On Building and Using the Where "Many actors find it difficult to "reach beyond their noses" and must be freed for a wider physical relationship with the environment." Improvisation for the Theater Most modern improv practice puts very little emphasis on the Where and it is probably the most valuable [...]
Intuition vs. Intellect: A discussion of Yes, And... & More Improv rules like Yes, and... and Make Your Partner Look Good, makes for some wonderful improvisational moments, but is limited. The dimension of Space is often left out and the connection between players is often intellectual (from the head). Having a good [...]
Making the Invisible Visible This is a very important exercise. Space is the most neglected aspect in Improvisation. I stress it, because beyond seeing, it requires strong focus and goes a long way to create a compelling stage reality. In this video, I demonstrate and also coach students new to [...]
Making the Invisible, Visible This is the first attempt with Difficulty with a Small Object. The group is new to this and we will return to this later when the group has had more time with Space to see the difference. I watch for focus on the problem and coach to [...]
High energy warm-up Play for fun and also to get everyone used to seeing and using space objects. The fun is as important as the developing skill. But don't make any recreational game into a "lesson". It spoils the fun.
Part of a Whole: Activity (WHAT) "Show, don't tell." "See what's going on and join in." "Become part of the whole!" As Viola says in the book, this group interaction should create flow and energy. Repeat the game until this takes place. Joining in with fun and gusto sets the tone [...]
Keep the Object in space Using slips of paper, as Viola suggests in the book, is to keep students from pre-planning (playwriting) Audience Players will see the difference In the evaluation you ask players was the object in the space or in your head? Audience, do you agree? [...]
Keep the ball in space Space objects is not pantomime (creating the illusion of objects) but the actual use of space as substance. Many people make the mistake of equating the two. Having been a professional mime for over 12 years before encountering Viola, I learned the difference quickly. (See [...]