Improvisation: Voice & The Body


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Tuesdays, 7-9pm
£150 per term, £120 Concession
10 weeks, 25 September – 4 December 2018, no class 23 October
Instructor: Rebecca Mackenzie

Level: Movers or performers with some experience
For students 18+ only
Research Studio

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“Trust in the Unexpected.” – Emily Dickinson

These classes teach the basics of improvisation, developing your performance skills in movement, voice, and narrative. Over this ten-week course you will improvise in ensemble, duets, and solo, expanding your palette of expression and encountering your imagination afresh.

Simple exercises from the Action Theater™ system, and inspiration from fiction will provide rich pathways into language and physical narrative. You will learn how to create movement and text in the moment, using rhythm, imagination and your sensory experience. The training seeks to enable ease, pleasure, and trust in the unexpected. The course will culminate in a sharing for family and friends.  This course is open to anyone with some experience in moving or performing, but not necessarily in improvisation.


About the Instructor:

Rebecca Mackenzie is a novelist, performer and teacher of Action Theater™. Her debut novel In a Land of Paper Gods, was a Red Magazine Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She has performed improvised solos across the capital since 2008 and created shows including This is Hamlet and The Dolls’ House. With Seke Chimutengwende she has performed Late! Night Solos, a double bill of pioneering improvisations. With composer Reynaldo Young she has developed the Lewisham Improv Station, a sound-based project harnessing improvisation to create aural worlds combining poetry, song and story. Rebecca is a certified teacher of Action Theater™ and teaches improvisation in both the UK and Europe. She has also taught writing on Royal Holloway Creative Writing MA, Roehampton University and leads Book Club for Dancers with Independent Dance. Rebecca is a Chisenhale Dance Member.

Coming in 2019:

Improvisation: Sound & Music with Ingvild Marstein Olsen – Spring term

Improvisation: Group Performance with Seke Chimutengwende – Summer term

For questions about our classes, please email or call 020 8981 6617 between 10am and 6pm. 

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