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STEPHEN DAVIDSON: PLAY LIKE AN ALLY
15. Jun | 10:00-16. Jun | 15:00 EUR80 - EUR120
Improv can be anything, and you can be anything as an improviser. Yet we often default to our own life experience. There are more points of view, characters, different gut reactions and life experiences in the world than we can count, and improv is an art form that allows us access to them all. We create the truth and reality of every world we improvise, and the broader your perspective the deeper your well of creative possibility. Learn how to see the world in a new way, be welcoming to new people, and invigorate your improv practice.
We’ve all been in or seen a scene that went a bit too far, or just felt uncomfortable to watch or be in. We’ll learn techniques for redirecting these scenes, and for handling difficult subject matter sensitively. The endless possibility of improv means that communication about what is and isn’t ok in your group is important. Every group is different, and that’s fantastic! We’ll learn how to talk about where our own lines are, and how we can be skilful about respecting each other’s boundaries.
Although improv can be anything, it doesn’t need to be everything. If this is a show where we’re not allowed to kiss, pick people up, do a non-white accent, or talk about assault, great! It’s an opportunity to make a different choice. And if this is the show where all of those things are fine, also great! How do we keep it fresh, intelligent, and safe?
The workshop is designed for people with some improv experience. It is held in English, translation available. If people can speak basic English that’s enough; the aim of the workshop is to start conversations, and to share improv skills.
Here is an improvised monologue Stephen did about gender and leadership in The Untitled Monologue Project by Tai Campbell.
Stephen Davidson is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv, Carmen: A gender-swapped Film Noir Fantasy, and co-director of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. He currently also plays with The Verbs, musical house team of the Nursery theatre, in Castles in the Air, an improvised Studio Ghibli film, and in duo The Happiest People in the World with Erick Castellan. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable and the Nursery Theatre, and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Improv.
He loves improv and is one of the world’s most cheerful people when playing or teaching. When coaching and directing improv he prides himself on creating a positive environment so that players can perform at their best. Stephen likes his improv like he likes his partners; silly, clever, and emotionally connected. Stephen has studied improv through i/o Chicago, The Nursery, Annoyance, UCB, Hoopla, The Maydays, Music Box, Showstoppers, City Academy, Imprology, and with many visiting artists including Dave Razowsky, Bill Arnett, Tim Sozko, Heather Anne Campbell, Deanna Fleysher, and Lydia Hensler.
Saturday, 15th June, 10am-2pm (no lunch break)
Sunday, 16th June, 11am-3pm (no lunch break)
Fee: 120€ (80€ reduced) // Neither AMS!-Theater nor BIK CITY Impro is in this for financial gain. We think this is an important offer to the Bremen improv scene, hence the cheap fee. If you want to take part but it is still too much for you to pay – talk to us and we will find a solution.
City46, Birkenstraße 1, 28195 Bremen
Presented by BIK CITY Impro in cooperation with AMS!-Theater