WHY DO IMPROVISATION THEATRE?
- DOING IMPROVISATION THEATRE CAN HAVE EFFECTS ON YOUR DAILY LIFE -
It requires courage to confront yourself with the unknown. If you dare to, you can discover new aspects and abilities in yourself, that have always been there but you didn’t know. Your personality broadens and grows. Speaking to groups and speaking up for yourself becomes more natural for you.
On the stage, you have to be aware of yourself, of the stage, and of the other actors around you. Where are they, what are they doing? You must perceive the whole situation, also what is going in behind you (often without looking), so that you can interact. The ability to perceive the world around you becomes more finetuned, including all senses – eyes, ears, body perception.
The audience and other actors give you direct feedback on your expression through their reactions. So you can see how others perceive you. You can ask yourself: “Do they understand what I mean to express? Do I like the way I express, or do I want to change? How would it feel to be somebody else?” Improvisation theatre is not for some special kind of people who are creative or artistic. The stage is the perfect place to try out different ways for expressing yourself!
- IMPROVISATION THEATRE IS FOR EVERYONE! -
..develop the art of failing.
It is allowed to make mistakes, they are the best way to learn. You can learn to fail and not be bothered by it. Stand up again and go on! Next scene, next chance! There is no strive for perfection from outside. Instead, we open up the space for authentic expression from inside. After, you have the chance to reflect on your actions, with the help of others. You can learn a lot about yourself!
Good improvisation is only possible when the actors attune to one another. Any unspoken conflicts within the group will become visible on the stage – and may be solved there or after. The ability to cooperate with others means, among other things, to accept proposals and to build on them. This can be practised in improvisation theatre, where results are immediately visible.
…build trust and improve relationships.
The theatre process strengthens the group and there are even special exercises for building up trust. Mutual trust is necessary for all interactions. For managing a show together, everybody needs to be able to rely on everybody. Acting together, and also preparing a show together, brings a group together. Observing others and experiencing yourself in interaction you can learn a lot about relationship, and enrich your ways of relating to others.
PRACTISED WITH FULL DEDICATION IN A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, IMPROVISATION THEATRE WILL...
Creativity means to open up yourself for new ideas and find new ways of acting and new solutions to problems. The only thing you have to do is to break down your own mental limitations. On the improvisation stage, anything can happen. It is a place between reality and dream and there is nobody writing a theatre play for you. It’s up to you to make things happen!
…bring you into the moment .
A good improviser does not plan the future or think about the past. He is in the moment, never knowing what will happen next. Spontaneous actions and reactions can bring out scenes that nobody has ever thought about! Training the ability of being-in-the-moment is also the aim of meditation, yoga and other spiritual practises. Practised with this awareness, improvisation theatre is a western style of meditation.
…bring awareness about emotions.
By playing with emotions, for example becoming angry, sad or happy at will, you can get to know different emotional states better – what position does your body take, how does your breath change, how does your heart beat change, how does it feel from inside? Furthermore, you can learn to step out of an unpleasant emotional state and transform it into a different one. You stop being victim of your own emotions. This ability can be very useful in daily life. It is also trained in Buddhist practise.
…connect cultures and languages
The language of emotions and non-verbal communication is universal and can take place across cultures. Even a mix of languages on the stage is possible. It will be understood if the expression is clear. It’s mainly a matter of energy. Furthermore you practise to talk fluently in English with fun and without pressure. Interactions involve not only words, but also dance, acrobatics, and pantomime.
- THE CONNECTEDNESS OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL BECOMES EVIDENT. -
s/u Sukhdev Mistry
Village – Pachhatti
District – Gaya
Phone: +91 9708473418