In this class, after the warm up, we started off with doing a bunch of solo initiations.
The aim of these was to make physical, emotional and spatial choices, and to mix them up as much as possible, so that whenever Megan would say “switch”, the person on stage would make a new initiation, with a new physical choice, a new emotional choice, and in a new part of the stage.
This exercise forced us to come up with something interesting, to use the whole stage, and to push our own mental boundaries.
As Susan Messing says, we are only limited by our lack of imagination and our failure to commit.
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I really cannot convey how much I am enjoying it out here. There is so much that is thrilling me, and it is nuanced by bits that I don’t understand, some bits that make me think, yeah, well maybe, and then those bits that make me just go, this is the best thing since the bread knife (way better than sliced bread in my opinion).
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Yesterday I had my first improv class of the whole trip. And what a way to start.
Over the next 12 weeks I am taking a phenomenal amount of classes: 40 hours this coming week, and my first day of no classes is not until September – although I may book something in for then by then… I am doing writing and long form classes at Second City and The iO, the two main schools in Chicago, I am also doing most of the program at ComedySportz, a school that concentrates on short form games, and also the first two levels and possibly their intensive Fall course at the Annoyance Theatre.
The first of all these classes was with Megan Johns, at the Annoyance. Megan herself is a bubbly and bouncy individual, with the energy and focus of a flight of swallows over a summer meadow, and there will be 10 of us in the class when everyone turns up. The room itself is in a slightly rundown part of town, opposite a very grand looking building, and is fairly basic – carpet on the floor, very little sound leakage, a good size, it does the job.
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