BIF week 2019

At BIF week (18th to 24th of March), we offer two great programs - the Six-pack for beginners and intermediate improvisers and the Masterclass for advanced performers. Also, you can see all shows of the IMPRO 2019 during these seven days, take a fun tour of Berlin, be a part of a live IMPRO 2019 podcast recording, observe a rehearsal of an improvised Shakespeare play directed by Randy Dixon 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 week programs are held in English, with a maximum of 12 participants each.
Workshop spaces: Ratibor Theater, Cuvrystraße 20a, 10997 Berlin and Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Luẗ zowstraße 42, 10785 Berlin



BIF Week 1 - Six-pack

Six teachers, six countries, six improv principles

 

Felipe OrtizFelipe Ortiz (Colombia): To Be In The Present

The most important and sometimes the most difficult thing for an improviser is to really connect with his or her partners, with the audience, with the music and with the space - in a few words: to be present. As performers our body is our main tool, so it’s important to develop a way of deep listening - listening with our mind, heart and body.

Felipe Ortiz is a performer and director, founding member of La Gata Cirko and Picnic. He has been working as a performer in improvisational theater, in the contemporary circus and as a clown with the emphasis on physical approach since 1995. He is interested in directing, exploring the body and its possibilities and sharing experiences with artists around the world!

 

Rama NicholasRama Nicholas (Australia): Emotion, Reaction and Empathy

Performers are empathy machines, creating stories that our scene partners and audience can connect to. By building trust and being in the moment we can allow ourselves to make bold, risky emotional offers and reactions. Using empathy, we can affect our audience and each other in a meaningful way.

Rama Nicholas is a multi-award-winning comedian, actor, improviser, writer and director. She is known for her critically acclaimed, one woman solo shows and as a creator of three highly sought after improv formats - Close To You, The Wishing Tree and Gypsyprov. Rama travels the world performing, directing and teaching improvisation with numerous international theatre companies and festivals.

 

Audrius BruzasAudrius Bružas (Lithuania): Making Connections

Improvisational theatre is a perfect boost for life - it helps you develop great attentiveness skills, reduces stress, makes you more creative, spontaneous and generally puts you in a good mood. The center of all these positive traits are - connections. Through gaming exercises and creative tasks we will try to find ways to make connections - not only on stage, but also in life.

Audrius Bružas is a theatre, film and television actor. He is an alumni of the Lithuanian Academy of Theatre and Music and he earned a Master’s degree in 2009. He has been improvising since 2001 and is a proud founder and actor in the biggest Lithuanian improv theatre Kitas Kampas.

 

 

Jus MilcinskiJuš Milčinski (Slovenia): Playfulness

One of the most important traits of any improviser is to be ready to play. Play the scene, play the character, play the game, play with your partners and your audience. Through this workshop we’ll explore ways to dive into our onstage partnerships without thinking too much, recognize patterns and amp our spontaneity to the max in funny, sad, realistic and plain old silly scenes.

Juš Milčinski has been performing in the art of improvisational theatre since 1999, first as a member of the Slovenian High School Improvisational League and later as a member of different improv short-form and long-form troupes. He is a cofounder and a member of IGLU - Improvisational Theatre of Ljubljana, a group of three silly friends who all fell in love with improv, where he regularly performs, teaches and travels the globe.

 

Gilly AlfeoGilly Alfeo (Germany): Storytelling

One very important aspect of improv is entertainment, which is at its best, when it happens on different levels. Being funny or showing skills as an actor one layer, but we can achieve much more, if we can create incredible stories. Through this workshop we’ll see ways to tell stories and make them stick. We will be inspired by authors and screenwriters with creating a clear protagonist and developing her or his adventure into three steps of outer, personal and inner conflict.

Gilly Alfeo leaped into the world of arts as a jazz-piano student at the Conservatory of Enschede in the Netherlands. He was later recruited as a pianist by Springmaus, Germany’s oldest commercial improv group. What started as a liaison, became a lifelong passion - he soon became an improv actor and is now also the artistic director of the company.

 

Inbal LoriInbal Lori (Israel): I improvise, therefore I am

We need to hold the rope from both ends: on one side we know where we are going and what is happening. On the other we are willing to let it go and follow our partners in a split of a second if they offer something else. This is the balanced ying-yang walk of the improviser. Full of ideas, yet calm. Full of enthusiasm yet concentrated and focused.

Inbal Lori is a graduate of Jerusalem Art High School and Nissan Nativ acting studio. Since then she has been working in television and theatre and has won prizes and scholarships for her acting and writing. She started improvising in Tel Aviv in 2001 where she also founded the group 3FALLING and ran an improvisation school. In 2015 she moved to Berlin and since then she has taught and performed all over the world in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

LEVEL: participants with at least one year of improv experience who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis.


 
BIF Week 2 - Masterclass: Lessons On Essence

Level up your scene work with three improv masters


It sounds simpler than it is: How do you play an improv scene? Of course, we can all do it, easily. But what do we have to do to turn it into a »good scene«? This Masterclass concentrates on the essence of our work: the creation of theatre scenes, arising in that moment. It is the base of everything that comes next, all the specialty skills, all the different styles and philosophies of improv. We will focus on the core of theatre: the scene as the basic building block of any improv theatre performance.

Mia Møller, Lee White and Billa Christe (in this order) will teach you how to listen to each other carefully, to be honest, to discover what the scene is about, to search for the answer in your partner, to be quick, to be slow, to be quiet, to find a beginning and an end. Train your skills with three extremely experienced teachers in an intensive class with three connected units on scene work for advanced improvisers.

Mia MøllerMia Møller earned a Master’s degree in Drama and Media Science in 2005 from University in Aarhus, DK. Her main interest in art is improv, forum theatre and to develop and teach theatrical tools to use for business, companies and everyday life. She has been doing several improv courses with Keith Johnstone and performed at different international improv festivals all over Europe.

 

 

 

Lee White

Lee White is Canadian born but now living in Berlin. He started acting at ten years old and by his mid twenties was one of the leading improvisers in the world. Being one half of the infamous CRUMBS he traveled the world teaching and performing. He is accomplished also as a stand up and actor in various films and television.

 

 

 

 

Billa Christe

Billa Christe studied acting in Berlin and joined Die Gorillas in 1997. She has been performing and teaching improvisation ever since, has developed and directed theatre plays and applies improvisation as a trainer and as an MC in the corporate world. She coaches improv ensembles, teaches at acting schools and regularly performs in Die Gorillas' several weekly shows in Berlin.

 

 

 

LEVEL: participants with at least 5 years of improv experience who rehearse and perform on a regular basis and have a professional approach to their improv work.


 

Schedule.

 Monday
 March 18th

 

 17:00 Welcome meeting and briefing
 at the Ratibor Theater

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 Tuesday
 March 19th

 11:00 to 14:30 Workshop

 16:00 to 18:00 Tour of Berlin

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 Wednesday
 March 20th

 11:00 to 14:30 Workshop

 16:00 to 17:30 Live IMPRO 2019
 podcast recording

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 Thursday
 March 21st

 11:00 to 14:00 Observation
 of an improvised
 Shakespeare rehearsal
 directed by Randy Dixon

 15:30 to 19:00 Workshop

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 Friday
 March 22nd

 11:00 to 14:30 Workshop

 16:00 to 17:30 Panel discussion:
 Improvisational theatre, political
 correctness and censorship

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 Saturday
 March 23rd

 11:00 to 14:30 Workshop

 16:00 to 17:30 Presentation of the Our
 Lives
project documentary directed by
 Lee White

 20:00: Show of IMPRO 2019

 23:00 Closing party of IMPRO
 2019

 Sunday
 March 24th

 11:30 to 15:00 Workshop

 16:00 Jam session

 

 19:30 Open stage


 

Registration.

Early bird cost: 319 Euro
Regular cost: 359 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 for the Six-pack participants 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.

18.03. - 24.03.2019 BIF week 2019 - Masterclass: Lessons on essence
18.03. - 24.03.2019 BIF week 2019 - Six-Pack. Six teacher, six countries, six styles of improv


Contact and information.

Die Gorillas / Culturalis kulturmanagement
Juš Milčinski
email: jus@improfestival.de
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.

Rescission/refund:
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
BIC GENODEM1GLS