Many improvisers tend to rely on their wits and words, but forget the wealth of information they could provide by using their body. This is an almost silent workshop during which we learn to rely on our body movements and facial expressions when on stage, rather than talking our way through the scene. We will explore the possibilities of truly feeling our emotions and expressing them through anything but words.
A funny show is entertaining. Αn emotionally charged show can be entertaining *and* meaningful at the same time. Give your improv the opportunity to go deeper, to move your audience, your scene partner and yourself. Don’t put a limit on the capabilities of your shows. Go beyond the shallow scenes that get a laugh and produce a play that will change you forever. Improv Theater is very powerful. Unleash that force.
The work in this workshop is based on the duo format “The Bench” created by Menelaos Prokos and Billy Kissa (There are various different formats with the same name. You may have seen it, or may have not). It is a format based on strong relationships, slow progression, and the history written between two people sitting on a bench.
During the workshop we will work on slow, emotional improv, where we pay attention to every single detail happening around and between us. Do not expect much scenework, if any at all. Expect embodying the feeling of taking things slower than slow. We will see what it’s like to observe the tiny little details that usually go by unnoticed, but if we give them the attention they deserve they will make our senses tingle, and therefore, give an intense sense of realism both for the actors and the audience.