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Robert A. Steen Community Centre
980 Palmerston Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 1J9
When: Every Tuesday starting from January 8th, 2019 until February 26th (8 classes in total).
Where: 980 Palmerston (Robert A. Steen Community Centre in Wolseley).
How much: $100 for all 8 classes.
Sign up in person at the community centre in advance or on the first day of the workshop.
Hurry up! Space is limited!
This course is meant to teach you the basic tools to allow you to successfully improvise scenes and full stories in a super chill and fun group setting. The course starts with short impro games and evolves into longer and more involved exercises. Learn to tame uncertainty and turn it into something that looks like you planned it all along. We will go through classic impro and theater games, as well as shortly dip into other areas like orchestra conducting. That’s right, you will hold a baton and will actually have to conduct your classmates to a “score” they will make up on the spot!
• Spontaneously create interesting scenes and stories.
• Learn to work as a team where every improviser is an actor, director, and editor at the same time.
• Lose the fear of making mistakes.
As an actor, Julian Vidal played in a host of classic theatre productions by The Suburban Players (Argentina). His involvement with improvised theater started in 2003 and since then he has participated as an improviser (acting and playing the keyboard) in hundreds of shows and impro festivals in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Colombia. As an improvising musician he has played for shows including those produced by Liga Profesional de Improvisación, Proyecto Impro, Kawabbonga, Impro Sports, Colectivo Teatral Mamut (Chile), Acción Impro (Colombia), and others. He was lucky to have been able to study impro with Keith Johnstone; one of the fathers of impro as we know it today. He has taught impro at Liga Profesional de Improvisación (in Argentina) as well as coached privately impro troupes like Proyecto impro.
Julian is a graduate from Berklee College of Music. He dual majored in Film Scoring, and Music Production & Sound Engineering. He also studied music briefly at Instituto Tecnológico de Música Contemporánea, Conservatorio Nacional Manuel de Falla, and Universidad Católica Argentina.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I’ve never studied theatre. I’m a complete newbie. Can I take this workshop?
Yes! We’ve got you covered. The only thing you need is to have your head firmly attached to your body. Well, if it wiggles a bit, that’s ok too.
Is impro the same as stand-up comedy?
Not at all! Impro and standup are completely different. A stand-up comedian may benefit from impro but the opposite does not apply.
Is impro the same as mime, or clown?
No, though they have some things in common. Mimes do improvise but their main goal is to suggest actions and emotions without the use of words, relying almost exclusively on gestures and movements. Clowns have no rules but one: make you laugh no matter what. Clowns need no stories, props, or settings (even though they may use them too). Improvisers are story tellers; they are playwrights, actors, directors, editors, and sometimes they become the scenery and even props themselves.
I don’t think I’m funny or creative enough. Is this for me?
Impro has absolutely nothing to do with mental speed, wit, or innate creativity. Impro is not about being original, funny, or creative. Impro is about team work, freedom, letting go, accepting, trusting, playing, being in the moment, connecting to others, and welcoming mistakes. Once these things come together comedy inevitably happens. I’ve seen this over and over with my students. People think that they are not funny enough and that they would never be able to improvise because they’ve seen impro shows on TV like Whose Line Is It Anyways where they play theatre games and they call them impro. These games do indeed need quick wits and the cast members are incredibly creative, but the reality is that those games represent a very poor and incomplete vision of what impro really is.
I’m too shy. I’m too introverted.
That’s ok! This workshop is introvert-friendly. You don’t have to participate in any exercises that you don’t want to! Forcing people to participate does not make for a safe and trusting environment, and as you will learn, impro is all about trust! The reality is that the self-proclaimed introverts end up having so much fun that they forget they are supposed to be shy.
Improv or impro?
“Improv” is usually the common shorthand for improvisation. “Impro”, while still retaining the same meaning, is a nod to Keith Johnstone (UK) who uses this spelling to refer to his own school of thought and differentiate it from his American counterparts’.