Courses Structure

Structure: Each class usually consists of three periods. First, we breathe and relax with the entire group. Then we practice games, in pairs or groups, with everyone taking part at the same time. In the end, we practice scenes, with performers playing in front of the other participants on a voluntary basis. A beginners class will concentrate on the two first periods, while an advanced class will make more space for scene work and story-telling.

Method: Our classes are highly interactive and conditioned by the level of pleasure and energy in the room. We take the time to unwind and warm-up properly, and put our attention on space and movements as much as dialogues. Our guiding principles are complicity, pleasure and forgiveness.

Pace: The speed at which students acquire the necessary skills depends on each individual. The confidence to speak with ease in front of an audience manifests sooner or later, through voice and body training, as well as repeated exposure. The capacity to listen and adjust in real time to any given situation is harder to master. Participants will need to give themselves the freedom to experiment and the permission to fail.

Learning: Some of the learning takes place in stages and each session is dedicated to a particular aspect of improvisation. Other times learning happens in a breakthrough. As you play or watch other people play you suddenly realise something about yourself or the way you do things. A moment of clarity that has to be experienced and cannot be imparted. Receiving feedback will help you make sense of it all.

Zootrophice rehearsal, London, 2017

Zootrophice rehearsal, London, 2017

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