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Monday Impro Beginners Evening Course - 7th Jan to 11th Feb, 6 to 8pm
From The Fear Of Failing To The Pleasure Of Playing. Whom: This course is for people with no experience of improvisation or keen to try a different approach in a safe and friendly space. When: Every Monday from 7th January to 11th February, 6-8pm How Much: Fee for 6 sessions: £148 (deposit £74). Concessions £136 (deposit £68). Online booking essential (with a 50% deposit) click here to book: http://www.imprology.com/G201087b6l/c5.shtml Full refund guarantee if you didn't like it.Just get in touch within 24 hours of your first class and ask for a refund. Limited to 14 participants. Scoop: Relaxation, sensory awareness, cooperation and flow. You will learn to relate to your partners and express yourself while listening to others. You will achieve this by playing games, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. You will bring this experience into scene work to improvise short stories collaboratively. Structure: Each class usually consists of three periods. First, we breathe and relax with the entire group. Then we practice games, in pairs or groups, with everyone taking part at the same time. In the end, we practice scenes, with performers playing in front of the other participants on a voluntary basis. A beginners class will concentrate on the two first periods, while an advanced class will make more space for scene work and story-telling. Method: Our classes are highly interactive and conditioned by the level of pleasure and energy in the room. We take the time to unwind and warm-up properly, and put our attention on space and movements as much as dialogues. Our guiding principles are complicity, pleasure and forgiveness. Pace: The speed at which students acquire the necessary skills depends on each individual. The confidence to speak with ease in front of an audience manifests sooner or later, through voice and body training, as well as repeated exposure. The capacity to listen and adjust in real time to any given situation is harder to master. Participants will need to give themselves the freedom to experiment and the permission to fail. Learning: Some of the learning takes place in stages and each session is dedicated to a particular aspect of improvisation. Other times learning happens in a breakthrough. As you play or watch other people play you suddenly realise something about yourself or the way you do things. A moment of clarity that has to be experienced and cannot be imparted. Receiving feedback will help you make sense of it all. Your Teacher: Remy Bertrand started teaching improvisation in the 90s and went full time in 2006. He is currently teaching at imprology, Drama Studio London and other institutions. He is the artistic director of Zootrophic, a performing improvisation ensemble, and hosts Love Explosion, a monthly open stage improvised feast open to all. As well as Keith Johnstone, Viola Spolin and Del Close, his teaching is informed by Viewpoints, Playback Theatre, Action Theatre, mask-making and cognitive sciences, but in the end, he has learned most of what he knows from his students. Remy teaches improvisation as a transformational process focusing on pleasure, curiosity and courage. Testimonials 'I laughed loads. I began to think about not just the way I communicate with people in my life, not just what I expect of them, but what I expect of myself.'Keely Stucke, Film Maker 'It's pure. It's electric. It's jumping with no safety net. And when you fly - there's nothing like it!' Daniel Trouille, Actor 'Social anxiety was my main concern. Your course helped me much beyond my expectations.' Xavier P, Risk Management 'I had a great deal of fun and felt I learnt a lot in such a short time. I felt challenged and nourished.' Hannah Nicholas, Actor 'I found out more about myself in one day than I did with one term of my interpersonal communications course.' Rachel Melinek, Student 'The facilitator strikes a perfect balance between pushing his students out of their comforts and making sure everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves. The results are transformative.' Valerie Peake, Life Coach/Musician 'Learning about improvisation was like 'taking the handbrake off my life.' Simon Bell, Training Consultant 'Encouraged you to step out of your comfort zone in a way which was stretching but not scary.' Sarah Woodthorpe, Accountant 'The facilitator was clearly very experienced and truly excellent.' Ruth Whaling, Psychologist 'Brilliantly delivered, suitable for all levels, built in many layers of impro and skills, and was huge fun!' Emma Smallman, Groupworker 'Highly recommended.' Jonathan Chappell, GP 'I'm a full time stand up comedian these days and your course helped me massively.' Jonny Awsum, Comedian 'Great facilitation, great atmosphere, you'll learn a great deal about yourself, and have a laugh a minute.' Jemma Gray, Executive Assistant 'I had a great time laughing with a fantastic bunch of fun creative people every week.' Frankie Hardy, Nurse 'The Quality of teaching is extraordinary!' Benni Lehne, PhD student 'I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt skills which have greatly impacted upon my life.' Eve Macdonald, Youth Development 'Thanks again for such a fabulous weekend.' Deborah Rothenberg, Drama & Movement Therapist 'You were a joy to learn with.' Ola Aralepo, Comedian 'Magnificent course, I'm so glad I took it.' Jenny Glanville, Hypnotherapist 'Many classes I come in after work feeling a little drained and every night I leave feeling excited and refreshed.' Andrew Dowe, Consultant 'It really gives you a confidence boost and it is great fun!' Andlib Mohsin, Criminal Lawyer 'The knowledge and flexibility gained have proven especially useful to me in auditioning.' Liis Mikk, Actor

Diorama Arts Studios,

201 Drummond Street London, NW1, London · London

What we're about

Meet like minded people to practice improvisation in acting, music, dance and life.

This is for people interested in all forms of improvisation and performing arts. We're a nice mix of experienced people, butterflies and total beginners. Improvisation is inclusive. We don't bite and everyone is welcome to join: floor cleaners, actors, postmen, dancers, bank robbers, government advisors, musician, geography teachers and their sisters, passers-by, square people, round people, even the odd triangle people.

We organise outings, workshops evening courses and shows. Here is a clip from Remy Bertrand, the meetup organiser, explaining the philosophy beyond his teaching at imprology (http://www.imprology.com/).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49R_H2Iy3gs

We sometime list impro shows where you just have to sit and watch. Here are some clips from rehearsal with ensemble improvisation company Zootrophic (https://www.facebook.com/zootrophic/)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXZy-C4ySmU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5633oK65J0

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