Dan Richter - Improtheater und Improvisation
Gedanken zu Theorie und Praxis des Improvisationstheaters. Überlegungen zu
Improvisation und Kreativität. Beobachtungen aus Lehre und Aufführung.

Improshows in Berlin/Brandenburg

28. Juli 2015

TJ & Dave - excerpt II

Chapter 4

"Consider your goals in improvisation and find people interested in aiming for that same place. (…) There are people who don't care to do the type of improvisation you're interested in. Forget them." (David, 32)

"There are times we come across people who just can't be reached. If we speak to someone and explain how what they did destroyed the show, they still don't get that. (…) If they can't recognize that their selfish desire for one laugh destroyed something that everyone else built, then I don't think they get anything at all. (…) You are better off without those people." (TJ, 33)

"If we play with a sense of participatory feeling when we're off to the sides, we will be much more likely to be present for a timely edit. (…) We don't have to worry about how to enter that scene, because mentally we're already in it." (David, 34)

Chapter 5

"Our stage partners provide all we need. And their faces, especially the eyes, are the first place to look." (TJ & Dave, 37)

"The way [TJ] behaves and what he says in front of me tells me about the nature of our relationship." (David, 37)

"A line is not delivered until it is received." (Del Close, according to David, 39)

"We won't listen if we're afraid.
We won't listen if we think we know how the scene is going to go.
We won't listen if we're thinking about what funny thing we're going to say or do.
We won't listen if there are too many bees in the room." (TJ & Dave, 41)

"David says you can improve your memory by paying attention to the people you speak with, by caring enough to be concerned with what they are saying, and not merely waiting until you can talk about yourself again. (…) TJ helps his memory through specifity and emotional touch pints." (TJ & Dave, 43)

"Listening is all there is." (TJ & Dave, 44)

26. Juli 2015

TJ & Dave: Improvisation at the speed of life excerpt I

TJ & Dave - Improvisation at the speed of life - excerpt 1


"Improvisation doesn't mean we are unprepared. (…) The best way to prepare for improvisation is to experience life. And think: Think of everything. What do you think about this particular event? This particular point in history? This particular school in history? This particular school of thought? (…) Thought is part of the preparation." (David, xii)

Chapter 1

"[When a Harold improvisation happened seamlessly, effortlessly] we used to say: 'Harold was here tonight.' (…) something other than us was at work." (David, 8)

"[The Chicago improvisers] were also some of the sweetest, most generous people you could meet, not only with their talent, but their time, their knowledge and their friendship." (TJ, 12)

Chapter 2

"TJ, the guy who has trouble with balance and vertigo (…) stood at the edge of a long fall. During the scene but sotto voce between us, I asked 'What are you doing out here?' He (…) said: 'This is where the scene is.'" (David, 17)

"The structure of our show was being revealed, little by little, as we went along. These were not rules we came up with, nor are they rules we follow. They are just patterns we discovered as we worked together." (David, 21)

"Since our first show in 2002 (…) we simply agreed not to stop yet. We promised each other that the night we get it right: We quit." (TJ, 22)

Chapter 3
"An improviser needs to read and think. Our reactions and thoughts will be, must be colored by our thoughts." (David, 27)

"Salinger's characters reveal so much about the characters, relationships and location without a great deal of backstory. (…) For instance, the characters speak the way only siblings would speak - therefore they must be siblings. The exposition is understood without having to be stated." (David, 27)

5. Juli 2015

Wer freut sich auf den Winter?

37 ° Celsius in Berlin. Auf den Bühnen dieser Stadt ist es selten kühler. Gibt es Improspieler, die in dieser Situation eine Winter-Szene improvisieren oder überhaupt einen Character, der friert?
Es gibt überhaupt viel zu wenig Kälte-Szenen auf der Bühne, wahrscheinlich weil es dort tendenziell immer ein bisschen zu warm ist und die Assoziation einfach nicht nahe liegt.