Improv school

IMPROV SCHOOL

We are so glad that we can see you in real life again! Being able to work again! Not yet in our class rooms at ETI (they will remain empty), but outside, in the outdoors. We will look for fitting places in our beautiful city and play there with you. With distance, fun and joy for life. Indoors, we will continue from our living rooms: we have again asked colleagues from all over the world to give you impro classes via zoom. Our summer classes will start at the end of June. More info coming soon.

Improv is good for your heart, risible muscle and all senses. It sharpens your perception and respect. It is about playing, following, leading, letting go and fooling around. Improv gives energy, makes you feel good and it makes you smart.

Summer party on 16 June, 3:30 pm at the Ratibor
Play and eat
Come around! We're looking forward to you!

Levels

When you decide to get deeper into improvising after a taster weekend, you can start as a Beginner and continue as an Advanced. We recommend two Beginner's and two Advanced classes before moving on to the Stage Class. But ultimately, its your decision for how long you want to participate in each level. Please notice, that you can attend Stage Class only once. If you want to continue improvising after Stage Class the Impro4ever-Classes with different improv topics are open to you. At the Impro Sessions you have the chance to perform in front of the audience. Maybe you also find companions at the workshops to find your own improv ensemble ... If you are already playing in an improv group but still want to improve your skills, just take part in our Performer Classes.

No matter what level you are improvising in, we look forward to you and wish you a lot of joy, fun and courage!

Taster Weekends

Class description

Curious to see what improv's all about? Try it! If you want, you can continue with a beginner's class afterwards.

20.02. + 21.02.2021 English Taster weekend 20./21.02. with Lee
with Lee
Saturday + Sunday, 20. + 21.02.2021
13:00 – 17:00 pm
EUR 98,00
sign in until February 10th 2021
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

The class is carried out in compliance with the currently applicable hygiene and distance rules (ventilation, distance, number of participants per square meter of room size, disinfection, ...). Please also take care of it yourself. Should the legal provisions change during the class, we will respond, e.g. also with a switch to online at lockdown. We have had many and good experiences with playing via zoom since March, it is different but also very good! Please read through our registration conditions Thank you.

If you've always wanted to try out improvisation, then this Taster class is a good start. Afterwards, you can continue with a beginners class.

Beginners

Class description

After participating in a Taster Weekend (required), you're learning the basic skills of good improvisation. Each instructor defines those a little different, but we all agree that different ideas are the salt in the improv-soup. Playfulness, courage and attentiveness are the most important ingredients. We recommend two consecutive classes in the beginner's level, before you move forward to the next level. Because practice makes perfect.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Beginners / Advanced

Class description

These mixed courses are for both absolute beginners and experienced students. After all, it’s all about playing with each other!
If this is your first time improvising, let the buffs pull you along and show you the ropes. As for all you experienced players - you’ll benefit from remembering the basics of improv, and the ‘newbies' might even breathe some new life into your performance! Have fun!

06.01. - 24.02.2021 English Class Wednesday Beginners/Advanced with Inbal
with Inbal
Wednesdays, 06.01. - 24.02.2021
19.30 - 22.00 Uhr
€ 189,-
sign in until December 27th 2020
Location: Europäisches Theaterinstitut (ETI), Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin

Required is participation of a Taster Weekend in advance.

The class is carried out in compliance with the currently applicable hygiene and distance rules (ventilation, distance, number of participants per square meter of room size, disinfection, ...). Please also take care of it yourself. Should the legal provisions change during the class, we will respond, e.g. also with a switch to online at lockdown. We have had many and good experiences with playing via zoom since March, it is different but also very good! Please read through our registration conditions Thank you!

Advanced

Class Description

You understood the improv-basics, laughed a lot and sometimes quarreled with yourself. You are now standing at the threshold to the next step. And that is continuous rehearsing. In some (marked) courses of this level there is an improv musician teaching every now and then, that you can learn how music guides you through a scene. Practice in this level as long as you need to feel ready for Stage Class.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Stage Class

Class description

On the last workshop day the whole class plays a show at the Ratibor Theater supported by their instructor. That's why in class you intensively practise acting and editing techniques, communication with the audience, and how you can support the other performers from off-stage. After the show there will be a final feedback meeting. And then you are ready for the next level: Impro4ever. 

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Impro4ever

Class description

The motto for this level is: do what interests you, what takes you further and makes you happy. Acting, dramaturgy, long form ... Here you can dive deeper into improv. Either you take long term classes over a few months or short courses on a special topic every once in a while. In some (marked) courses there will not always be an instructor around, because improv also is self-organisation. If you want to play: Impro-Sessions are open to all students of this level. The stage at Ratibor Theater is yours for this night. Enjoy!

 

04.01. - 22.02.2021 ONLINE English Class: Mondays 18:00 - 19:30 Impro4ever „Deep dream“ with Inbal
with Inbal
8x Mondays, 04.01. - 22.02.2021 from 18.00 - 19.30 (Berlin time)
Online
169 €
Max. 8 part.

Deep Dream
“Deep dream” is a format in which storytelling inspires sounds and movements that create worlds. The show is an imaginary border between sleep and wakefulness, where pictures appear and fade, stories born and develop, and the audience gets a peek at a fantasy led by charismatic storytelling.
The workshop will be focusing on the following tools:
• Storytelling in monologues
• Creating a space. Creating worlds.
• Working with personal dreams, fears and fantasies.
• Rhythm, intensity, beat in scene work.
• The relationship and balance between words and silence.
• An ensemble work that emphasizes the magic that improvisation has to offer.
• the freedom of the improviser to dream while creating.

04.01. - 22.02.2021 ONLINE English Class: Mondays 20:00 - 21:30 Impro4ever „Dark and uncomfortable scenes“ with Inbal
with Inbal
8x Mondays, 04.01.-22.02.2021
20:00 - 21:30 (Berlin time)
Online
169 €
Max. 8 part.

Dark and uncomfortable scenes
Impro can be funny, gagy and silly, and I love it for that.
but impro and comedy can also be thought provoking, emotionally teasing.
it can be a way for us to tell a story about life, humanity. society, politics and more.
in the two hours we have I would like us to experiment with dark and uncomfortable scenes. I want us to explore the potential that impro has as a critical, satiric, powerful tool. and I want to not to shy away from tough topics because good comedy needs to dill with this kind of content too.

05.01. - 23.02.2021 ONLINE English Class: Tuesdays 20:00 - 21:30 Impro4ever "Another look at narration" with Lee
with Lee
8x Tuesdays, 05.01. - 23.02.2021
20:00 - 21:30 (Berlin time)
Online
169 €
Max. 8 part.

We all narrate at some point. Seems easy enough but is it?
Let’s take a deeper look at this amazing theatrical tool. How to narrate and still share the inspiration/scenes with your partner. When to use narration to fill in what’s missing.
An intensive workshop designed for the improviser who wants to challenge their narration and listening skills. Study the balance of leading and following. These classes give us a great opportunity to explore and strengthen this muscle.

06.01. - 24.02.2021 English Class Wednesday Impro4ever „Getting Emotional“ with Lee
with Lee
Wednesdays, 06.01. - 24.02.2021
19:30 - 22:00 Uhr
189 €
sign in until December 27th 2020
Location: Popelbühne, Dunckerstraße 16, 10437 Berlin

Getting Emotional
Characters who are apathetic get an apathetic audience.
Getting emotional is something most of us try not to do in our daily lives. On stage emotions we express makes a huge impact on the audience and how they feel about the characters they watch. They can’t love a character who doesn’t show their heart.

This focused workshop dives into making a more emotional performance. Playing and balancing them with your scene partner. Discovering and stretching the emotional range you express. Work on the skills to keep your mind calm while your character's emotions take over.

The class is carried out in compliance with the currently applicable hygiene and distance rules (ventilation, distance, number of participants per square meter of room size, disinfection, ...). Please also take care of it yourself. Should the legal provisions change during the class, we will respond, e.g. also with a switch to online at lockdown. We have had many and good experiences with playing via zoom since March, it is different but also very good! Please read through our registration conditions Thank you!

11.01. - 16.01.2021 English ONLINE COMPACT Class (5 days à 2 hours) Impro4ever „Slow Ride“ with Lee
with Lee
Mon / Tue / Thu / Fr / Sat, 11.01.-16.01.2020
5 days à 2 hours from 17:00 - 19:00 Uhr (Berlin time)
Online
sign in until December 27th
140 €
Max. 8 part.

Slow Ride

So many things are swirling in our head while we’re trying to survive a scene. So much so, we often feel disconnected and realize it as soon as the scene is over. It’s all in YOUR head.
Take it easy.
Let’s slow down. Breathe. Stay calm.
Learn to better follow your partner and find a tempo and rhythm that leaves space an time for you, your partner and your audience.

Less is more.
We just have to train our brain to trust it.

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Performer

Class description

You have been playing in an improv-group for at least two years, getting continuous stage-experience outside of the improv school.
Now make yourself and your partners on stage the gift of further professional training. After all, it`s more fun to play with someone who is inspiring, precise and daring. If you feel that you could expand your limits, that it would be good to have a professional take a look at your improv skills and give you hints for your next steps, come on over: get new input and inspiration, enjoy to be the inspiration for others - welcome to the performer class!

Neue Kurse in Vorbereitung

Info

New courses start in January, March, May, after summer break and in October/November.
 
The following conditions apply for our courses.
The application conditions for festival courses and workshop trips you will find in the according description.
 
Vouchers for workshops you get here.
 
The current workshop dates are here available as download.