On the weekend January 21/22 nine DAAD students took part in a specially designed workshop on ‚Introducing Improvisational Theater‘.
Improvisational theatre, often called impro or improv, is a form of drama/theatre/play in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted. Dialogue, action, story and characters are created spontaneously and collaboratively by the players/performers – without use of an already prepared, written script. Communicative and interctive skills are trained – in the same way as strategies towards creativity and cooperative abilities.
The first day of the workshop was run by Svetoslav Tonov, a former DAAD scholarship holder, Manuela Heuseler, an experienced ‚Impro-actress‘, and Reinhold Wandel from the DAAD Freundeskreis Berlin. Thorsten Less, a professional ‚impro coach‘ was in charge of the second day. At the beginning the focus was put on warming-up activities, the expression of emotions and short/basic interactive scenes. On Sunday , after an introduction into ‚status‘ and ‚genre‘, the establishing and acting out of proper scenes was at the centre of ‚working on the stage‘.
The nine participants were thrilled by the atmosphere and by the activities offered at this workshop and, so they say, would like to continue practising their improvisational skills at further workshops.