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Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, Devon 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, Kendal 2010

Improvisation workshop, London 2008

Improvisation workshop, Birmingham 2010

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, Bermingham, 2010

Improvisation workshop, Bermingham, 2010

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2008

Improvisation workshop, Birmingham 2010

Improvisation workshop, London 2011

Improvisation workshop, London 2008

Improvisation workshop London 2007

Improvisation workshop London 2007

Improvisation workshop, Devon 2011

Improvisation workshop, Birmingham 2010

 
Last update: 25/08/11 - We learn improvisation through play, using increasingly sophisticated games as we go along. Rather than telling you what to think and what to do, we use guided experimentation and let you find your own “solutions”, through trials and errors, before framing those findings to understand the conditions of success. See testimonials.

All levels workshops are designed to benefit participants of all backgrounds, the more diverse the better. Those sessions can be especially useful to trainers, conselors, performers, people managing other people or those simply in need of some refreshing fun in their life. Satisfied former participants include total beginners as well as experienced performers.

Fondation classes are for people who never tried improvisation, or haven't practice for some time. They cover the key basic concepts and serve as an entry point to all other levels. We recommend that you try our beginners classes retreats or weekends first, unless you are already practising improvisation regularly (verbal, physical and/or musical). If you are a complete beginner, you might have to take the beginners cycle more than once should you wish to progress to the improvers level, as it can takes some practice to fully own the required skills.

Improvers classes offer a natural progression from beginners'. They are designed for people with previous knowledge and experience, including those who took the beginners class and feel ready for something more challenging. They do not cover the basics and run at a more demanding pace than the beginners classes. You might have to take the improver cycle more than once should you wish to progress to the advanced level. Feel free to ask your facilitator for advise on this matter.

Advanced workshops and weekends are for people who are already performing improvisation regularly and/or those who took the improvers class (usualy more than once) and feel ready for the stage. More time is given to demanding drills, scene practice and story-telling. Experienced improvisers and performers wishing to practice their stage craft and broaden their technique are welcome to join. The cast of Friendly Fire, imprology's performing company, is recruited in those classes.

The facilitator training is for experienced players wishing to co-facilitate or facilitate improvisation classes using imprology's style and syllabus.


All levels workshops [timetable] [top]

Usual schedule: Weekends, six to seven hours a day.

Entry level: Open to all.

Audience: For people with little or no experience in improvisation and those who want to try a different approach. Self-improvers, team managers, trainers, conselors, community workers, teachers, performers, stage directors, script writers etc.

Content and outcomes: All levels classes are non-judgmental and their difficulty level is progressive. You will travel through 7 key topics to re-claim the sense of play and spontaneity you had as a child and learn to share leadership. If it's your first time you will be looked after. If you are experienced you will develop a new set of skills with new people.
 

Key learnings
Relaxing, listening, projecting, being in the moment, effortless creativity, non-verbal communication, learning to fail, working with other people ideas, working with group dynamics and pecking orders.
Feedback and evaluation: You will exchange feedback with your group and your facilitator throughout the course through group discussions and other spontaneous reviewing methods. At the end of the course you and your facilitator will assess your progress and you will be asked to give some written evaluation about the course's content and delivery.

Required equipment: You should carry a notebook and pen should you want to take notes, and comfortable closing for moving around unrestrained. We are also advising you to carry a bottle of water and to drink regularly during classes.


Fondation classes [timetable] [top]

Usual schedule: Seven weekly evening classes, 2.5 hours each.

Entry level: Open to all.

Audience: For people with little or no experience in improvisation and those who want to try a different approach. Self-improvers, team managers, trainers, conselors, community workers, teachers, performers, stage directors, script writers etc.

Content and outcomes: Beginners' classes are non-judgmental and their difficulty level is very minimal to start with. You will progress through 7 key topics to re-claim the sense of play and spontaneity you had as a child. If it's your first time you will be looked after. If you are experienced you will develop new skills with new people.
 

Key learnings
Relaxing, listening, projecting, being in the moment, effortless creativity, non-verbal communication, learning to fail, working with other people ideas, working with group dynamics and pecking orders.
Feedback and evaluation: You will exchange feedback with your group and your facilitator throughout the course through group discussions and other spontaneous reviewing methods. At the end of the course you and your facilitator will assess your progress and you will be asked to give some written evaluation about the course's content and delivery.

Required equipment: You should carry a notebook and pen should you want to take notes, and comfortable closing for moving around unrestrained. We are also advising you to carry a bottle of water and to drink regularly during classes.


Improvers classes [timetable] [top]

Usual schedule: Seven weekly evening classes, 2.5 hours each.

Entry level: Open to participant with a previous experience of improvisation and students who completed the beginners cycle and are ready for a more challenging pace.

Audience: For people with a previous experience of improvisation. Self-improvers, team managers, trainers, conselors, community workers, teachers, performers, stage directors, script writers etc.

Content and outcomes: You will work with the 7 key topics topics previously encountered in more details. Aiming at genuine group creation, improvers classes look at what can be achieved collectively when we let go of our fears to fail and our need to prevail.
 

Key learnings
Working as a team, using the space, reconciling conflicting goals, favouring emotional spontaneity, mastering the power of simplicity.
Feedback and evaluation: You will exchange feedback with your group and your facilitator throughout the course through group discussions and other spontaneous reviewing methods. At the end of the course you and your facilitator will assess your progress and you will be asked to give some written evaluation about the course's content and delivery.

Required equipment: You should carry a notebook and pen should you want to take notes, and comfortable closing for moving around unrestrained. We are also advising you to carry a bottle of water and to drink regularly during classes.


Advanced workshops [timetable] [top]

Usual schedule: Weekends, six to seven hours a day with a public performance taking place one evening on the week following the workshop.

Entry level: The first morning of the workshop serves as an audition. Participants still have to book for the all workshop but will be fully refunded if it appears that they don't have the required level to follow the entire workshop. To attend you should be capable to look and to listen, to project your voice, use the space, work with other people ideas and support the ensemble.

Audience: For experienced improvisers who want try an alternative method, progress, research new formats and perform on stage.

Content and outcomes: Minimum theory and maximum practice.

Feedback and evaluation: group debriefs and public performances.

Required equipment: Notebook, pen and comfortable clothing. We are also advising you to carry a bottle of water and to drink regularly during classes.

 
Key practice
Listening skills, ensemble work, pace and rhythm, using the space, improvising with musical imputes, collective leadership, scene work and story telling.

"If you are an experienced actor, I highly recommend joining an experienced workshop. Ideal to keep your hand in."
Clare Brisben (Actor)
Facilitator's training [timetable] [top]

From time to time, we organise train the trainers' and other topical training as advertised in our newsletter.
Co-facilitating and Facilitating training

Schedule
: This intensive programme has two cycles: Co-facilitating and Facilitating. Each module runs for seven weeks and consists of fourteen evening classes, alternating theory and practice, and one weekend workshop during which students will be assessed for certification.

Entry level: Open to advanced Far Games players. A previous experience in teaching or facilitating is preferable but not essential. Admission by interview.

Targeted audience: Team members, performers, directors, trainers, community workers, teachers and performers who want to facilitate their own Far Games workshops.

Content and outcomes: You will develop and perfect your facilitator and game designer skills. Best practices in planning and delivery including safety, etiquette and record keeping will be examined. You will also be given plenty of opportunities to practice your skills by co-facilitating and facilitating classes and workshops of all levels and be assessed for certification at the end of the training.
 
Key learnings
Games design and delivery, workshops planning and delivery, facilitating, side-coaching, records keeping.

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