BIF week

The BIF programme brings together improvisers from all over the globe to gather new impulses and impressions, to improve and establish contacts. Next to the workshops the supporting programme offers various opportunities to experiment, find new approaches, network and most of all have a joyful time.

WORKSHOP:

MASTERCLASS – THE BODY IS A VEHICLE

Book workshop

Daniel Orrantia (COL)

There is an ancient belief that stories reside in a special place away from our world. In order to bring back stories from this mythical place, we have devised many vehicles. We have created songs, paintings, drawings, and alphabets. But what happens when the vehicle is our body? How do we use it as a medium for storytelling?

In this workshop we will work together to explore the physical characteristics of our bodies as vehicles to tell stories. Through directed exercises we will focus on ourselves, the space that surrounds us and the other performers. This will be an exploration of storytelling from your body with one of the world’s greatest and most diverse physical improvisers, with the aim of giving performers new tools and skills to enhance their practice and physical work on stage. So you can finally stop worrying about all of your scenes being just “talking heads”!

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

WORKSHOP:

INTENSIVE

Book workshop

Character work is one of the foundations of good improvisation. In this series of workshops, we will explore the steps to creating and living in a fully realized character and see how that ultimately benefits every aspect of scene work. From the creation of a character to how it interacts with others to its eventual evolution, you’ll be shown many tools to help ground you in your scene work. With a good character, you’ll find your audience is much more connected to what you’re sharing with them. The participants will work with three amazing instructors, who will focus on three different parts of your own individual character development:

Kayla Lorette (CAN)

Creation: There are many ways to discover and create characters within an impro scene. In this workshop, you’ll explore those different entry points and see which one feels best for you! Be it physical, emotional or completely abstract, you’ll learn different tools to manifest a fully realized character, through finding your own, uniquely fitting way to approach character work.

Gilly Alfeo (GER)

Interaction: Once you’ve established a character, there’s chance for development. Believable character development shouldn’t come out of nothing. Encounter and interaction should trigger that process. Learn to recognize strong triggers for your character and grasp how to make wise offers that support a comprehensible change.

Billy Kissa (GR)

Evolution: The last chapter of this workshop will help you and your characters be open to change. Focusing on realistic and organic transitions, by recognizing how their experience evolves and reconstructs them, we can help the audience relate to our character’s journey through change and evolution.

LEVEL: participants with at least 3 years of impro experience, who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis.

WORKSHOP:

SIX PACK

Book workshop

The Six-pack program of 2020 has been devised with great care towards improvisational diversity. Six teachers from six different companies will bring six different styles they most like to work with and introduce you to different skills that every passionate improviser should try to master.

Tess Degenstein (CAN)

Impulse: The starting workshop of the Six-pack program aims to further connect improvisers with their impulses. Through exercises, scene work, and coaching, you will learn to play with less hesitancy and more fearlessness. Emphasis here is not on cleverness, but on playfulness, and joy. We will investigate how to inspire our scene partners and, in doing, surprise ourselves. When was the last time you surprised yourself?

Lee White (CAN)

Listening and acceptance: Listening is one of the most important skills an improviser can have, yet too often our scene partner’s words and the meanings behind them are neglected. Can we turn down our ego and open our senses to what is really being said? Yes, we can. With a focus on listening to our partner and accepting their offers, this workshop will have you giving more and making your partner look like the star. Ask not what your partner can do for you, ask what you can do for your partner!

Sara Šoukal (SLO)

Enjoy the silence! So many times as improvisers we rely on words alone to tell the story or express our emotions, forgetting that our body is already telling a story. We will challenge ourselves with every improviser’s nightmare: how to improvise without words. In this workshop we will explore ways to listen to our bodies, we will limit ourselves to minimal talking in the scenes and we’ll rely on the expressiveness of our movement alone!

Björn Harras (GER)

Acting: The essence of acting is … acting. That does not mean you pretend to be a character, it means you are the character. But how can we slip into a character quickly? And when we got it, how can we sustain the character, even if we just created it? The answer lies in the inner processes, which help you to stay in the character and also let it change automatically.

Lád’a Karda (CZ)

Flow: When you have no ask-fors or topics from the audience, everything depends on the flow between the improvisers. During this workshop we will explore possibilities of how to find and keep the flow on stage and even forget about the fact, that you are improvising. When we have no rules, we have to find them with our partners and try to define the game that we are playing. It is like playing in our childhood again … but you are doing theatre … but it doesn’t feel like theatre, it’s actually playing again.

Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té (Reunion Island)

Finding your inner clown: Clowning is the essence of impro itself, the religion of reaction towards the audience and for yourself to create a story that comes true to you and the others. In this workshop we will use some techniques from Rudolph Laban, a Hungarian choreographer, who worked on the body as the tool to tell a story, and the variations that we can experience with it, and from Claudia Notalle, a clown from France, who has explored clowning in a particular way, putting the emphasis on the connection with yourself and among all the audience members.

LEVEL: participants with at least 1 year of impro experience, who rehearse and/or take workshops on a regular basis

All BIF week programs are held in English, with a maximum of 12 participants each. The programs involve 17,5 (Masterclass) and 21 hours (Intensive and Six-pack) workshops, a panel discussion, a tour of Berlin, a rehearsal observation, two jams, fun activities and tickets to any of the shows of IMPRO 2020.

Locations: Studio Puls Berlin, Möckernstrasse 111; Jugendkulturzentrum Pumpe, Lützowstrasse 42 (Masterclass and Intensive) and Ratibortheater, Cuvrystrasse 20a (Six-pack)

MARCH 16 | MONDAY

17:00

WELCOME MEETING AND IMPRO SPEED DATING

 

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 17 | TUESDAY

11:00 – 14:00

OBSERVATION OF THE IMPRO FORMAT THRONE REHEARSAL DIRECTED BY RANDY DIXON

 

15:30 – 19:00

WORKSHOP

INTENSIVE: KAYLA LORETTE (CAN)
SIX-PACK: TESS DEGENSTEIN (CAN)

 

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 18 | WEDNESDAY

11:00 – 14:30

WORKSHOP
MASTERCLASS
INTENSIVE: KAYLA LORETTE(CAN)
SIX PACK: LEE WHITE (CAN)

 

16:00 – 17:30

TOUR OF BERLIN

 

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 19 | THURSDAY

11:00 – 14:30

WORKSHOP
MASTERCLASS
INTENSIVE: GILLY ALFEO (GER)
SIX-PACK: SARA ŠOUKAL (SLO)

 

16:00 – 17:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND CENSORSHIP IN IMPRO (AND OTHER ARTS)

Host: Journalist Friedhelm Teicke (zitty Berlin)
Panelists: Inbal Lori (ISR), John Gebretatose (USA) and Lad’a Karda (CZE)

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 20 | FRIDAY

11:00 – 14:30

WORKSHOP
MASTERCLASS
INTENSIVE: GILLY ALFEO (GER)
SIX-PACK: BJÖRN HARRAS (GER)

 

15:30 – 16:30

JAM WITH ALL BIF PROGRAMM GROUPS

 

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 21 | SATURDAY

11:00 – 14:30

WORKSHOP
MASTERCLASS
INTENSIVE: BILLY KISSA (GRE)
SIX-PACK: LAD’A KARDA (CZE)

 

16:00 – 17:00

SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN BIF PARTICIPANTS AND IMPRO-2020-ENSEMBLE

 

20:00

SHOW OF IMPRO 2020

 

23:00

CLOSING PARTY OF IMPRO 2020

MARCH 22 | SUNDAY

11:30 – 15:00

WORKSHOP
MASTERCLASS
INTENSIVE: BILLY KISSA (GRE)
SIX-PACK: KENG-SAM CHANE CHICK TÉ (REUNION ISLAND)

 

16:30

JAM SESSION

 

19:00

OPEN STAGE