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Connection

imprology workshop, London, 2015

It is tempting to form a quick plan before improvising a scene, to avoid looking stupid, which is a reasonable ambition, yet people chasing ideas tend to be poor listeners. The results are variable but repetitive: a lot of nervous energy on display as players throw competing plots at each other or just freeze in the headlights. Focusing on our feelings rather than our thoughts and taking the time to see the world as it is, by contrast, works wonders.

Ideas become rarer, simpler, and more engaging. We realise that expressing genuine thoughts rather than labored ones results in beautiful, inspiring juxtapositions. Our characters are being moved and displaced. Scenes acquire depth and texture.

The door to connection is breath. Breathing relieves tension, increases vitality and allows players to fall out of their head and into their bodies. It is a lot easier to connect with others if we first connect with ourselves. In improvisation, favoring connection over content is a step towards effortless creativity.

imprology course, London, 2016

imprology class, London 2016
imprology class, London 2016
imprology class, London 2016
imprology class, London 2016
imprology class, London 2016



 
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