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London, United Kingdom, 2007/02/19 - New improvisation workshops in London, UK, for self and professional developers ready to surprise themselves and get wise or laugh trying.
From France to Yemen to London, Remy Bertrand has been leading improvisation workshops in all kinds of settings for all kinds of people. After leading workshops for fellow improvisers, homeless people, trainers, businessmen and inner city kids, he went on to coach the actors for the first ever Yemeni feature film “A New Day in Old Sana’a” directed by award-winning Anglo-Yemeni director Bader Ben Hirsi.
Remy is now back in London with the Far Games, a series of game-playing workshops for self and professional developers. Using the rules and discipline of theatrical improvisation, the games are design to enhance participants’ interpersonal skills in a playful and stimulating way.
The FAR games are emotionally, physically and intellectually involving, offering participants the possibility to explore themselves and interact with others on multiple levels. New knowledge is formulated and disseminated through practice and observation rather than lecture and abstract illustration. This allows participants to find numerous points of engagement with the content.
The games offer a structured and consistent environment in which participants are in charge of their own learning experience. They decide, after a collective warm-up, when to take part and when to watch. The process is continually being adjusted to their strengths in a challenging yet respectful environment. The power to decide on their level of exposure remains with them.
When playing the games, participants soon realise that they can survive catastrophic failure and try again without losing face. The phenomenon has been described as "real life with a rewind button". Learning from failure allows them to map out their safety zone and to consider gradually stretching it, in their own time.
Learning to relax, breath better and avoid wasting energy on unnecessary stress allows participants to sustain peak-performance. Better mental and emotional control enhances their autonomy, self-assurance and communication skills. The collective nature of the games develops their listening skills and their capacity to analyse social situations, work in a team and show leadership.
Evening and weekend classes for beginners and improvers start in March 2007 at the Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ.
Imprology was created in 2005 to facilitates the use of improvisation for social, business and entertainment purposes through regular classes and a website featuring workshop templates, academic papers and an expending collection of improvisation games.