Level 2 – CHARACTERS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Dates: March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, 27th and May 4th
Time: Saturdays, 12:45 – 15:15
Location: ICC Training Centre, Løngangstræde 37B, København
Teacher: Jay Sukow
Price includes one class trip together to one of the ICC shows, student discounts, and 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!
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!”
Jay Sukow has been performing with and without a script for the better part of the past 26 years. He has trained with, among others, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, David Razowsky, Keith Johnstone, Del Close, Charna Halpern, Jeff Michalski and Mick Napier. He is a graduate of the training centers of The Second City, The Second City NW, iO Chicago, and ComedySportz Chicago.
Before moving to Copenhagen to become the Artistic Director and Head of Training at the ICC Theatre, he was faculty member of The Second City, both Chicago and Hollywood, iO, both Chicago(where he was also head of its artistic committee) and West, ComedySportz and Westside Comedy Theater. Jay has taught at at the Copenhagen Improv Festival, the Barcelona Improv Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Chicago Improv Festival, and other festivals.