Online Improv Elective: Improv & Navarasa

Online Improv Elective: Improv & Navarasa Sat 19th june 4 to 6 pm, uk time

Improv & Navarasa with Varoon P. Anand


About this event

As improvisers, we often find ourselves reaching for the same familiar set of emotions to the situation or relationship. It can be difficult to consciously remember to try out different facets of a personality right before we enter a scene. It isn’t that we are unfamiliar with emotions like wonder or awe, but we might even be too self-conscious to reach for it in a performance, and we end up playing slightly heightened versions of ourselves.

Derived from India’s Natya Shastra (the Indian theatre treatise) the Navarasa uses 9 emotions or, more accurately, expressions as a base to build performances that incorporate posture, breath, stance, movement and sound to create dramatic and impactful stories.

In the Navarasa, Nava means “Nine” and Rasa is often translated as “mood”, “emotion”, “expression” or “sentiment.” The Navarasa, in the scriptures, refers to the nine expressions that humans often show. These are love (shringaara), laughter (haasya), kind-heartedness or compassion (karuna), anger (roudra), courage (veera), fear (bhayaanaka), disgust (bheebhatsya), wonder or surprise (adbhutha) and peace or tranquility (shaantha).

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Effectively introduce expressions like wonder to become an “athlete of the emotions”
  • Endow silent moments with meaning
  • Feel confident about reaching for a higher or lower scale of emotion in performance
  • Have more options to turn to explore relationships with other performers in scenes
  • Create more dramatic and impactful scenes with fewer words

We offer free places for all online drop-ins and electives in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

Free tickets available to those who are unable to afford them. Option to Buy a place, Give a place – for yourself and a place for someone less able to afford it.

Min. participants 6, max. 12.

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Varoon P. Anand is Delhi’s most experienced Improv trainer and performer. Beginning his career under the guidance of Danielle Miles, of Fortetheatre UK, he co-founded Improv8 at Panama’s renowned Theatre Guild of Ancón in 2008. In Delhi, Varoon began teaching Improv in 2012 through Kaivalya Plays, the theatre company he founded, and in 2014 formed CueLess Improv, the capital’s most prolific team of short-form improv performers. Varoon trained in Laban Movement with Gilles Chuyen in 2013. Varoon continued training in improv with teachers including Saif Ali, of Batlahouse theatre, learning and collaborating from 2015-16. In 2018, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and medical practitioners, Varoon created Unravel, an improv show about mental health. Along with being the Artistic Director of Kaivalya Plays, CueLess Improv, and El Clavileño (India’s only Spanish language theatre group). As of 2020, Varoon has trained more than 200 performers in spontaneous improvisation, facilitated workshops for over 500 people in improvisation for mental wellness and collaborated with institutions like Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of Ecuador, Indian Habitat Centre, Little Theatre Group (LTG), Oddbird Theatre & Foundation amongst others. He continues to explore new ways to present and teach the techniques of improv, along with his other specialties.

This open workshop runs Saturday 19th June, 4 – 6.30 pm BST.

Open – A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

Whatever the level of ability required, all of our classes are safe, supportive environments led by our experienced teachers. Please email us if you are unsure whether a class is suitable for you. If you sign up for a class inappropriate to your level the Nursery/Maydays reserved the right to remove you from the class without refund.

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact [email protected]

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