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Improvisation modern genesis

1897 - Paris (France) - Andre Antoine's naturalistic theatre: the rise of the fourth wall.

1898 - Moscow (Russia) - Art Theatre founded by Constantin Stanislavski on the principle of realistic theatre.

1920 - Paris (France) - Mask improvisation at the Ecole du Vieux-Colombier.

1921 - Vienna (Austria) - J.L. Moreno directs the "Theatre of Spontaneity" and develops Psychodrama.

1935 - New York (US) - Sanford Meisner join the Neighborhood Playhouse and starts developing his teaching technique.

1939 - Chicago (US) - Viola Spolin starts developing the concept of Theatre Games.

1945 - (England) - Joan Littlewood founds the Theatre Workshop, twice prosecuted for using improvisation in performance.

1951 - Milan (Italy) - Jacques Lecoq creates the Theatre School of the Piccolo Teatro.

1955 - Chicago (US) - David Shepherd and Paul Sills found the Compass Players, later to become The Second City.

1958 - London (England) - Keith Johnstone starts using improvisation to train students at the Royal Court Theatre.

1959 - Opole (Poland) - Jerzy Grotowski founds the Laboratory Theatre.

1963 - (US) - Viola Spolin's Improvisation for the Theater is published.

Late 1960s - San Francisco (US) - Del Close develops the Harold long form of improvisation.

1968 - (Scandinavia) - Towards a Poor theatre by Jerzy Grotowski is published.

1970s - (US) - Action Theatre is created by Ruth Zapora, Contact improvisation by Steve Paxton and Viewpoints by Mary Overlie.

1973 - (Latin America) Augusto Boal develops Invisible theatre and later Forum Theatre.

1975 - New York State (US) - Jonathan Fox develops Playback Theatre.

1977 - Quebec (Canada) - Robert Gravel's Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation stages the first public performance mixing improvisation with sport.

1977 - London (England) - Mike Leigh directs Abigail's Party.

1978 - Calgary (Canada) - Keith Johnstone's TheatreSports first public match.

1978 - Ottawa (Canada) - Carleton High School's Improv Olympics is founded.

1979 - (Canada) - Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone is published.

Main source (with several additions): The Novelty of Improvisation: Towards a Genre of Embodied Spontaneity (open access) by David Alfred Charles - PhD Dissertation - Department of Theatre - Louisiana State University, August 2003. All rights reserved.



 
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