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About The Event

The Improvidence launches the first edition of the « Lyon Improv Fest » !
May 5 – 12

The LIF is the very first international improv festival in Lyon. We are proud to welcome renowned international guests we love and have been following for years. The LIF in one of the largest improv events in France. 300+ improvisers, 20 workshops, 15 international guest, 50 shows. It is the very first festival bringing together so many different improv trends. Choose your own path, register for workshops or apply with your own shows.

This festival is your festival !
Improvise Lyon.

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From May 05 to 12 2018
THE LYON IMPROV FEST

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Workshops

Lyon Improv Fest aims to be a great celebration of international improv. A unique occasion to meet some of the most famous improvisers you already heard about, An amazing week to attend intensive workshops with your improv stars! 50+ workshops in one week !

What a fabulous cast! We are already excited to welcome their amazing shows every night.

Improvidence Theatre is the France’s first improvised comedy theater.


Shows

You are an improviser and you have a show you want to perform at the Lyon Improv Fest ?

Schedule

  • May 05

    - Day 1

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    This workshop presents story structure based on Christopher Vogler's adaptation of "The Hero's Journey". The participants will discover how to use this structure in a manner adapted for an improvised long form narrative performance. This unique workshop provides tools for developing and applying the "Hero's Journey" in a flexible and free way that does not make the improvisation rigid and predictable. The Hero’s Journey is not a prison that restricts your improvisation, in understanding the movements of a story the Hero’s Journey liberates the creativity in any long form narrative performance.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    This workshop shows you how to create your scenes moment by moment, helping you to develop the skills for storytelling and strong characters. The scene work is the basic building block of any show. Lee helps you to recognize bad habits in your improvisation and gives you the tools to get out of them, helping you break down storytelling to its simplest and driving you to make them as complex and colourful as your imagination lets you.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Too often improv feels like a chore, filled with right decisions and good and bad choices. In this session with Jill Bernard, participants will learn the joy and success that follows doing exactly what tickles them.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "An pure Omar workshop. Omar Argentino Galvan shares his particular and evolving work always researching dramaturgic paths and performing solutions not generally explored in improv. The poetic movement. The magic realism as an excuse and inspiration to learn and generate new shows. Ghosts, the non-living character, the use of empty space, reality planes, imaginary object 2.0 and sound painting strokes. A key workshop to discover and understand a Latin American style of improvisation as a theatrical expression."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Appropriate for Improvisers with at least 2 years of experience up to professional level. This workshop will introduce you to your brain and how it works to serve (and also paralyze) you while you’re doing Improv Scenes. You will learn how to recognize the sensations that go along with being connected or disconnected from your scene partner or yourself (and your architect brain) so that you can be more fully present, productive and in service to each moment that you find yourself on stage improvising. You are an actor, director & playwright when you improvise long form, this workshop will help you feel the integration of ALL of those sensibilities in order to play both the truth and the comedy of moments as you improvise."

  • May 06

    - Day 2

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "LightboX is an innovative format created by Franck BuzZ where lighting and video atmospheres are the starting point of each new scene. The LightboX has been played in 10 differents countries and with a lot of international famous improvisers : Patti Stiles, Joe Bill, Inbal Lori, Felipe Ortiz, Susan Messing ... In this workshop, discover how light can become your partner on stage and how you can create strong and powerful pictures to release your creativity and playfulness. Inspired by the « Lightbox » format, you will play in several lighting and video atmospheres to enter in a new universe of fantasy and poetry. Unique experience ! Guaranteed fun !! (videos of LightboX shows and workshops : https://vimeo.com/album/4163122 )"

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    The horror scenario of many improvisers: ¨let's see a solo scene¨ Actually it is not really that hard to play a scene just by yourself. Felipe Ortiz will help the participants of his workshop to bring solo-scenes to the stage by using physical work, details and being aware of your body. You will explore different ways for being able to travel inside your imagination and visualize for the audience and suddenly find yourself doing whole scenes without any pressure.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Joe Bill will share with you some tools that will help you make powerful choices in any context in which you find yourself improvising. The first tools for getting yourself into a place of vitality for yourself and connectedness with your scene partners. Then you'll get tools to forward scenes, games & stories all the way through to an ending that is compelling for both you and your audience. This workshop will also include some individual and group diagnostic and feedback, especially around issues that are constraining you or putting you into your head."

  • May 07

    - Day 3

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Learn how to improvise sustained, improvised stories in any style or genre! This course focuses on the core elements that make San Francisco-style (Improv Playhouse, 3 For All, True Fiction Magazine, BATS, etc.) Long-Form successful—Ensemble, Narrative, Acting, and Genres/Characters/Wheres. This intensive is for both improvisers with previous experience who want to step up to the next level, and for improvisers who are just starting to do long-form stories. (Warning: this course may give you the desire to do long-form improv for the rest of your life).

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "What ever you or the scene needs is present on stage right now. As improvisers our imagination is working extra hours. Is not just about what we say or who we play, it’s also about where we are, what else is around us and how can we use it. This workshop will explore the ways to imagine and create the world you’re in. It will shift your focus into a wider perspective allowing you to be more spacious, detailed and inspired. See where you are and use it for the best of the scene!"

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Our body knows. Every improviser has already felt this inner impulse pushing you on stage because it's «now». And we also know this little voice in our brain telling us just after the impulse: «are you sure ? is it a good idea ?». Inspired by techniques of other disciplines including dance, american native clowning, breathing and meditation, martial arts, Franck Buzz will help you connect more deeply with your body. You will learn to recognize these inner impulses and listen to them, trusting yourself, here and now. In that way, you will shut off your « clever » brain, releasing your spontaneity to play organically with more love and honesty. Are you ready to intuitively play impro with eyes closed (literally) ?"

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Not a traditional voice class, instead, we want to look at how you as a human being can create art that reflects what you want to say to the world. Of course we can do improv scenes about anything, but a playwright is able to choose their subject. This class guides you to examine what you really would like to improvise about. "

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Through spontaneity games, impro exercises, and specific movement techniques, you will find how to discover and create imaginary objects and spaces and how to connect your imagination with your body taking advantage of your possibilities and knowing your limits. In this workshop, the participants will be trained to allow their body to surprise them, taking them to unexpected places and circumstances, how to interact with imaginary spaces and objects, (they can be your best friend but also your worst enemy), this will be an important tool to avoid actor’s blockages and a limitless source of creativity and inspiration."

  • May 08

    - Day 4

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "A sculptor starts to work on a big piece of wood, and a little kid is standing next to him, watching him work. After a while, the sculptor drops his tools on the floor, and walks back a little, to look at his sculpture. The kid does the same and discovers that the sculpture is actually his own face! He looks at the artist, and says, surprised: “Hey, how did you know I was in there?”. Why not become this sculptor and surprise the audience by revealing to them what is already there, in front of them, in between us? What if the stories we were about to tell were already written within us?"

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Characters should be familiar and yet new. How do we do this? Lee White guides you through simple character creation and helps maintain and expand these characters for both long and short form. Strong characters that make your audience fall in love with them and come back over and over. Looking at the choices we make as improvisers and how to make better, stronger choices to develop great characters for the stories you want to tell.

  • May 09

    - Day 5

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "A sculptor starts to work on a big piece of wood, and a little kid is standing next to him, watching him work. After a while, the sculptor drops his tools on the floor, and walks back a little, to look at his sculpture. The kid does the same and discovers that the sculpture is actually his own face! He looks at the artist, and says, surprised: “Hey, how did you know I was in there?”. Why not become this sculptor and surprise the audience by revealing to them what is already there, in front of them, in between us? What if the stories we were about to tell were already written within us?" - for improvisers who are already familiar with the Slow technique

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Group Pretty: Table Manners: 6 ways to create sustainable characters: Put up or shut up: Get reamed out and picked apart in a firework of personal feedback by two masters of improvisation. This workshop is for experienced improvisers who have been performing regularly for at least a couple of years."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Many of the genres we perform have characters that were created to reflect society of the time. Even if the author set the story in a different time, the actions or behaviours of the characters represented the social sensibility of the reader. These acceptable social rules were heavily categorised into male and female behaviour. Today’s world is different. Our social dynamics and ‘rules’ of engagement encompass more freedom then rules of the past yet our storytelling is still shackled to historical roles. For example, if we continue to categorise behaviour by gender, in reflection of today’s world, are we not perpetuating a form of sexism? Do the actions need to be linked to the gender for the story to be told? Do the stories remain genre 'true' regardless of ‘gender’ casting? By questioning, challenging and exploring the purpose of the character in the story and removing the gender assumptions we break open new levels of impro play and possibilities. The effects on the audience are really quite interesting."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your improv to the next level, this series of workshops will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative, singing songs that matter, lyrics and choreography. No previous experience of musicals required, just bring your heart and soul! "

  • May 10

    - Day 6

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Improvisation - like any other story telling art - uses the element of time, and does with it a variety of many cool things. It allows us to jump from one time to another,to be in two different times simultaneously, to slow or fast-forward the reality, to jump from the past to the future and much more! This intensive workshop it will take us from being totally present in the moment to time-traveling in an epic way, fast and funny way, with cinematic and theatrical qualities.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "We'll work on how to go deeper and deeper with our listening skills, in order to play more emotional and more organic scenes. All the exercises of this workshop will follow the metaphor of the mirror: a tool that will help us to respect and give value to the offers of our partner. In order to discover impro, more than create it. It will be fun and emotional, intense and poetic! "

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    We spend too much time on Man vs. Man. What other conflicts are there? Man vs. Nature, Man vs.Society, Man vs. Himself, etc. In this workshop we will do some scene stwhat we can do besides bicker with each other.

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "We live in a complex, complicated and extraordinary world. Humans are capable of the most amazing heroic and horrific actions. What one person may see as rational and necessary another sees as an act of prejudice or violence. Our values, views, morality and beliefs colour our interpretation. Improvisational theatre can provoke the audience to question their own beliefs by shining a light on stories from a different point of view. Where the unimaginable becomes understandable and the wrong may seem right.Improvisers are often afraid to engage in the stories that reflect life around us. This workshop challenges participants to play scenes based on the dark and light of humanity. Please note: this workshop uses subject material and language that may be confronting and difficult for some people."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your improv to the next level, this series of workshops will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative, singing songs that matter, lyrics and choreography. No previous experience of musicals required, just bring your heart and soul! "

  • May 11

    - Day 7

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "This workshop aims at releasing your physical creative power. Your body is much more smarter than your brains and it's an open book worth to be read. Let's leave our brains backstage and follow our animal instincts. Listen to our bodies and our senses. Learn to be present from the 4 elementary animals: The Monkey (Earth): Body Creativity The Tiger (Fire): Release the Power The Shark (Water): the 6th Sense The Dragon (Air) : The Magic Skills and tools: physicality,creative work-out, Lecoq technique."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Longform improvised musicals are one of the most intense, joyful and brave formats for an improviser. If you want to take your improv to the next level, this series of workshops will focus on intense listening, commitment and support as well as some technical skills useful for performing improvised musicals such as song structures and big group numbers. We will also look at handling narrative, singing songs that matter, lyrics and choreography. No previous experience of musicals required, just bring your heart and soul! "

  • May 12

    - Day 8

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    Discover the power that you get as an improviser when you play characters who actually get along with the other characters in the scene. Most improvisers have heard of playing “happy/healthy”, but in my experience less than 5% of improvisers in the world actually know how to do this. Is there really a need for conflict and trouble between the characters in scenes? By getting along and liking each other, a whole new world of conflict-free detail opens up. You give yourself and your partners the room to be anyone, do anything and be anywhere. This is a powerful and transformative approach that will change your improv for good!

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Are you afraid of the void, the slow, the silent and the unexpected? We’re going to explore global listening and learn how to reveal the magic scenes hidden inside you. We´ll learn to trust silence, our bodies, the environment and our partners to build our own truthful stories And share them to the world. Let's wait and not run, let's read the scenes rather than try to write them. Don´t give the audience what your fear thinks they want, give them what you are. Your pure honest self in the moment. Skills and Tools: Global Listening, Slow improv, physicality."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Saying "Yes And" without words is a pleasure. More deeply, we will work on an organic chain of action/reaction, without words. Learning to trust silence and to respect the silence of my partner. Trying not to fill the silence but to let us become full from it."

  • 11:00 - 17:00
    "Improvisers who inspire, surprise and delight their partners are the most fun to play with. How do they do this magic? This workshop explores exercises and techniques to help you delight, surprise and inspire your partner. How to change them, affect them and watch them light up!"

 

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