What’s next for improvisation? An Open Space Event

What’s next for improvisation? An Open Space Event.

Improvisation addicts, the Nursery Team  invite you to start 2017 as you mean to go on: with tea, biscuits and a day long exchange of improvisation ideas.

You know those exciting, energized beers after classes or shows where you and your teammates solved improvisation? Where you create new forms and see through improv like it’s the matrix? What if that was a whole day long? “What’s next for improvisation” is a free-form, interactive discussion event about improvisation: what it means and what we can do with it, for it and about it. Let’s talk about what improvisation is in the UK and what is next for it. Using open space technology, the Nursery brings you a day of conversation, exploration and theorizing, entirely based on what you want to talk about. No panels, Q&A’s or lectures, just the conversation you want to have with the other people who want to have it. The perfect start to your improv year.

(Image shows Improbable’s Annual D&D Open Space 2015.)

Here is the invitation, from Jules Munns:

“Improvisation. Invigorating and frustrating. At the same time incredibly fun and an exceptional challenge. A lifetime’s work to master. For many people, it is a performance form, for some it is a fun way to spend an evening after work, for others, it is a profound way of looking at the world. All of those people are right and we invite all of them to “What’s next for improvisation?”.

Improvisation is exploding in the UK, with new classes, nights and shows all over the place. There are Harolds and deconstructions, duos, organic freeform and premise pulls spreading through London. Much of the teaching comes from the outside, much of it from the US. How do we create a style of improvisation which is truly British? How do we make better work day by day and avoid simply being derivative? What does the UK scene need and how are we going to get it?

These are the questions in my head. Some of you will read some of them and think the answers obvious, some of you will have other questions that are burning in your brains. Some of you will just want to listen and some will want to have tea and coffee and meet some people. This event is for all of those things.

This event is not about styles or schools or egos. Whatever style we espouse, there is more that unites us than divides us. I invite anyone who has ever improvised, or just feels like they might, to come and have the conversations about improvisation that you want to have with other passionate, engaged people.”

A note about Open Space Technology

Open Space Technology (OST) is a form developed to support groups to self-organize and collaborate around any question of shared concern. It gives all participants the chance to propose a starting point for discussion, take part in any of the conversations or flit between them all. It is particularly effective in dealing with complex issues where diverse and conflicting views are present.

Over the last 25 years OST has been used across the world in an incredible range of contexts: to design aeroplane doors, resolve land disputes, address economic, environmental, social, political and artistic issues of every kind. Groups of six and of six hundred have used it with equal success.

“In 1985 Open Space was born. It emerged not so much as a product of intentional design, but rather as an outgrowth of frustration and at some level…laziness. The frustration appeared as a result of my having spent an entire year organizing an international gathering for 250 people, only to discover that the best part, as judged by myself and all the participants, were the coffee breaks. It was during the coffee breaks where the real juicy stuff happened. All the rest (featured speakers, panel discussions and the like) seemed almost an interruption to the core activity.”

Harrison Owen

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