Action Theater, The Improvisation of Presence

Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers

taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Action Theater Teacher

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Each step, sound, word or action we generate extends an invitation to those around us, prompting a series of responses and interactions which become the flesh and bones of a new organism. Provided that we remain aware of this relationship, it lives. To craft this life, we play with timing and space while connecting to our internal feeling states. We learn to say “yes” to the unknown, allowing the situation to develop its own logic, personality and energy.

Action Theater is an embodied improvisation practice pioneered by Ruth Zaporah.  In her words, this practice “incorporates the disciplined exploration of embodied exercises that lead to increased skills of strong, clear, spontaneous, and artful communication. Action Theater addresses and expands the vocabularies of expression including: movement, vocalization, and speech.”

Participants are asked to commit to the moment and the myriad pathways that arise from that commitment. We will move, sound and speak in duets, solos and groups.  Wear loose clothing and be prepared to shed your planning mind.

Shinichi’s TEDx Talk on improvisation

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