Rhythm of the Scene with Asaf Ronen
Old school improv instructions can help you take your first steps on stage. When you really want to fly, though, you have to loosen strict adherence to such reliable structure. How we are with each other defines who we are to each other—and that in turn can define the scene.
In other words, it’s the not the rules that matter. It’s the relationship.
Using clowning and other organic improv techniques, Austin luminary Asaf Ronen will teach students to give up all sense of narrative in favor of listening to the heartbeat of the scene, the rhythm of the routine being established. Trust us: Asaf’s as sharp as a tack and more of a hoot than an owl. You’ll have a great time and will be thankful you learned these skills.
Warning: end results on stage may prove odd and/or delightful and scenes may become populated with huge amounts of subtext and character depth that can come from no other source.
ASAF RONEN is the Education Director of The Institution Theater where he also regularly performs, teaches and produces. He has also taught and performed improvisation in Canada, Great Britain, Norway and in twenty-eight of these United States with such groups as the B. Iden Payne Award winning Confidence Men (improvised plays in the style of David Mamet) and imp (mostly silent improv). He was also producer on TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, a documentary on legendary improvisers TJ & Dave that premiered at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival in 2009 and helped develop the improvised film Days of Delusion with director Scott Myers. He is the author of Directing Improv: Show the Way By Getting Out of the Way. In 2000, Asaf worked with Cirque du Soleil as a scout for improvisational talent.
Join Asaf's other workshops over Memorial Day Weekend!
Directing Improvisation, Saturday, May 28, 11-4:30 (http://directingimprov.peatix.com)
The Elusive Group Mind (co-led with Ted DesMaisons), Monday, May 30, 2-5:00