we will address compositional elements to help create stage pictures and build relationships through space.
    Cost: 40
    workshop
    afternoon
    all (0-8+ years)

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