Thur 30 Aug to Sun 2 Sep, 11 am to 6 pm with a public presentation on Sat 1 September, at Deli Studios, 2 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PA (map) . 12 participants max.
Fee for 4 days: £260 (deposit £130). Concession: £220 (deposit £110).
Book now with a 50% deposit and pay the rest on your first day. We can garantee you a space on this Summer School if you book online. Terms and Conditions apply.
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If you don't enjoy your first class with us, contact us within 24 hours to get a full and unconditional refund. We also offer a partial refund if you book a cycle of classes, enjoy the first one but feel it's not for you. In which case, contact us within 24 hours, and we will only charge you for a taster, refunding the rest of your booking fee.
Please give us notice at least 30 days before the start of your course, by email, stating your name, contact details and your course's reference. We will refund cancellations in full to the account initially charged, or transfer the booking onto another course of your choosing, at no extra cost. If you give us notice between 30 and 15 days before the start of your course, we will apply a £15 cancellations or rescheduling fee. No refund or rescheduling will be considered after this time limit or if you don't show up.
Should any unforeseeable event force us to cancel a class or a series of classes, you will be offered the choice between an alternative class or a full refund. No refund or alternative will be available if a course is disrupted by an Act Of God.
Send a cheque payable to "imprology, 87 Cavendish Road, London N4 1RR, UK" along with the name, telephone and email contact of the workshop's participant(s). Make sure that your cheque reaches us before the start of the class you want to book. The booking fee is indicated on the booking page of each course. We will confirm your booking upon receipt by email.
Concession for equity members, full-time students, the unwaged, and anyone who took a class with imprology (excluding taster) in the past two months. Bring proof.
The booking fee is not refundable if you cancel less than 30 days in advance or if you don't show up. Full refund if you cancel more than 30 days in advance. Full refund if you don't enjoy your first class. See Terms and Conditions for details.
Whom: This course is for facilitators, team leaders, directors, performers, teachers, artists and learners from all walks of life with a previous experience of improvisation - be it with words, music, movement, plastic art or any other means - keen to practice intensively in a safe and friendly space.
Benefits: Encourages interaction; Increases self-awareness; Facilitates fluent behaviours; Improves resilience; Demystifies creativity; Fosters cooperation; Strengthens problem-solving skills; Promotes authenticity; Rewards curiosity.
Scoop: During the four days, we will explore individual and ensemble creation using various improvisational techniques including:
- Relaxation, ease of breath and movement;
- Games and drills for pleasure, spontaneity and mutual support;
- Stream-of-consciousness, images and memories to create stories;
- Viewpoints (Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, Story);
- Monologue, duologue, trialogue and ensemble scene;
- Spontaneous dramatic structures.
Day 1 Morning - Shared attention
Lightness, Awareness, Play
Day 1 Afternoon - Shared Illusion
Suggestibility, Commitment, Wonder
Day 2 Morning - Provocation
Boundaries, Trespass and Transformation
Day 2 Afternoon - Endowment
Characters, Context, and Relationships
Day 3 Morning - Problem-solving
Causality, Structure and Congruence
Day 3 Afternoon - Rudder
Rythm, Clarity, and Purpose
Day 4 All day - Revisiting the work done in the past three days - Scenes and stories
Structure: Each class usually consists of three periods. First, we breathe and relax with the entire group. Then we practice games, in pairs or groups, with everyone taking part at the same time. In the end, we practice scenes, with performers playing in front of the other participants on a voluntary basis. A beginners class will concentrate on the two first periods, while an advanced class will make more space for scene work and story-telling.
Method: Our classes are highly interactive and conditioned by the level of pleasure and energy in the room. We take the time to unwind and warm-up properly, and put our attention on space and movements as much as dialogues. Our guiding principles are complicity, pleasure and forgiveness.
Pace: The speed at which students acquire the necessary skills depends on each individual. The confidence to speak with ease in front of an audience manifests sooner or later, through voice and body training, as well as repeated exposure. The capacity to listen and adjust in real time to any given situation is harder to master. Participants will need to give themselves the freedom to experiment and the permission to fail.
Learning: Some of the learning takes place in stages and each session is dedicated to a particular aspect of improvisation. Other times learning happens in a breakthrough. As you play or watch other people play you suddenly realise something about yourself or the way you do things. A moment of clarity that has to be experienced and cannot be imparted. Receiving feedback will help you make sense of it all.
Remy Bertrand started teaching improvisation in the 90s and went full time in 2006. He is currently teaching at imprology, Drama Studio London and other institutions. He is the artistic director of Zootrophic, a performing improvisation ensemble, and hosts Love Explosion, a monthly open stage improvised feast open to all.
As well as Keith Johnstone, Viola Spolin and Del Close, his teaching is informed by Viewpoints, Playback Theatre, Action Theatre, mask-making and cognitive sciences, but in the end, he has learned most of what he knows from his students. Remy teaches improvisation as a transformational process focusing on pleasure, curiosity and courage.
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