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Improvisation theatre, improv theatre, or simply improv, is a form of theatre that is improvised: none of the presented scenes are previously rehearsed. This is the main difference from classical theatre.
Often the actors receive a suggestion from the audience, or even repeatedly receive input during a scene. These suggestions serve as a leitmotif or impulse generator for the spontaneously emerging scenes. Improv theatre is frequently accompanied by music. The music is also improvised and intimately interwoven with the stage performance.
The stories arise from the actors’ mutual inspiration. Preplanned acting gives way to the pure, spontaneous interplay of action and reaction between the actors.
There is a distinction between short and long forms in improvisational theatre. The short forms consist of scenes that only take a few minutes, stand on their own, or that are connected by an overarching thematic motif, but not connected to each other.
There are many concepts for these short forms. In "theatre sports" teams of actors encounter each other and vie for the favour of the audience. There is also the Maestro improv format, which determines the best actor of the evening. There are theatre sports teams all over the world, and theatre makers have developed similar theatrical concepts, and there are crossovers. The term “theatersport” is a non-registered trademark.
The short forms dominate the "games" most of the time, which often leads to a comical interpretation of improv theatre. While this is often the case, is does not have to be. With the improvised long forms, however, the serious scenes tend to dominate, but comic elements may also be used.
A format called "Harold" takes up a topic suggestion from the audience and the actors create a kind of closely interwoven scenic collage out of various aspects of this topic, with partially-developed characters and psychological depth.
Another long form is the Improv murder mystery, using various formats, which differ in particular due to audience participation.
There is also biography theatre. An invited guest talks about his life. This story is improvised at the same time. With Improv theatre this tends more to be entertaining, and in playback theatre to be more psychologizing.
Good and interesting Improv stories emerge if the actors bear in mind certain principles. These include the often touted "joy in failure", playing in the here and now, and acting using one’s own state.
Since this kind of acting also enables a special type of open communication, many actors see their passion for improv theatre as more than just a kind of recreation, but much more as the acting out of an inner attitude to life. This close association with one’s own philosophy of life differs perhaps from classical theatre.
Improv GamesShow all Improv Games (116) # Talking 9 # Switches 13 # Letter Games 4 # Dialogue Form 7 # Emotion Games 4 # Objects 4 # Chain Games 9 # Physical Contact 1 # Music Games 11 # Guessing Games 3 # Speech 8 # Direction Games 3 # Replay 10 # In Black and White 3 # Slapstick-Bustle-Action 3 # Other 2 # Dubbing 3 # Audience on stage 2 # Status Games 0 Living Scenery Replay of the high arts Dr. Know-It-All Word replay Color Change Radio Mix Serenade Actor’s Nightmare Genre replay Buzz Rollback Thing on Thing The Excuse Pecking Order Mousetraps Job Center Puppets Emotional replay People Watching Family Dinner Chorus groove From the viewpoint of Klapphörnchen Reclamation Three Rules Monkey in the Middle Blindline Three Way Dubbing Avoid a letter Poets with Feeling That sounds like a song
Here you can find a collection of improv games. This collection consists of games that can be performed in a show in front of an audience. Each of them can be announced in advance, or they can be played unannounced ...
Improv ExercisesShow all Improv Exercises (61) # Action Reaction 2 # Accepting 11 # Breathing 0 # Expression 2 # Character 5 # Storytelling 10 # Focus 1 # Memory 1 # Emotions 0 # Group 7 # Impulse 2 # Multitasking 1 # Music and Singing 1 # Pairs 0 # Pantomime 1 # Rhyming 2 # Space 0 # Speed 7 # Other 5 # Status 2 # Dancing - Choreography 0 # Trust 1 # Perception 3 # Physicalness - Movement 2 # Speech 3 # Presence 1 # Heighten 0 # Finding Game 2 # Listening 4 # Relationship 0 # concentration 1 # Association 9 Dissociation Sex with me... Cut and paste Gentle manipulation - dressage Yes, and because Follow the king Throwing light Seven Things Country saying He said, she said Walking with speed levels Character exercise (character switch) I got a better idea! Big Booty The Conscience Playback Show Step by step Conducted Story
Here you can find a collection of exercises for improv theatre. These exercises are intended to train specific aspects and skills in a targeted manner. The transition from exercises to games is fluid. What is still an exercise for one, ...
Warm-upsShow all Warm-ups (70) ZoomSchwatzMakeafakeliano Zip Zap Zoop Seven Things Rebrand things rhythm exercises Flock Dance Category Die Kennedy Yes, let's Ten Fingers Peculiar neighbor Molecules Digits Hand snake Blinking place change Names - Go and clap Johannes Clap Focus Emotional Fruit Salad Group Stop Nightingale Jumpers Kitty wants a corner Machine King of Siam Free Association Forming Molecules Fred Schneider House - residents - flood Playback Show Endless snake Truth and lie You Be my fan Circle Up Quick Death Four Corners Block of ice Mr. Hit me Call and Reply touch palms increase Cross Circle The monster Sword of samurai Blind Stalker Barney What is a what? Hey and Ho Duck, duck, goose
Before doing sports, you warm up. Every child knows that. Since theatre is also a form of physical work, one should warm up a bit before starting the actual exercises. On the one hand you can prepare yourself physically and ...