Level 2 – CHARACTERS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Dates: October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, November 6th, 13th
Time: Wednesdays, 17:00- 19:30
Location: ICC Training Center, Løngangstræde 37B
Teacher: Gordon Torbet
Showcase: nICCe Sunday – 17/11/2019
EARLYBIRD DEAL: sign up at the latest 2 weeks before the class starts and receive 2 free tickets for a Thursday or Saturday show. *
Price includes one class trip (most popular date is picked by poll) to a show at ICC, student discounts, and new awesome friends.
Long-form Improv performance depends a great deal on the 2-person scene: who are these characters? why are we seeing them? How do they feel about each other? How do we feel about them? These are questions that we need to answer and is the essence of Level 2.
In our Level 2 Characters and Relationships class, you’ll learn games, techniques and skills to develop fun, unique and believable characters immediately, in the moment. You’ll practice ways to create and sustain characters in the moment through our “HAPPI”process: Heightening, Awareness, Patterns, Physicality, and Inspiration.
You’ll play characters who are both close to yourself and ones much different than you. Much of the time you will be with a partner practicing the techniques and skills that make for a successful scene. You’ll also continue to focus on playing moment to moment–bringing a brick to the scene, not the whole cathedral.
There are so many characters inside you waiting to come out and play–let them!
*The EB coupon code will be e-mailed to you once you’ve signed up for the class. The coupon is valid 2 months after you’ve received it and can be used only once, for Thursday or Saturday shows only.
Gordon gained a BA Hons in Performance Arts in 1992 (Leeds University). Throughout the mid ‘90s he worked principally as an actor/director in the UK with his own company NODO.He has broad experience of conducting workshop on topics such as mask work, understanding status transactions onstage, physical theatre technique, bringing Elizabethan plays to life, and character development through method and physical exploration.Gordon has also worked in TV and video production as scriptwriter, producer, cameraman, and editor for a wide range of product and content providers. As a trained improviser, Gordon has performed with the Improv Comedy Copenhagen Theatre for over 2 years and is a member of the ICC Main Team ‘Meanwhile Back at the Lab’. He is also Head of ICC Production – the video arm of ICC – and teaches various levels of the ICC Improv curriculum.
What will I learn?
Special techniques which look at finding internal motivation, subtext, wants, status, tension and physicality.
What will I do in this class?
All of the exercises in Level 2 concentrate on making you a better scene player. Much of the time you will be exploring in pairs the techniques that make for a successful 2-person scene: humanity, relationships, wants, making choices, vulnerability, the flaw, heightening and exploring. This level also requires you to become more analytical of the comic process, so whatever you do on stage is a deliberate choice with the aim of building the scene to a comedic climax.
Who can take this class?
Level 2 is only available as a continuation of the L1 (A & B) courses and therefore has the same age requirements (minimum 18 years).
How long is this class?
Level 2 is a 7-week course with each session lasting 2.5 hours.
What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring with you is clothing that you can move easily in, water, a notepad and pen for notes and an open mind.
Will there be a performance?
There will be a showcase as part of our nICCE Community night.
Why is this class important?
Level 2 is the cornerstone of long-form improv performance. Level 2 equips you with the techniques that you will to make improvising easier.
ICC Level 2 Student Testimonials:
“This place ROCKS!”
“My lifesaver in keeping my spirits high.”
“I have never laughed so much in one day!”
“Great atmosphere, great teacher, amazing energy”
“You learn so much about the techniques of improv, that you can even apply in everyday life, go out of your comfort zone and having great fun doing it.
“I had a blast learning from Improv Comedy Copenhagen!”