International Improv workshop: “Improvise with empathy” i.s.m. Fameus & OPENDOEK
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another's position. In improvisation, there is a tendency for actors to develop tunnel vision: we focus on the laughter, the game, the narrative, the show value at the expense of the moment and the other person.
Keith Johnstone’s LifeGame teaches us to honour the guest’s life above all other goals during the performance. It is a leap of faith that requires us to exercise our empathy towards another human being while hoping that this process will create a meaningful show.
Experiencing that approach is liberating because it frees us of the need to perform and shows us the value of being present and putting ourselves and our egos out of the way. Exercising our empathy teaches us to be more truthful, to care for our partners, for the audience, for the staff, for the characters we represent and ultimately for ourselves.
By letting go of the goal of performing and focusing on the goal of caring, we become better performers.
This workshop is not a LifeGame workshop but is inspired by LifeGame to explore all the ways that our empathy can be exercised on stage in the context of a show.
Wear loose clothes. Bring a bottle of water with you. Lunch is not provided. Participants will have free access to the performance of the LifeGame © show on Saturday evening, 5 october at 9 pm (Zaal Zirkus)!