I recently performed in a mixed improv show where one player slapped another one during a scene. The slap was there for a reason relating to the scene and it was a hard slap. The kind of slap that took everyone out of the scene for a brief second and made me think “that seemed really hard.” The player who was slapped did in fact get slapped very hard and the slap took her completely out of the show. She managed very bravely to not show it to the audience but was absolutely destroyed by it and even felt the pain reverberate for days after. She did have a long talk with the player after who was surprised by her reaction. For the record, he had no negative intention and claimed that in his group they slap each other all the time.
During Impro Amsterdam 2015 I got a chance to interview Luisa Winkler the artistic director of Improtheaterfestival Wurzburg, Trent Pancy artistic director of Finland International Improv Festival and Anja Boorsma artistic director of Impro Amsterdam about the organization, challenges and uniqueness of their festivals. Want to organize your own improv festival? Or just curious about the ins and outs of your favourite festival? You can listen to an audio recording of the interview right here.
Improvisation is used a lot in making films and tv shows. What role does it play in cinema or television? And what to expect from the new film Another One Opens, which is completely improvised?
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