IMPRO' WORKSHOPS - The Courtyard Playhouse The Courtyard Playhouse

IMPRO’ WORKSHOPS

MASK INTENSIVE WITH ALEX FRADERA

30 Sep – 17 Oct 2017

Saturdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Three 3 hour sessions + Showcase)

1000AED 

DON'T PANIC - AN INTRO TO IMPRO'

Dip your toes into the fun, interesting and exciting waters of improvisation.  Meet others who want to try something new.  DON’T PANIC is the introduction Improvisation course that will calm your fears, make you laugh and show you that there’s more to improvisation than what you might expect. (it’s easier than you might expect and less pressure than you imagine).  This introduction course is great for people who are interested in an introduction to impro, or are looking at ways to develop any variety of human skills, or for business people learning to feel comfortable with public speaking, or anyone who wants to be more spontaneous, creative, playful, open and aware. Follow up this section with the PLATFORM & SPIRIT  section.

PLATFORM AND SPIRIT

Are you developing a growing appetite for improvisation? The PLATFORM AND SPIRIT is a course of impro training that you will keep coming back to.  Always something new, the SPIRIT will push your skills and help you develop beyond the level you are currently exploring.  There will be balanced components of games, narrative, character,  theory, practice, play and personal development aiming you towards stage performance. This section of impro training will adapt to the needs of the class and is geared to those who have explored the introduction course, “DON’T PANIC!”

MASK INTENSIVE WITH ALEX FRADERA

This class will introduce the two major styles of improvised maskwork, half mask and full mask. Wearing a trance mask (and allowing yourself to “become” the creature you see in the mirror) is a powerful way to unlock creativity and be expressive without any effort, letting go of the pressure to “create” as we let the mask lead us.

Meanwhile, performing with a full face mask might seem to limit what you can do onstage, with no speaking or expressing using the face, but it actually frees you to focus on what really matters. Between the masks we will work with our bodies, faces and voices to prepare ourselves and also discover tricks to bring some of that mask feeling into our normal improv.

STORYTELLING AND NARRATIVE

This workshop will concentrate on the important element of Story.  The Story is everything.  As with the PLATFORM AND SPIRIT section of the Playhouse Impro classes, there will still be games and character but the focus will always direct the attention to engaging the audience into the meat of the improvisation – story.  We will explore various techniques and formats that bring the audience to the edge of their seats in laughter, fear, expectation and anticipation.

This section of impro can be explored after the course, “PLATFORM & SPIRIT”.