Through short and long form improv, clown, movement, laughter and reflection, we’ll fall upwards into
- Playful discovery
- Laughter and fun
- Letting your body surprise you
- Movement and messing around
- Stimulation for personal reflection
Polarities are seeming opposites that actually support each other, like yin and yang, leading and following and so on.
As themes through the classes, we’ll play with polarities as springboards for creativity and optional explorations outside class.
Order and Chaos
Too much order and we lose touch with life. Too much chaos and we become overwhelmed.
- Finding joy in patterns and structures
- Tapping into chaos and impulse and being surprised
Archetypes and Individuals
- Using archetypes to inspire rich improvised myths, legends and fairy stories
- Opening up meaning in human quirks and tiny details, finding “a world in a grain of sand”
Listening In and Listening Out
Where do you look for inspiration – in yourself or in others? We’ll explore finding inspiration in
- listening and paying attention to your fellow players
- sensing and exploring your inner responses
Ordinary and Extraordinary
We sometimes feel we need to do something exciting, funny or just generally “better”. Instead we’ll explore
- Daring to be ordinary
- Not trying to be smart, but allowing the connection to take it wherever it takes us
Leading and Supporting
Sometimes it’s good to take charge. Sometimes it’s good to support. We’ll explore
- Taking charge, being big and bold
- Letting go and supporting whatever’s going on, whether you expected it or not
Succeeding and Failing
When we first make a plan then try to force events to go that way, we get stuck. We’ll explore
- Getting into loving problems
- Allowing the obstacle to become the way
- Turning a detour into a new destination
Committing and Relaxing
Like how we suspend disbelief during a film, we play as if everything is important and also laugh to remember it totally doesn’t matter and we’re just messing around!
We can explore big themes and laugh about it. Create masterpieces and sweep them away. Let go of knowing and discover new lands.
Who is it for?
To enjoy this class you should have done some short and long form improv before and feel OK about jumping in and exploring. For example, you might have done a course with me such as The Delight of Surprising Yourself or similar with someone else. Ask me if you’re not sure.
All at Unsplash if not otherwise stated.
- Laughing woman – Ivana Cajina @von_co
- Jumping into puddle – Rafaela Biazi @rafaelabiazi
- Woman pulling face – Toa Heftiba @Heftiba
- Dionysus – Boudewijn Huysmans @boudewijn_huysmans
- Swing dancers – Amandine L @amandine_latour
- Man with plant – Jason Edwards @jasonedwa
- Two women lying backwards on bed – Olena Sergienko @olenkasergienko
- Man falling backwards into lake – Cesar La Rosa @obcesar
- Woman laughing – Callum Shaw @callumshaw
- Colourful infinity symbol – Gordon Dylan Johnson Openclipart @gdj
- Two friends laughing under a tree – Bagas Muhammad @bagskai