Online Improv Elective: Fire up your fundamentals

Basics for experienced players

 

About this Event

 

The Nursery/Maydays longform electives are classes on specific aspects of longform improvisation Some of these classes focus on skills and some on forms, some on narrative ideas and some on Chicago-style longform. In these classes, students will have the opportunity to play side coached longform sets with particular focuses and feedback from the teacher.

Why do ballet dancers practise their technique for hours? Why do most professional musicians work through their scales and arpeggios every single day? Because there is always something new to learn in the very fundamentals of any art and craft. Can we as improvisers say the same?

This workshop will inspire you to re-examine your fundamental skills of agreement, listening and commitment. Through innovative exercises, you’ll rediscover some of that early joy of improvisation while opening up pathways to play that over time might have become closed off. You’ll then drill these fundamentals in guided scenework. But more importantly, you’ll leave reinvigorated, and inspired to work on your craft and your art.

Workshop includes:

? Priming ourselves for agreement

? Exercises to retune our listening skills

? Examining what it truly means to commit

Min. participants 6, max. 8.

Dan Ryan has been performing in freeform teams since 2012, including Nursery house team Parkin. He has played and coached in a number of different European countries.

This experienced elective runs Saturday 6th February 4 – 6.30 pm GMT

Experienced (18 months+) A class for skilful players, especially those who have finished improv training programmes at their school and are looking to widen their horizons. These classes will make the assumption that you are comfortable performing longform improvisation and will push you.

NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.

Dan Ryan Dan is a London-based improviser and coach, and currently plays in Nursery house team Parkin, and in Soundcheck, the show of amusing musical musings. After doing his first improv show in Slovenia in the late nineties, he co-founded Barcelona Improv Group in 2011, before joining Ripcord, London’s first freeform team, in 2014. His...
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