Creating S( )paces with Carla Keen When we improvise, we have the whole world at our fingertips, yet how often do you find yourself in a place which is the same
Creating S( )paces with Carla Keen
When we improvise, we have the whole world at our fingertips, yet how often do you find yourself in a place which is the same dimensions as the stage you are standing on?
Drawing influence from the compositional principles of Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints and the work of post-modern theatre companies, Carla invites participants to explore how by playing space we can change the way we improvise. We’ll explore relationships: with the space, with other characters, and with ourselves.
We’ll also explore how to use contrasts and juxtapositions on stage to enjoy playing with/in spaces as large as great cathedrals and as small as shoe-boxes.
Women’s workshops are an open and supportive creative space for women and non-binary people of all ages and experience levels.
These workshops run once a month, and they are stand-alone, so you can book one or come along every time. Each workshop is taught by a different teacher and focuses on a specific area of improvisation, and we have some exciting people lined up over the coming months!
(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Theatre Deli Studios
2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA
Carla Keen is a theatre maker and improviser currently pursuing a Masters degree in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in which she is exploring the application of improv within immersive and post-modern theatre.
She is the artistic director of the Cambridge-based group The Ministry of Unplanned Occurrences, improv mercenaries who plunder the world of live performance to find exciting use of space, storytelling, and theme and apply it to their unique character-led improv shows.
Carla believes everyone can perform, create and be funny – and that in no way diminishes those that are experts. She has 10 years teaching and facilitating experience and runs the improv school Red Cape Improv. She has trained with over 50 international improv, clown, and movement teachers/practitioners.
Carla’s teaching is focused on learn-by-doing, so you’ll get a decent chunk of time doing scene work and exercises underpinned by a positive atmosphere and encouragement (don’t expect her to bang a drum and tell you how awful you were in French*). It’ll also be fun, because that’s when we learn best.
*Famous clown teacher Phillip Gaulier is famous for this method of teaching known as ‘Via Negativa’. The brilliant improviser/clown Deanna Fleysher has written an ace blog about it here.