BIF days 2019

At BIF days (21st to 24th of March) you can choose one of the two offered workshops, see all the shows of IMPRO 2019 during these 4 days and participate in a panel discussion about improv and political correctness and a special presentation of the Our Lives project documentary directed by Lee White.

Both BIF days workshops are held in English, with a maximum of 12 participants each.
Workshop space: Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Lützowstraße 42, 10785 Berlin

BIF Days 1 - Creating Space Through Playing

A workshop devoted to female-identifying improvisers

Maja Dekleva Lapajne

The workshop dives into the topic of gender, social relations and its manifestation in artistic improvisation. It is created for female-identifying improvisers only in order to create a safe and supportive environment for playing, exploring and creating. In the past years the topic of »women in improv« has become very strong within offstage discussions, production questions and artistic commentaries on stage with many interesting questions arising: What do we gain and what do we lose by understanding ourselves as minority? Is there something that we can call the female approach to improvisation? Does it help to look into the dynamics between initiative action and following? How do we deal with stereotypes and reproducing mainstream relations?

By using methods, exercises and scores from different fields of performing arts - theatre improvisation, contemporary dance, physical theatre and clowning - we will dig into those questions and hopefully form some new ones. Through playing with topics, identities, social relations and most of all - with ourselves and each other - we are creating spaces for new worlds.


Norbert Sven FöMaja Dekleva Lapajne is a director and a performer from Ljubljana, a member of the internationally acclaimed Kolektiv Narobov and the artistic director of the Naked Stage Festival and the Our Lives project. She has worked in various different projects and mediums, from clown theatre and contemporary dance to radio, television and film – but her main focus and passion has always been improvisation.

Norbert Sven Fö researches playfulness and kinesthetic-physical intelligence as a dancer, performer, choreographer, clown, teacher, writer, producer in formats like performance, installation, happenings, clown acts, publication, workshop, lecture. He speaks seven languages and enjoys eating, while being based somewhere between Zagreb and Ljubljana.

LEVEL: female-identifying improvisers with at least three years of improv experience who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis.

BIF Days 2 - Improvised Clowning

An introduction to clowning with the Bulgarian master of physical comedy

Alexander MitrevWhile communicating in our everyday life, as well while performing on stage in a scripted play or improv show, we often feel stuck. We need a new idea, new direction, something good to continue with. And while we’re thinking about what it could be, the moment is long gone. Through a combination of exercises and clowning games the aim of this workshop is to find the state of being comfortable with having »nothing«. Nothing, but our body - breath, blood and bones and our unique imagination and creativity. So we never miss a moment.

Alexander Mitrev is a freelance actor who graduated in 2000 at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bulgaria. He has numerous experiences in various theatre productions - from physical theatre through classic drama and musical theatre, to experimental forms of performances. One of his theatre obsessions is also improvisational theatre, where he performs as a regular member of the HaHaHa Impro Theatre in his hometown of Sofia.

participants with at least one year of stage experience (also non-improv performers) who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis.


 March 21st


 17:00 Welcome meeting and briefing at the
 Ratibor Theater

 20:00 Show of IMPRO 2019

 March 22nd

 11:00 to 15:00

 16:00 Panel discussion: Improvisational theatre,
 politcal correctness and censorship

 20:00 Show of IMPRO 2019

 March 23rd

 11:00 to 15:00

 16:00 Presentation of the Our Lives project
 documentary directed by Lee White

 20:00 Show of IMPRO 2019

 23:00 Closing party of IMPRO

 March 24th

 12:00 to 15:00

 16:00 Jam Session


 19:30 Open Stage


Early bird cost: 199 Euro
Regular cost: 235 Euro
Early bird cost only with payment and registration until Dec 31st 2018. The price includes workshops, other scheduled activities and a festival pass for all the shows of IMPRO 2019.

There is the possibility to have lunch at the workshop location on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the additional cost of 20 Euro - please choose the option in the registration form.

21.03. - 24.03.2019 BIF days 2019 - Alexander Mitrev: Improvised Clowning
21.03. - 24.03.2019 BIF days 2019 - Maja Dekleva Lapajne & Norbert Sven Fö: Creating space through playing

Contact and information.

Die Gorillas / Culturalis kulturmanagement
Juš Milčinski
telephone and Viber: +386 31 427 846

Conditions for participation in the BIF program.

Early bird: online registration plus receipt of payment of 100% of the program fee until Dec 31st.
Regular cost: online registration and receipt of payment - transfer 50% of the program fee until Dec 31st 2018 (first come, first served!) and second 50% until Feb 15th 2019.
Please note that participation in the program is at your own risk, there is no insurance protection by the festival organisers.

More than 6 weeks before programs: full refund.
More than 4 weeks before programs: 75% refund.
4-3 weeks before programs: 50% refund.
3-2 weeks before programs: 30% refund.
2-1 week(s) before programs: 10% refund.
Less than 7 days before workshop: no refund.

Bank transfer to:
Gorilla Theater e.V.
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank
IBAN DE52430609671102116501

IMPRO – International Festival for Improvisational Theatre Berlin Code of Conduct

Our festival has always been a place designated for the meeting, exchange and interaction of people from all over the world, enjoying improvised theatre together. We wish to continue making it a space, where everyone feels safe and has the opportunity to freely experience our art form.

We hope people of all genders, abilities, ages, cultures and sexualities feel welcome here. As such, any form of discrimination will not be tolerated. This can include, but is not limited to: racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic or ableist comments, sexual harassment, bullying.

We trust that everyone participating in our festival, from staff members to performers, workshop participants, audience members to anyone else joining the festival in whatever manner, does so with respect and appreciation for their fellow human beings and surroundings..

We encourage you to communicate and respect boundaries - while being aware that they can differ from person to person - and do so with good will and understanding for one another.

If at any point you feel made uncomfortable or unsafe at our festival, please let us know. You can speak to a staff member directly or contact our festival representative trustees Marie Wellmann or Juš Milčinski. Reports will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and handled with care and confidentiality..

Contact details:
Marie Wellmann.
+49-(0)177 6222596

Juš Milčinski
+386 31 427 846