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  • Saturday

    January 20, 2018

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we would be exploring ways to approach monoscene’s and what skills and stage craft are needed to perform a scene which may last anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes. With the participants, I would be looking to explore the environment as a character and therefore be using basic props/set pieces etc to do so. The workshop would also be focusing on maintaining a character for a selected amount of time; the importance of entries/exits; relating to an environment/space; avoiding ‘offer soup’; gravitas of a scene- why this moment now?; strong choices and bold offers; monoscene’s across time- past, present and future; and wrapping it altogether.
    Cost: € 160,00
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    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    With only two performers, how can you move fluidly from one scene to another, how do you hold more than two characters in one scene, what can you do with object and environment and what is your show's dynamic? Working on techniques for rehearsing and performing two-person improvisation, this workshop builds your trust and skills around that one other person.
    Cost: € 160,00
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    intermediate (1-3 years)
    Where

  • Sunday

    January 21, 2018

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    In this workshop we would be exploring ways to approach monoscene’s and what skills and stage craft are needed to perform a scene which may last anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes. With the participants, I would be looking to explore the environment as a character and therefore be using basic props/set pieces etc to do so. The workshop would also be focusing on maintaining a character for a selected amount of time; the importance of entries/exits; relating to an environment/space; avoiding ‘offer soup’; gravitas of a scene- why this moment now?; strong choices and bold offers; monoscene’s across time- past, present and future; and wrapping it altogether.
    Cost: € 160,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    With only two performers, how can you move fluidly from one scene to another, how do you hold more than two characters in one scene, what can you do with object and environment and what is your show's dynamic? Working on techniques for rehearsing and performing two-person improvisation, this workshop builds your trust and skills around that one other person.
    Cost: € 160,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    Where

  • Monday

    January 22, 2018

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    This workshop is about art of Playback Theatre. Its about making theatre on the spot out of personal stories of people in the audience. It’s about deep listening, making images and to create connection. We start with the basics, the ritual, the forms, and catching the heart of the story. You will get the change to tell your personal story and receive your story back into theatre. As an actor you get the chance to train your deep listening skills and to transform this into improvised theatre. The essence of Playback Theatre is being at service to the teller and to do right to the heart of the story.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Musical singing is so much more than one person shining in the spotlight. This workshop takes a specific look on the way of singing on stage and its different forms. Is it possible to create the songs and style of a real musical out of the blue? Together we will explore techniques of improvising solo-songs, duets and epic theme songs by using our characters and their voices. We will sneak into the diversity of different musical scene settings and character relationships. But most of all: We will have a lot of fun exploring our fully improvised musical ensemble! This workshop is not about musical structure, it is about creating a musical-like feeling by exploring different ways of creating songs – solo, in duets and in songs performed by the whole ensemble. Let’s create our improv musical more like a real one!
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    A lot of improvisors hate that voice in their head judging the scene they’re playing. Once you regard this as valuable playing material, another world opens. We’ll discover how we can become aware of the thoughts in the mind of the player and use it in a constructive way as text/action for the character. The result: sparkling scenes, happier improvisors and more truthful scenework. People who took this workshop last year wrote: "To my surprise, I found that my scenes were getting better and more honest when I embraced and even took inspiration from the voices in my head. I highly recommend this workshop." (Kelly Agathos, Belgium) "This workshop has been one of the most significant workshops I had the pleasure to participate in. It opened my mind to the possibility of improvising freely." (Nir Biran, Israel)
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    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

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    See teasers and more of everything IMPRO Amsterdam 2018 has to offer in one hour.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Project2 (Chris Mead and Katy Schutte) create a science fiction film live on stage. With huge sweeping shots of desolate alien planets, a dystopian future Earth, the world inside the veins of a human body, grotesque abominable creatures and beautiful camera angles. The Improvised Sci Fi Movie is based on audience suggestions, touching on the familiar tropes of every science fiction film we have ever seen. Expect comedy, drama, beauty and human connection.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    We take the audience for a journey back in time, creating transformative encounters. The actors become living statues that eternalize real moments, donated by the audience. We seek simplicity and beauty with the mixture of two theatrical techniques. The Improv; who seeks spontaneity and teaches to live the present. And mime, which enhances the total expression of being in space.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Experience the connecting power of Playback Theatre. The heart of personal stories from the audience is caught through improvisation, the Playback Ritual, and music.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Tuesday

    January 23, 2018

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Our brain is a formiddable machine to create and imagine, but sometimes it's our own trap, our only barrier. This Workshop aims at unplugging our brains, to explore what our bodies have to suggest. We will train not to be heady or too rational, to allow your scenes to be silly, to accept and play the nonsense. Let your bodies surprise yourself and embrace their strong propositions, to just have fun, play free like kids, discover new places, characters and relations, to follow the inspiration and your instinct.
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    This workshop is about feeling. However, it will not be emotional or about navel-gazing: this will just be centered around the sense of touch. We are going to experiment with fun, physical exercises that will help develop your character work. What will happen to your movement if you tape 4 fingers together? And which character is a result from wearing a silky scarf? This workshop is inspired by Somatic Costumes and will give you easy, clear techniques of getting connected to your body and be more present. You will discover what sensing will do with your impro. Expect to do little thinking, lots of moving, listen to music and just leap, discover, feel and walk away with a new array of characters.
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Improvisation through physical theater. Basic mime techniques to strengthen the performance of the improvising actor on the scene.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    A show of multiple love stories: young, old, passionate, bored, budding, recovering, familiar and unusual. Romantic relationships are filled with words and actions - but maybe even more with what is not said, what is not heard, and what is not expressed. Which secrets do we hold from each other? What big emotions are we afraid to show? Where does our mind wander to?
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Just Play is a free-form show, where comedians base their inspirations on objects borrowed from the audience. From there, everything is a pretext to play: music, lights, furniture, and bodies. Just play, like children with infinite imagination. Just Play is the top international show of La Carpe Haute, already played and planned in many theaters around France, Europe and the entire world.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    It's like an improvised audio comic book drawn before your very eyes. The possibilities are very much endless.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Based upon an audience suggestion of a made-up One-Woman Show title and audience member's own personal objects, Las Vegas lounge legend, Trudy Carmichael weaves together an entirely original musically improvised One-Woman Show ON THE SPOT detailing the triumphs and challenges of her sensational, storied past.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Wednesday

    January 24, 2018

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Your body isn't just a vehicle to go from a place to another. Your mind isn't just a control tower, slightly connected to your body by your spine. You are entire, so BE entire. This is a workshop about connecting the mind to the body, to recreate what should never have been separated: you. Using crazy games to create an instinctive reaction right from your body, you will learn to develop your physicality from top to toe, and to be conscious of it. Once you have forgotten your brain, you will use your body to reconnect and control your mind, create realistic reactions and surprise yourself. Accept to loose control, your body knows how you feel!
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    What if your scene work isn’t always focused on getting laughs? Through a series of exercises focused on both personal awareness and teamwork, you’ll receive tools that tap into a style of improv closer to life. And just like life, it can be beautiful, it can be sad, it can be scary, and it can be hilarious.
    Cost: € 80,00
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  • 10:00 - 13:00
    The first half of this workshop concentrates on visualizing your scene and object work, multitasking verbal and physicality in your scene work and creating a simple visual story. It’s all leads up to putting your words and actions into a picture you create. The second half is laser time!!! We will continue to work on simple story telling, creating your own illustrated solo character monologue and two person illustrated character scenes plus a fun surprise exercise at the end. A talent in visual art is not required.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Theatre is all about the relationship between the characters on stage. Still we see very little intimate relationships being played in improv. We rarely even touch each other romantically. Don’t we know how to? Are we scared? Afraid maybe of crossing our scene partner’s boundaries? In this workshop we’ll find out how to play truthful scenes about love, attraction, and relationships. We’ll work on trust and connection. By respecting and trusting each other, you’ll learn how to work with the tension between you and your scene partner, so you can bring the beauty and pain of love come true on stage.
    Cost: € 40,00
    workshop
    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

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Flickr is a show format developed by London-based science fiction improv team Project2. The form is inspired by what we can and and what we shouldn't show onstage. With scenes alternating between light and darkness, we encounter epic radio-plays and intimate moments visually scored by our imaginations and contextualised by scenes in the light. From big to small, we will show you what cannot be shown.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Ever feel like Hollywood movies are formulaic? Well you’re right! And we’ve learned that formula and use it to improvise brand new Hollywood blockbusters for you.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    A space where true stories from the actors’ lives, experiences from the audience, and even the specific elements of the venue inspire stories and scenes filled with czech-style black humor, physical performance and songs that will get stuck in your head.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Thursday

    January 25, 2018

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    Often in an improv scene, we fell suddenly lost. Most of the time it's because we don't know who we are as a character. Every story is about characters. So this workshop is about finding which character you are and after that building a relation all around. We shall work more particularly on the debuts of scenes and this work is based on that of the Lee White. Create a simple but rich character then build a relation with another character and after ca the beginning of a story. Apparently is so simple but in real, we know how it's hard to be and stay simple in improv, right ?
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    As both a puppeteer and a storyteller I am constantly fascinated by the endless possibilities of object manipulation and it’s use within improvisation. I will be guiding participant’s through the basics of puppetry and puppetry performance but in a way that allows creative freedom for all as there will be no pre- fabricated puppets in use-character’s will be made and created in the moment! This workshop should challenge participants to think outside the box of usual stand and deliver story telling. Participant’s will learn basic puppetry skills, object manipulation and ways of weaving this type of work into their scene work. There will be a sense of group creation in some moments and therefore a need to develop and hone skills in whole body listening. Participants will be able to create characters, environments and worlds to enable their stories and scenes to come alive in a way we don’t often see in ‘regular’ improvisation. This type of work will help participants to listen with all their senses. Plus it’s lots of fun to play with ‘stuff’ and push the limits of imagination, assumption and pre conceived ideas of objects by transforming, manipulating and playing with everyday objects, junk and bits and bobs to create unique stories, characters, worlds and moments of wonder.
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    We will be looking at how to pick up on subtle cues from your co-performer, from their physicality, their tone and chosen words to find and play with subtext. We'll use improvised scene work, games and Chicago-style 'slow comedy' using more than one layer of understanding to create realistic and truthful moments with depth and subtlety.
    Cost: € 80,00
    workshop
    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Most of the time that there’s more than 3 players on stage, it looks like a bunch solo players who wanted to show themselves. With this workshop, we will find how to create scenes with at least 6 players or more, to ensure that everyone finds a place, and a meaning to the scene. Without fighting. Yes, that is possible.
    Cost: € 40,00
    workshop
    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

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast’s explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer, Ethan “Exacto” Scott. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    You are invited to a séance featuring a Fortune Teller. One lucky audience member will see their future acted out on stage. The predictions go from the whacky to the oddly prescient! Will you get your heart’s desire? Only the crystal ball will tell!
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Men who dare to give themselves, to show their vulnarability but also their testosterone. Catching characters, surpising scenes and unexpected plot changes.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Friday

    January 26, 2018

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    Playback Theatre is about deep listening and serving the teller and the heart of the story. In order to do that, you need to tune your own instrument in a subtle way. How are you in contact with your own voice, are you able to sing your inner story, are you able to share your vulnerability. How grounded are you as an improv player. For good improv you need to be grounded in yourself. This workshop is about exploring your inner sounds in order to express the innersounds of the teller’s story. In the first half of this workshop we will explore how to give voice-expression to our personal inner state, our feelings, our struggles maybe. We also offer eachother our ears and hearts as deep listeners. The second half of this workshop we will apply this form of free singing (without words!) to the ritual of Playback Theatre. We will share our personal stories and we will sing them back.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 10:00 - 17:00
    To improvise, you need to be two persons at the same time. You, the actor, and you, the character. In improvisation, we mostly see that the actor is working the hardest of the two. The actor builds the story and also 'plays the character'. But what if we could turn this around? What if we send the actor away, and let the character do all the hard work? If we focus on the character, and take the character very seriously, it turns out that improv becomes a lot easier, more touching, funnier, more truthful and more varied at the same time! In this workshop we will see how acting can help the improviser. Through intensive side coaching you will learn to be true to your characters, so that the story will come to you, instead of you having to make it up. We will see how stories benefit from true reactions from "you, the character". But "you, the actor", won’t be forgotten. He/she will get the important role of the trouble maker. The character, like any person, wants to stay out of trouble. The actor is watching the scene in the background, waiting for good moments to get the character into trouble. Doing nothing until the time is there to strike! We will work on the following techniques: Thinking and feeling like the character Being true to the character and the story (no faking) Recognizing the "beats" in a story (beats in a story are like the stairs in a staircase, they make you go up one step at a time) How to force a beat if needed General acting and improv techniques Working hard is good fun!
    Cost: € 80,00
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    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 10:00 - 17:00
    This workshop will help you find your way in solo-land. Soloplay is daring, scary, liberating and great fun! Everything is possible: From a delicate story, to an epic spacebattle, you can do it on your own! This workshop is a rollercoaster of skills, techniques and styles. To experiment and inspire. You will practice alone and in couples. We will perform some solo's in front of the group. You will discover what your strengths are and use those to the fullest. And find your solostyle! Maybe these are the first steps towards your own solo format. But even if this isn't your goal, solo exercises will make you a better improviser anyway! You have to inspire yourself, trust your skill and make every idea count. You are open to experiment, and are able to reflect on your own and others. I will be well prepared with a toolbox of knowledge and chocolates.
    Cost: € 80,00
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    advanced (3-8 years)
    (semi)professional (8+ years)

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    The stories, the emotions, the relations can be created by words. They can also be created without them. But between speaking and keeping the scene silent, isn't there a world? This is a workshop about supporting your acting using sounds. Realistic sounds, crazy sounds, annoying sounds, but the most important: your own sounds! Through different technics and exercises, we will work on layering the imaginary world around you with soundeffects to make it deeper.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 14:00 - 17:00
    This musical improv workshop will get even the most beginner performers comfortable and confident with freestyle rapping and will teach you how to really drill into the deal of your scene and its’ characters. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses in and out of your improv scene-work.
    Cost: € 40,00
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    intermediate (1-3 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    ”How would it look like if somebody out of the blue would start to stand on his head, while the other people on the scene would keep on drinking their coffee?” In this workshop we will work on combining casual scenes with abstractness. You will find characters that you have never seen before, and you will find the love of throwing yourself into the unknown. Group work and interaction will be the keywords for our three hours, while we at the same time will explore our physicality.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 18:45 - 19:30
    Work your own improv magic with cast members! No ticket needed, just hop in
    Cost: Free entry

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    Amy & Anna are best mates. They perform together, travel together and even once lived together. Now living in different cities, Amy & Anna can’t help but get into character every time they catch up. Friend Friend Amsterdam reunites these cheeky, charming women and the friends they play- with a surprise in the middle. Because what’s a reunion without a surprise guest?
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    One Improvisor trapped on stage for an entire show trying to survive as the rest of the cast puts them through their paces. A whirlwind of characters, genres and situations. It’s the ultimate test of improv endurance
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    An emotional show somewhere between concert and theatre. This one last time, they'll give it their all. As if they were only beginning. Their first concert lit the touchpaper for an unparalleled career. They enjoy a legendary status thanks to Platinum albums and countless tours in Germany. But flying high was not without its problems. They belong to the most important bands in all of Germany, and truly made history; but tonight the sun sets on their musical career together in Amsterdam. In this show, improvisers Nele Kießling (Hannover) and Jannis Kaffka (Hamburg) will attempt an experiment. Combining the energy of a music concert with the meaning of theatre, they will improvise the final gig of a burnt-out and exhausted band that never has and never will exist. The audience decides on live-sets and the emotions between the lines. Kießling & Kaffka sing, look back, let things escalate – and they'll throw their hearts on stage.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 22:45 - 23:30
    Decibel is a speechless and musical improv show, with only the body’s universality. In everyday life, how do we do when we want to express ourselves and Is impossible to speak? This show, using the art of mime and bodily fluency, offers spectators the opportunity to immerse themselves in situations, real ones or not, where language is not possible. The comedians, after recovered from the public ideas of silent or extremely noisy places, imagine and play stories in these places which are all as hectic as the others. Accompanied by a musician-percussionist who participates interactively in the creation of the stories, they will bring you to realistic and surprising universes.
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • Saturday.

    January 27, 2018

  • 10:00 - 13:00
    In this workshop on the main stage of the Compagnietheater, we will work with a large group of 30-40 improvisers and see what happens if we create a (non-speaking) world behind a story played out downstage. Workshop topics include Focus, Follow the follower, Presence and Making clear choices. We will also use a concept of Randy Dixon and the Orcas Island Project, called “Ass Angels”. These figures are commenting on the scenes in an abstract way using movement and positioning (no dancing). This workshop is part of a research project about working with many extras in an impro show.
    Cost: € 17,50
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    advanced (3-8 years)

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    All you need on a stage to create magic is your body and the space. They are your best friends and they can be anything. In this workshops we will use the basic principles of dance, viewpoints and physical theatre to improve your improv skills. The workshop goes more in-depth on physical theatre: moving, trusting your body, ensemble work and building the environment. A wonderful way to get out of your head, into your body and connected with your fellow improvisers. But most importantly: play great scenes.
    Cost: € 40,00
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    intermediate (1-3 years)
    advanced (3-8 years)
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  • 14:00 - 17:00
    This speechless and musical workshop explores the power and the beauty of group effects and collective images. We will focus on Esthetic in scenes, and how music and collective intelligence improve emotions and messages.
    Cost: € 40,00
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  • 14:00 - 17:00
    Do you want to know how improvisation really works? The Improv-circle is the answer to that. It is a model which makes perfectly clear how the proces of improvisation works. All players work with accepting, YES AND, etc. The Improv-circle goes further and brings it together. It creates awareness where a scene goes off track and what is more important: where can you intervene and what are the skills you need to get back into the flow again. As a missing link for improvisors, the Improv-circle is a very practical and clear model. Nice to have in your toolbox!
    Cost: € 40,00
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    intermediate (1-3 years)
    Where

  • 14:00 - 17:00
    From the beginning we’re trained to fail happily, be generous and start positive. As we progress we can forget those lessons should apply offstage as well! This non-improv workshop is for those improvisers who need to block their harsh inner critic! Participants can expect to come away with some fun yet practical tools to use to become more resilient offstage, gain some valuable perspective and learn how to balance their feedback.
    Cost: € 40,00
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    advanced (3-8 years)
    Where

  • 20:00 - 21:00
    A murder mystery where a detective will solve the mystery by the end of the show. We hope..........
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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  • 21:20 - 22:20
    Cost: € 19,50 (all shows this evening included)
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