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Improvisation theatre, improv theatre, or simply improv, is a form of theatre that is improvised: none of the presented scenes are previously rehearsed. This is the main difference from classical theatre.
Often the actors receive a suggestion from the audience, or even repeatedly receive input during a scene. These suggestions serve as a leitmotif or impulse generator for the spontaneously emerging scenes. Improv theatre is frequently accompanied by music. The music is also improvised and intimately interwoven with the stage performance.
The stories arise from the actors’ mutual inspiration. Preplanned acting gives way to the pure, spontaneous interplay of action and reaction between the actors.
There is a distinction between short and long forms in improvisational theatre. The short forms consist of scenes that only take a few minutes, stand on their own, or that are connected by an overarching thematic motif, but not connected to each other.
There are many concepts for these short forms. In "theatre sports" teams of actors encounter each other and vie for the favour of the audience. There is also the Maestro improv format, which determines the best actor of the evening. There are theatre sports teams all over the world, and theatre makers have developed similar theatrical concepts, and there are crossovers. The term “theatersport” is a non-registered trademark.
The short forms dominate the "games" most of the time, which often leads to a comical interpretation of improv theatre. While this is often the case, is does not have to be. With the improvised long forms, however, the serious scenes tend to dominate, but comic elements may also be used.
A format called "Harold" takes up a topic suggestion from the audience and the actors create a kind of closely interwoven scenic collage out of various aspects of this topic, with partially-developed characters and psychological depth.
Another long form is the Improv murder mystery, using various formats, which differ in particular due to audience participation.
There is also biography theatre. An invited guest talks about his life. This story is improvised at the same time. With Improv theatre this tends more to be entertaining, and in playback theatre to be more psychologizing.
Good and interesting Improv stories emerge if the actors bear in mind certain principles. These include the often touted "joy in failure", playing in the here and now, and acting using one’s own state.
Since this kind of acting also enables a special type of open communication, many actors see their passion for improv theatre as more than just a kind of recreation, but much more as the acting out of an inner attitude to life. This close association with one’s own philosophy of life differs perhaps from classical theatre.
Show all Improv Games (114) # Talking 9 # Switches 12 # Letter Games 4 # Dialogue Form 7 # Emotion Games 4 # Objects 4 # Chain Games 9 # Physical Contact 1 # Music Games 11 # Guessing Games 2 # Speech 8 # Direction Games 2 # Replay 10 # In Black and White 3 # Slapstick-Bustle-Action 3 # Other 2 # Dubbing 3 # Audience on stage 2 # Status Games 0 Talking animals Klapphörnchen The hitch-hiker Potpourri Stage Directions Alliteration Anette, the nice one Backwards Interview Reclamation Buzz Worlds worst People Watching Hot Spot Poets with Feeling Whose line Prison visitor Talk at touch Emotional Workplace Mousetraps From the viewpoint of Orlando Alliteration Roller Coaster Quintet Avoid a letter Family Dinner Conducted Story Ballad singer Dubbed commercial Living Scenery Customer Service Rollback
Here you can find a collection of improv games. This collection consists of games that can be performed in a show in front of an audience. Each of them can be announced in advance, or they can be played unannounced ...
Show all Improv Exercises (57) # Action Reaction 2 # Accepting 10 # Breathing 0 # Expression 2 # Character 4 # Storytelling 9 # Focus 1 # Memory 1 # Emotions 0 # Group 7 # Impulse 2 # Multitasking 1 # Music and Singing 1 # Pairs 0 # Pantomime 1 # Rhyming 2 # Space 0 # Speed 7 # Other 5 # Status 1 # Dancing - Choreography 0 # Trust 1 # Perception 3 # Physicalness - Movement 2 # Speech 3 # Presence 1 # Heighten 0 # Finding Game 2 # Listening 4 # Relationship 0 # concentration 1 # Association 8 Traffic light Advance and Expand Storytelling with movements Sit, Stand, Lay One word story New Choice Walking with speed levels Award ceremony Step by step Country saying Ball Metamorphosis Vocal Chain Character exercise (character switch) Pen Friends La Ronde Samurai Gibberish Circle What Are You Doing!
Here you can find a collection of exercises for improv theatre. These exercises are intended to train specific aspects and skills in a targeted manner. The transition from exercises to games is fluid. What is still an exercise for one, ...
Show all Warm-ups (66) Yes, let's Barney Living Scenery Nightingale I am a tree Molecules Hand snake Hey and Ho Ten Fingers What is a what? Alien, Tiger, Cow Category Snap Kennedy Seven Things Call and Reply Machine Clap Focus Cross Circle Simulclap Genetically modified mouse Names - Go and clap Blinking place change Truth and lie The monster Follow the king Sword of samurai What Are You Doing! ZoomSchwatzMakeafakeliano Johannes Endless snake Duck, duck, goose Mr. Hit me Zip Zap Zoop Block of ice Hot Spot Ball Metamorphosis Last word - first word Bunny Bunny House - residents - flood Slow-motion Rumble Group Stop Fred Schneider rhythm exercises Digits Free Association Forming Molecules Playback Show Triangle King of Siam You
Before doing sports, you warm up. Every child knows that. Since theatre is also a form of physical work, one should warm up a bit before starting the actual exercises. On the one hand you can prepare yourself physically and ...