Friends of the Festival,
in our normal impro performances ( insomuch as you can call impro normal as it is almost always a bit of a festival) we have great respect for the suggestions that you, our generous audience, provide us with every show. If we ask for a tool, then chances are you call out hammer. If we request a profession, butcher is a front runner with barber and baker not far behind, and if we ask for an author, Shakespeare is always on the tip of your tongue.
And that’s good, as a certain Klaus Wowereit would say, because we love to improvise in the style of the most popular and well known playwrights. However, this being the 10th anniversary of our festival, we wanted to dig a little deeper and explore the work of other notable playwrights, aside from the great Shakespeare. We asked our esteemed colleagues from all over the world if they would be interested in exploring this idea as well. The response was a resounding YES! So this year our experienced festival cast of world renowned improvisers will present in the style of their favorite authors...
- Compagnie Combats Absurdes in the style of Eugène Ionesco
- Crumbs in the style of George F. Walker
- Stockholm´s Improvisationsteater in the style of August Strindberg
- unexpected productions in the style of Tennessee Williams
- Die Gorillas in the style of Georg Büchner
All these groups will work together as part of the festival ensemble, but will also each have a chance to showcase the style of their favorite playwright individually in the second part of the festival.
What you get is a festival of improvisational theater, in the truest sense of the word! But that’s not all we’ve got lined up. We’ve got: SpeakEasy with ImprovPoetry from Vancouver where jazz meets improv, Grand Prix, The Big Seven Int. Ed., Open Stage, a new show format: The Game, and of course Ladies Night. And for the first time in four years we’re bringing back our Grand Opening Show. We know we will enjoy a few extravagances opening night, and we will be celebrating somewhere other than our home theatre, the Ratibor. Our first evening of the festival (and also the second for Noodt is the Father of Invention) will take place in the Heimathafen Neukölln, where we’ve been performing now for over a year.
We also want to tackle the themes of improvising a bit theoretically. Therefore, we invite you to join us for two panel discussions. And of course there are workshops focusing on: a lot of words, little words and a lot of theater.
And now for the fun.