Introduction Here’s another technique that I would not mind seeing more often on stage: “Endowment”. The Oxford Dictionary definition of endowment is: "to provide with a quality, ability, or asset". As far as I know Keith Johnstone introduced the term into Improv vocabulary in his book "Impro for storytellers" (more on that later). Improv Encyclopedia defines … Continue reading Endowment & Pimping
Introduction In this post I’d like to talk about a term I often use when I teach workshops: “sandpaper”. It’s a metaphor, and it refers to the following: if you rub sandpaper over your skin, you’ll get a painful, burning sensation. It is impossible not to feel the ache of a sandpaper burn. I would … Continue reading Improv Sandpaper
Introduction At a recent international festival I happened to stumble into several discussions, with different groups of people, about taboos in improv, on whether e.g. minorities should (or should not) be portrayed on stage, and if so, how, or whether & how touchy or dark subjects should be addressed in improv. It so happens … Continue reading The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?
Introduction In a previous post ( Protagonists & Antagonists - Part I ) I outlined the use in impro of storytelling concepts like protagonists, antagonist and sidekicks, from a theoretical point of view. In this post I explain how I use these in an improv workshop setting. In workshopping I tend to let the players discover … Continue reading Protagonists & Antagonists – Part II
Introduction A couple of times every year I get asked to work with musicians who want to do Musical Direction (MD) for improv, or I get asked to run MD workshops at festivals. Which I happily do, but it often surprises me how unrealistic the participants’ expectations are. I think the reason for this is … Continue reading 13 Essential Musical Skills for Improv Musical Directors
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