IMPROVISATION 1: THE BEGINNINGS (6 WEEKS)
Level 1 is an introduction to improvisational theatre. During this six week course we will be concentrating on having fun and creating in a safe and supportive environment while touching upon the core ideas of improvisational theatre: We will introduce you to the ideals of acceptance and support, YES - AND, listening and reacting, the concept of a scene - how to start a scene, the basic building blocks of stage picture, storytelling, character work, status and mime. We will also introduce the basics of acting, and begin to familiarize you with the improv vocabulary and the knowledge that you are enough!
This introductory class will get you acquainted with improvisational theatre, the Impro Helsinki way.
IMPROVISATION 2: CHARACTERS AND EMOTIONS (6 WEEKS)
Level 2 concentrates on creating, developing, maintaining and adding depth to character play. Students will learn about character point of view, how to make bold character choices and how to stay in character. Character work also means being affected by and within the stories we create. We will be using different exercises and techniques to recognise, express and react emotionally to bring depth and believability into our character work. Students will also be developing skills in object work, miming and the basics of edits. Level 2 will end with an (optional) student showcase.
IMPROVISATION 3: ART OF THE SCENE (8 WEEKS)
On the third level of our curriculum, students will take a deep dive into scene work. We will be deconstructing scenes and recognising the different building blocks of versatile scene work. Students will be able to hold 10 minute scenes while staying true to their character and surroundings. This level also introduces group scenes, ensemble work and the importance of relationships on stage. Students will get more personal feedback and learn more about pace, tone and moving between scenes. Level 3 will end with an (optional) student showcase.
IMPROVISATION 4: ACTING AND IMPROVISATION (8 WEEKS)
Level 4 is focused on acting. Students will practice a series of acting exercises that will deepen their knowledge and advance their experience of how to exist on stage in relation to others, the surroundings and oneself. This course will explore various ways of expressing oneself, emotional authenticity, movement, voice, stage presence and viewpoints (technique). Acting and improvisation will also be studied through the lense of applied clowning exercises.
This course aims to remind the students of their own uniqueness and to help them trust, enjoy and realize the fact that they are enough. Students will learn how to identify and trust their truthful reactions and let themselves be seen as well as truly see others.
IMPROVISATION 5: FORMATS (8 WEEKS)
On the fifth level, we will learn different improv formats, or frames in which long form shows are often brought in front of an audience. Level 5 will introduce both narrative and non-narrative formats. Thus, introducing a variety of improvisational theatre from the perspective of performative art. Impro Helsinki is a school for long form improvisation and one of our cornerstones is providing performance opportunities. Level 5 will culminate in a graduation show highlighting one of the formats studied during the course.
Formats are created to support improvising and not the other way around. Students will learn a variety of improv formats - a journey that will have you collecting new skills all along the way. You may also experience a sense of freedom through form, one where you can find it is there to support us, and not chain us to it.
IMPROVISATION 6: CREATE YOUR OWN FORMAT (8 WEEKS)
The sixth and final level of our core curriculum concentrates on creative work and development as an artist. Each student will bring ideas and concepts to the group, and together, they will turn these ideas into a format to be showcased in front of a live audience. The course will concentrate on group dynamics, trust, cooperation, new techniques and personal feedback.
This final level course will end with a graduation show in which the students will be presenting their very own format to an audience. Upon completion of Impro Helsinki’s 6-level training program, graduating students can apply for the year long conservatory training.