Improv theatre is not only a wonderful way of great entertainment. It is a great and safe way to learn about life. Improv is perfectly suited to promote personality development, to foster creativity, acceptance and improve resilience in a playful and surprisingly sustainable way.
Language-free improvisation games are particularly suitable for intercultural communication. Structured improvisation exercises are helpful in learning foreign languages since the process turns from a merely intellectual effort to a truly holistic experience.
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„Oh Yeeees !“ – Radical Acceptance
The idea of a radically positive acceptance of a given situation is the basis of all improvisational art. The mindset of an improv player is a constant „Oh Yeeaaaaah!”, never a „Naaaaay“.
Suggestions of the colleagues are taken on with enthusiasm and are futher developed into exciting stories.
This basic principle of radical acceptance does not only provide for facsinating scnes on stage.
It contains some wonderful, life-affirming and sometimes therapeutical and cathartical approaches. Therefor improv, with its many language-free communication games, is also wonderfully suited to facilitating intercultural encounters, reducing tensions and releasing creativity in individuals, team and larger organizations on many levels.
Improvisation on stage
Improv theatre is always unique. Because it’s not about reeling off what we’ve learned, but about developing new ideas and material. The most entertaining exchange happens in „theatre sports“ when performers will enact and develop the ideas of their audience live on stage.
The basics here are all the methods described in the wonderful books of to the Canadian director Keith Johnstone, the “high priest of improv “.
Contact improv & free dance
Dance is also perfectly suited for improvisation. „Free dance“ offers amazing new approaches to “coordinated movement” encompassing traditional dance styles of all ages and developing them further.
With the help of a few basic rules and techniques and a constant respect for the physicality of your partners you can move on to contact improv. Letting yourself go, trusting in yourpartners and experiencing true moments of zero gravity are mind-blowing experiences.
Life to the power of two – intense and exhilarating.
(Sex must be reaaaally good to compete with contact improv 😉
Book your improv class
As a passionate improv-player and improv-coach , TeeKay has been offering improv classes for beginners and advanced players since 2010.
(A list can be found at the bottom of this page).
Any acting training can be described as the planned and consistent exploration of the self. In a traditional acting class this happens with healthy persons, in therapy with people who, for whatever reason, need help.
The therapeutically usable parts are also confirmed by the work of the American pedagogue Viola Spolin with her basic acceptance model.
Seminars and Workshops
Here is a small selection of intensive seminars lasting several days.
For schools and impro beginners, shorter taster workshops are of course also quite possible at any time 🙂 .
|Hanns Seidel Foundation||Improv for teeangers and adults at Klostern||Easter 2016|
|American International School Chennai||Improv and role study for||November 2016|
|Spanish Ministry of Education Navarra||Losing Inhibitions (teacher training)||March 2015|
|Cerebellum Impro Dresden||Advanced class- focus on tragedy||April 2014|
|Marmaladn Amala||Bayreuth Impro Intensive for Experts||June 2011|
|MHN, Mensa University Network||Improv for Advanced||July 2010|
|MinD Academy Cologne||Improv for Beginners||October 2010|
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