ImprovWordArt | jake, iO week 3, section 4

 

jake_curtis(See ImprovWordArt for Week 1 over here, and Week 2 over here)
Meet Jake Curtis. I met Jake on 2015 July 7, which was the first day of the iO Five-Week Summer Intensive in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Jake was one of 15 people I met that day in what was known as Section 4 (out of nine sections total) of the summer intensive program. This post is the third of sharing Jake’s ImprovWordArt.

Week 3 with Rance. Rance Rizzutto (at iO Chicago, web, Facebook) was our instructor for the class described as follows –

This class concentrates on the two-person scene, the anchor of long-form improvisation.

– and indeed, we dug and dove deep into two-person scenes.

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Our two-person scenes were inspired, created, and evolved from sound, movement, silence, point of view, intense eye contact, touch, tropes, emotion, fear, and (my very personal favorite) – SURPRISE!

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I think of this like an hour glass where any scene can be a series of surprises (including discoveries) and each improvisor can “turn it [the scene] over and over and …”. (I’ll have a separate post on this later. This was my “ah ha” moment.)

Week 3 Recap

Here is Jake’s word art for our third week of improv. And whether or not you were in our class and whether or not you are an improvisor, there are many life-related quips and statements in this lovely ImprovWordArt. Below I have written several quips.

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:: play like it’s going to last forever; edit like you’ve got some more ::
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always trust that something will happen ::
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respond line by line :: engage with your environment ::
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experience real life and your improv will improve ::
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yeah, yeah, yeah :: don’t (you) fix mistaks ::
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find the joy :: indecision will fuck you up ::
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two person scenes are at the center of everything ::
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explore the world you have created ::
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always be ready to surprise your partner ::
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if you are the villain, you can not win ::
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energy = emotion X intensity ::
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words are secondary to emotion :: you have to listen ::
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enter with everything ready to drop anything ::
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one-third –
imagine 1/3 of your audience is blind,
imagine 1/3 of your audience is deaf,
imagine 1/3 of your audience is regular ::
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kisses are just high-5’s with lips, don’t be scared of them ::
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the audience will feel as much as you feel ::
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slice of life or today’s the day!
(can emotionally jump start a scene) ::
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scenes don’t need to be jokey ::
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ask what does your character want? ::
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if you know where you are, don’t worry about other people ::
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scenes between strangers are about vulnerability ::
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(nice to meet you) ::
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don’t shove the who, what, where out immediately ::
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go big or go home :: react to things ::

What caught your eye in Jake’s ImprovWordArt? What resonates with you? If you are not an improvisor, to what do you relate? If you are an improvisor – agree or disagree?

ImprovWordArt | jake, iO week 2, section 4

jake_curtis(See ImprovWordArt for Week 1 over here)
Meet Jake Curtis. I met Jake on 2015 July 7, which was the first day of the iO Five-Week Summer Intensive in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was one of 15 people I met that day in what was known as Section 4 (out of nine sections total) of the summer intensive program. This post is the second of sharing Jake’s ImprovWordArt.

Week 2 with Tara. Tara DeFrancisco (at iO Chicago, on web) was our instructor for the class described as follows –

Here you will build on the teachings of Level 1 while allowing you to discover your strengths; it focuses on character creation, “the group mind” and object/environment work.

Here is a thing that happened during our week 2. We “bent” time! During an exercise called soundscape, for several of us during that exercise, what felt as if 5-10 minutes had passed, in actuality, more than 30-minutes passed. WTF!? (SPOOKY!)

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Week 2 Recap

Here is Jake’s word art for our second week of improv. And whether or not you were in our class and whether or not you are an improvisor, there are many life-related quips and statements in this lovely ImprovWordArt. Below I have written several quips.

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:: we are detectives hunting for clues :: stage picture – symmetry ::
:: physicality can lead you to your character ::  group eye contact ::
:: if you are not having fun,  you are the asshole :: carpe diem ::
:: everything matters :: mistakes are gifts :: have one point of view ::
:: don’t turn your back to the audience :: it’s alright to slow down ::
:: try being each other’s most interesting person ::
:: we must believe in alchemy ::
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beat the dead horse :: heart trumps plot :: don’t invent a problem ::
:: love on each other hardcore :: say how you feel ::
:: be ready to die :: play other people’s games :: listen ::
:: give yourself permission to play :: try being in the same boat ::
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(i heard that …) don’t gossip ::
:: you can think with your head, heart, and/or groin ::
:: improv rules are for dicks. improv dares – try matching energy
figure out how you feel about each other, do a scene with no questions,
do not talk about what you are doing ::
:: fly or fail :: be present :: initiations should be crystal clear ::
:: don’t mask indecision as patience ::
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build a scene brick by brick ::  it looks cooler than it feels ::
:: find the fun :: heighten :: no fear :: don’t block :: lead with emotions ::
:: yes, and … why? :: don’t let it feel like work ::
:: share p.o.v. :: people being people ::
:: don’t drop your shit. adjust your shit :: improvisers are actors ::
:: you’re always as good as your next show :: iO theatre of the heart ::
:: discovery over invention :: never stop making glorious failures ::
:: if it feels weird, let it get weirder ::
:: give yourself permission to play :: 

What caught your eye in Jake’s ImprovWordArt? What resonates with you? If you are not an improvisor, to what do you relate? If you are an improvisor – agree or disagree?

ImprovWordArt | jake, iO week 1, section 4

jake_curtisMeet Jake Curtis. I met Jake on 2015 July 7, which was the first day of the iO Five-Week Summer Intensive in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was one of 15 people I met that day in what was known as Section 4 (out of nine sections total) of the summer intensive program.

ImprovWordArt. This post is the first of sharing Jake’s word art, for which I am simply calling it what it is, ImprovWordArt. (Have an alternative suggestion, let me know.) Each week of class, Jake took notes – or rather, he creatively drew words – on a 5″ x 8″ blank journal page.  Each week we had 4-days of class, 6 hours (including about an hour break) per class. Therefore, effectively, we had about 20 hours of class time each week. each class, Jake penned quotes, quips, and tips. (Me? I took notes the old school way.)

Week 1 with Todd. Todd Edwards (at iO Chicago) was our instructor for the class described as follows –

This class teaches the basics of the iO style of improvisation, patterns, theory, connections, and iO’s philosophy on long-form improvisation.

Indeed, Todd introduced us to iO basics. He also provided encouragement of group bonding activities and demonstrated his witty banter (understatement) and outrageous shirt ownership (understatement).

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The pictures? One day we wore our interpretation of black + white. On another day, we wore our interpretation of obnoxious. Can you find Jake?*

Week 1 Recap

Here is Jake’s word art for our first week of improv. And whether or not you were in our class and whether or not you are an improvisor, there are many life-related quips and statements in this lovely ImprovWordArt. Below I have written several quips.

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:: everyone is an artist, genius, and a poet :: have fun ::
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 types of tags – learned behaviour, time jump,
location jump, pattern follow, tangential ::
:: follow the fun :: you is enough ::
:: (hey, you look …) do not talk about what you are doing :: hive mind ::
:: objects have weight ::
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emotion trumps all :: be honest :: make patterns ::
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 use space work to create a world :: earn your dick jokes ::
:: be vulnerable :: personal, professional, private :: use superlatives ::
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don’t lose your shit :: you don’t need conflict ::
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compliment each other. (you look good!) ::
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let go of words and let emotion carry you :: 
:: what’s your motivation? :: start with an emotion :: eye contact ::
:: positivity constructs, negativity destroys :: emotion trumps ::
:: you don’t need permission to be successful ::
:: the situation makes the comedy, the relationship makes the scene ::
:: take the audience on the steps ::
:: you don’t always have to talk :: emotion trumps ::
:: offer the change :: listen :: if it’s not honest, why would you do it? ::

What caught your eye in Jake’s ImprovWordArt? What resonates with you? If you are not an improvisor, to what do you relate? If you are an improvisor – agree or disagree?

* HINT: white button (more like velcro) down shirt.
being there in real life –
PRICELESS.