Ohana Improv Podcast 4 - Amir Atsmon

Ohana Improv Podcast 4 - Amir Atsmon

For the fourth episode of the Ohana Improv Podcast I spoke to Amir Atsmon, live from the streets of Tel Aviv in Israel. We talk about:

– what touring with a theatre project taught him;
– what the Israeli improv scene is like;
– how improv changed his life;
and much, much more.

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Ohana Improv Podcast 3 - Patti Stiles

Ohana Improv Podcast 3 - Patti Stiles

For the third episode of the Ohana Improv Podcast I got the chance to pick the brain of Patti Stiles from Australia. We cover these topics:
– how she makes improv formats;
– why she prefers crunchy broccoli after soup, when it comes to improv;
– what her turning point in life was (of course it included Keith Johnstone);
and much, much more.

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Ohana Improv Podcast 2 – Matt Schuurman

Ohana Improv Podcast 2 – Matt Schuurman

For the second episode of the Ohana Improv Podcast I had an interview with the charming Matt Schuurman, the new artistic director of Rapid Fire Theatre. We talk about:

– how he became the artistic director of Rapid Fire Theatre;
– how his work as a video designer influenced his improv;
– what his work with children has taught him;
and much, much more.

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Ohana Improv Podcast 1 – Tim Orr

Ohana Improv Podcast 1 – Tim Orr

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim Orr from San Francisco. We cover different topics relating to his improv practice, including:
– how his warm-up for a show looks like;
– what the turning point in his career was;
– how his background as a basketball coach influenced him as a trainer;
and much, much more.

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In Denemarken, in een masker, in een trance.

In Denemarken, in een masker, in een trance.

Wat kun je leren van improvisatie met maskers? Vooral heel veel loslaten, ondervond ik tijdens een maskercursus in Denemarken. Een kijkje achter het masker in deze blog.

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Duoshow in Lyon - The audience's experience

Duoshow in Lyon - The audience's experience

A blog about the wonderful experience Dona Ursu and I had when playing Improv Show Close Quarters at an all female festival in Lyon. 

And also some thoughts about being someone's best show ever and how to cope with that smile emoticon

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Majorette in Belgium - Understanding each other

“You didn’t understand me, did you?”
Busted.
I nodded along to a conversation in a very different dialect in a very loud bar. No, I did not get it. But I hoped you liked my smiling face….

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The Dutch and the Flemish officially speak the same language. However, Flemish is a very particular dialect of the Dutch language with many different words. And the group I was training this weekend all spoke Flemish. Fast!

The 15 girls and 1 man of Majoretteketet invited me to train their improvisation skills. They are a marjorette club, dancing with their batons in parades. It is a form of performance art that is unfortunately dying out in both our countries.

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Majorette is a dance style that can be best compared with cheerleading. But then less bouncy, more controlled and using a stick. This group however has their own style with fun choreographies, cute costumes and improvising with the situation that is presented.

Last weekend I helped them train on the latter. Because as their dance squad leader told me: she is often the only one improvising. They hoped I could take some of their fear away.

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Working with dancers is a terrific experience. I now like them even better than during my younger years in and around a dance school. Very bluntly put: dancers know what happens below their neck. And that is just a wonderful thing to see.

In 10 hours of training we worked on attitude, group work, supporting your partner, improvising in theatre and improvising in dance. We were all doing something new: me training a marjorette-troupe and them… Well, improvising.

The majoretten always parade through different kinds of environments. So we imagined fountains, policemen, markets, skaters, a zoo, bored elderly people and supermarkets to be there. Everything that was in the environment could be used for improvising dance steps, improvising poses and improvising mimed theatre.

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And we got incredibly far. They performed entire routines, including ‘stick-tricks’ and environment-related dance steps, but then totally improvised. I love that our two disciplines merged together so beautifully.

Eventually we truly understood each other. Improv and Majoretten. Dutch and Flemish.