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#444127 - 08/12/13 06:33 PM Zany idea worth considering
Magellan Offline
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Improv classes!

Started taking these again about 5 months ago, and have been mostly been enjoying the experience.

Now that I've been doing it for a while, I have decided to dedicate myself to just being a part of improv. I'm noticing quite a few remarkable changes in how I think and how I behave around others. I can attribute much of the change to the exposure to improv.

To those who don't know - improv acting is all improvisational - no script, no direction. Just a suggestion offered, and a few simple rules to follow, and you're off and running, improvising!

The few simple rules for improv:

1. Stay focused on the present moment
2. Make your partner look good
3. Say "yes" to what is offered to you
4. Create and respond without expecting an outcome
5. Have fun (play)
6. Make mistakes - PLEASE!
7. Follow your heart (be emotionally aware)

There are a few more, but these 7 right here are the guidelines of improv. They're also quite awesome for general practice in life. I've taken quite a lot to it, because much of it applies to practicing Buddhism as well.

I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to try something different.


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#444131 - 08/12/13 07:06 PM ! [Re: Magellan]
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Edited by Smalltown80sBoy (02/28/14 09:19 PM)

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#444172 - 08/13/13 02:57 AM Re: Zany idea worth considering [Re: Magellan]
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I love acting - but hate improv.

That was the first tool in my healing emotionally - learning to express others' emotions led to being willing to start feeling my own again.

But I needed the safety of a script. I needed to know what to expect and how I should react.

Now I have gone several steps further and also write scripts and direct. I guess I have control issues!

Interesting sidebar - in my last production, I had a boy with Tourette's syndrome. He was a talented actor - and amazingly - his tics did not show up when he was acting. It was a very morale - boosting experience for him.

He and I still find improv scary - too unpredictable - though it apparently works for others - like you.

Lee



Edited by traveler (08/13/13 02:58 AM)
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#444173 - 08/13/13 03:03 AM Re: Zany idea worth considering [Re: Magellan]
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Registered: 09/27/03
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Originally Posted By: Magellan
1. Stay focused on the present moment
2. Make your partner look good
3. Say "yes" to what is offered to you
4. Create and respond without expecting an outcome
5. Have fun (play)
6. Make mistakes - PLEASE!
7. Follow your heart (be emotionally aware)


great "to do" list.
i have been a member of many bands throughout the last 45 years of musicianship, and those ARE the rules of successful jam sessions and songwriting teams.

just never seen them laid out so clear before.
they would look perfect on the rehearsal room wall.
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