showing up

May. 27th, 2013 10:13 am
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My second improv class has come and gone, and was even more fun than the first, so now ten of us from the class are planning a showcase. The showcase is alarmingly soon, less than two weeks off, and what's more, the instructor's first choice of venue (which was an uncrowded pub in a back alley) was booked so instead we're in one of the main venues on Dame Street, high traffic and possibly a lot of tourists too. And I mean, I haven't been at all nervous doing improv in class for awhile now, but that's in front of my classmates and not random punters, so I bet that's going to be an experience. We've had one rehearsal since class ended, which went well, and we're supposed to have three more before the showcase. I'm really excited!

Part of being excited is reading resources my improv friends are sending on. There was a nice short book that had a lot of useful tips, kind of pointing out some crutches beginning improvisers tend to lean on (and I've noticed myself leaning on as well). For example, justifying action too much instead of being comfortable with it happening, by saying things like "this is my first day..." or "every time we..." or "I love/hate..." or "this is the best ever..." or "... is really fun". The focus of the book was all about being unafraid and decisive as an improviser, even while listening to your scene partner and supporting them a lot.

And, someone sent out this anthropology master's thesis on improv which I actually could not put down. It had a lot of history and culture of improv that was interesting, but then the coolest part was about improv as a constructed liminal space and why that makes people both less constrained and more likely to bond to each other through a shared creative process.

So yeah, I like this a lot, I'm hoping the showcase goes well enough that we keep doing it.

Date: 2013-05-29 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chih.livejournal.com
Somebody should tape your show. I want to see!

Date: 2013-05-29 07:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermynnie.livejournal.com
I think we're all a little afraid that if it's taped, it'll be rubbish but also on the internet forever. I'm hoping this becomes a regular thing though, assuming the showcase isn't a disaster.

Date: 2013-05-31 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chih.livejournal.com
I can lose it afterwards... just like the one of you getting your bellybutton pierced... :)

Date: 2013-05-31 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clevermynnie.livejournal.com
What! Is that gone? I feel like I should have a copy of that...

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