As improvisers we are putting our focus on storytelling. This Clowning and improvisation Workshop focuses on building all the skills needed alongside the actual storytelling to tell an effective improvised story: connection with the audience, stage presence, complicity, playfulness.
During the workshop we will use physical comedy and clown techniques to stay in contact with the audience, build complicity with our fellow improvisers, have stage presence and find a game in every scene. All these components are not alternatives to creating a story, but they are the base on which we can create it. We will explore how to use breathing and the space to build a solid stage presence, various muscle tensions to create different characters on the spot or different states of the same character. We will see how we can make other improvisers’ life easier by giving them a good impulse with the voice and body.
We will embrace ”the flop”. What is a flop? We are on stage and everything we try is not working. A nightmare, or the best opportunity to create something beautiful with our audience and with the other improvisers that share the stage with us? For the clowns and their audience a flop is the beginning of a journey. Can we use the same philosophy for improvisation?