If you are doing musical improv, how do you know or decide when to sing? In this article I discuss a couple of options. Organically Sometimes songs just happen organically. The Musical Director (MD) provides underscore to a scene and a player just feels she has to burst out in song. Magic! In my experience … Continue reading Time to Sing?
Introduction I am a big fan of monologues, mainly for initiation of scenes (and by extension, stories). But I don't see enough of them, which is a pity, because monologues can be quite powerful. Let's see why I like monologues so much. Disclaimer: Armando’s and “Monologic” formats When I talk about use of monologues in … Continue reading The Power of Monologues
Introduction “Exposition” in improv theatre is nothing more than the establishment of the Who, Where and - depending on who does the definition - the What. I had kind of an aha-erlebnis last week: most of the general improv articles here on this site focuses on exposition. In this post I will try and elaborate. … Continue reading Exposition
Introduction I have argued before that I am not a big fan of rules when it comes to improv. That said, in this post I would like to discuss a “rule” that is preached by some: “Steer Away from Instant Trouble”. The same rule is sometimes referred to as "Steer away from negativity in initiations". … Continue reading Instant Trouble vs Instant Tension
Introduction Two weeks ago I was in Edinburgh for a weekend of workshopping and a show with the wonderful Men with Coconuts. For the show I was accompanied by one of our RIOT players, Sarah Manhaeve. The Coconuts like to perform musical long form - and so do we @ RIOT - so when … Continue reading Long Form Improv Format: a Musical Riot
Introduction In this post I present an idea for a long form format. It’s an idea which I developed in 2011, but I never had an opportunity to actually perform or produce it. Just like my format Cloud Atlas, it is based upon a book, or rather a play called “God”, by Woody Allen, published … Continue reading Deus Ex Machina – a Long Form Improv Format