Time & Location
Jul 02, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT+5:30
New Delhi, Lower Ground, Floor, Plot No. 206, R-Block, Pocket R, DDA Site 1, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110060, India
About the event
Kaivalya Plays presents
A2 IMPROV THEATRE COURSE
(In-Person in Central Delhi)
A 6-week in-person improv theatre course conducted on Saturday evenings. Suited for improvisers, actors, performers, creative professionals and anyone else with prior improv experience looking to expand their skills.
Starts on Saturday 2nd July and runs for 6 more Saturdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm on each day. On the 6th session, you will perform a 60-min improv show for friends and family.
This course takes place at The Corner, New Rajendra Nagar. (Find it on Google Maps here).
Course Fees: INR 8000/- for the full course of six sessions.
- 15% concessionary discount for students, unwaged and financially challenged - use code KPCONCESSION
- 20% early bird discount for purchases made before 26th June 2022 – use code KPEARLYBIRDA2
ABOUT THE COURSE
This is an advanced-level course for improvisers with prior experience. Students will play a variety of exercises and games, many developed by Viola Spolin and Del Close. These exercises and games train the analytical side of the brain to focus on goals, freeing the creative side and silencing the negative thoughts that can make us freeze in performance (or in life, for that matter). Students will also be introduced to the long-form format of the Harold and musical improvisation. At the end of this course, you will be able to participate and create your own short-form improv shows, online or in-person as well as get started with long-form improv shows.
SESSIONS & SCHEDULE
July 2nd 2022 | Session 1 - Spaces & Objects
Start by manipulating negative space into imaginary props, costumes, and set pieces that help create the world the scenes inhabit. By existing in our environments, we uncover details that can inspire us and lead to powerful discoveries about our characters and the environment. Concentration on object work provides our scene partners similar inspiration about the relationship our characters are in, their character’s relationship to us, their relationship to the environment, and their own ability to exist in the world.
July 9th | Session 2 - Conflicts & Escalation
Improvisers understand that arguing on stage accomplishes little but it is important to explore other conflicts, such as internal conflicts, or conflicts with nature. Making the conflict bigger is a way to make the scene better but raising the stakes does not have to be a sledgehammer, it can be subtle.
July 16th | Session 3 - Relationships & Patterns
The improviser that can listen and use patterns that have developed in a scene can elicit a reaction from an audience that is far more satisfying than the laughs that come from a few jokes. Learn to make connection will allow improvisers to discover different levels of meanings to ideas and will begin the process of engendering a “group mind.”
July 23rd | Session 4 - The Harold
Our first session on long-form explores what is called the “ultimate in improvisation”, the Harold. Or as Del Close describes it, “The Harold is like the space shuttle, incorporating all of the developments and discoveries that have gone before it into one new, superior design.”
July 30th 2022 | Session 5 - Musical Improv
This session will help you find your voice and the confidence to turn it into a song. Here, we introduce the basic mechanics of songwriting; melody, dynamics, rhyme and song structure. This session will use the power of solid improv fundamentals to help you heighten the stakes of your scene-work and turn your improv scene into a musical number.
August 6th 2022 | Session 6 - Student Showcase
This will be a private student showcase for friends and family, with notes and feedback on the performance.
OUR IMPROV TRAINING LEVELS
- Improv A1 Breakthrough: 8-12 hours
- Improv A2 Horizon: 12-18 hours
- Improv B1 Threshold: 16-20 hours
- Improv B2 Vantage: 16-20 hours
- Improv C1 Proficiency: 20-30 hours
- Improv C2 Mastery: 20-30 hours
Improv A-Level - Objective: you can perform in an improv show.
Improv B-Level - You can perform in an improv show, run your own team and build a set.
Improv C-Level - You can perform, run a team, build a show and teach others.
ABOUT KAIVALYA PLAYS
Kaivalya Plays is an Indian performing arts and production organization, led by Varoon P. Anand as Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh Nijjer as General Manager. Their artistic training is grounded in spontaneous improvisation, lying at the intersection of short-form improvisations (for performances and workshop) and applied improvisation (with a focus on mental healthcare, business, education, training). Their improv group CueLess improv was one of Delhi's first improv teams and became the training ground for a generation of improv performers and heads of new teams. Kaivalya Plays' original play 'Unravel' uses improvisational theatre techniques to drive conversations about mental health. Their innovative use of the improv methodology spans different sectors – driving safety conversations in the performing arts, expanding mental health dialogue through their 'Improv for Wellness' program, fostering a global community with their 'Open Space' improv jam, supporting foreign language learning with their 'Improv for Languages' programs in Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi as well as furthering improv as an artform with the multilingual 'India Improv Ensemble' and 'India Improv Sxene' that puts the spotlight on the Indian improvisational theatre community. They are committed to finding new formats and applications to make improv accessible and available to a wider audience.
This ticket allows you access to the in-person A2 improv theatre course.