8 week beginners’ online embodied improvisation course. You might like to do one of the Letting Go of “Right” taster classes first ( https://playconnect.co.uk/product/letting-go-of-right/ ) but you don’t have to.
– 6-8pm BST Wednesdays 12 April – 31 May
– 2-4pm BST Mondays 17 April – 5 June
Max 12 people so everyone has plenty of time. Minimum 6 people.
£135 Early bird discount until 1st April – £115
When we let go of all our planning and thinking, we can enter into deep connection
– with ourselves
– with each other
– and with the moment.
And when we do that we step into the land of delightful surprise.
This is an improvisation course for complete beginners.
Anyone who wants to will do a show at the end but I’m much more interested in what improvisation can help you discover in yourself. It could be
– confidence and courage
– loosening up
– letting go
– being seen
– connecting with yourself physically
– making deeper connections with others
You don’t have to be a natural ‘performer.’
You don’t have to be clever or witty. I don’t teach that kind of improvisation. I’m much more interested in the magic of what happens between people.
If you’re nervous but feel like there’s something in it for you, that’s PERFECT! Fear in the absence of danger can show us where our treasure is buried – the parts of ourselves we lost track of along the way. I would love you to come. Though if you’re confident, that’s OK too. :-)
Your best gift is YOU and your willingness to show yourself.
Here’s what we’ll dive into during the eight weeks.
– We’ll explore how improvisation works.
– What helps scenes go well.
– Stepping boldly into the unknown
– Serving the scene not yourself
– Surrendering to our scene partners’ offers
– Letting go of our plans for what we thought would happen
– Discovering rather than inventing: Noticing what’s already happening and building on that
– Jumping first then justifying later
– Using the Body
A lot of improvisation – especially online – can involve too much talking. We’re not going to do that.
Instead of trying to ‘think of something’ and you’ll begin to listen to your body to discover what’s already happening.
Instead of being a ‘talking head’, you’ll practice inhabiting your body expressing yourself and being seen physically.
You’ll practice embodying characters – trying on someone different to you.
Real life applications: Body confidence, embodied awareness and self-expression.
* Fun, Laughter & Play!
Seriousness is often a way to hide. We’ll cultivate our sense of the ridiculous, not taking ourselves too seriously, letting go and having fun! That can be challenging if you’ve had a background of being serious and having all the answers. Think of like a muscle that might have got a bit stiff or tight. We will loosen it up.
Real life applications: Loosening our masks of seriousness and ‘knowing’. Having more fun!
We’ll have a Facebook or WhatsApp group to play in during the week with support, bonus fun and activities.
*Nerves & Hot Buttons
If you’re a nervous, overthinking or perfectionist then I love you! I totally get it. I was terrified of improvisation. We will specifically work with loosening up and managing nerves.
If you’re not from a playful background, it can feel scary because it’s part of you that you’ve not connected with for a while.
You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. But I will encourage you to stretch yourself outside your comfort zone. And we and everyone else will be there to encourage you.
Real life applications: Confidence, reconnecting with playfulness, presentation skills.
If you’d like to ask me anything, email me, Andy, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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