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Friday, May 12 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Facing a Closed Door: Introduction to Alain Knapp’s Teaching LIMITED

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Dr. Hervé Charton (France), co-founder of LACSE (Lyon, France), Artistic Director of Théâtre Persistant (Participants: 16).

  • Description: After a brief introduction to Alain Knapp and his approach to theatrical improvisation, participants will dive into his exercises. Knapp’s exercises consist of simple directives. They do not inject any structure, any content, any formal aspect, and the performer can use any technique to execute them: speech only, body only, both of them, commedia dell’arte, etc. So we’re going to take one and develop it until we have seen all of the principles that guide Knapp’s approach. Let’s start with a closed door. Someone comes in front of that door. She knocks or rings. No answer. Again. Still nothing. The door will remain closed. From there, a character, a place and an action unfold. What attitude should one have in front of a closed door? What can we learn from that constraint? How do we construct meaning organically? What needs to be specified, what invention would be pointless? Through this exercise (and a few more), participants will get a taste of Alain Knapp’s vision of improvisation: an investigation into the character’s self.

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Friday May 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
UC Irvine CAC 3002

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