Dan has been practising theater for 20 years and began studying improv 10 years ago in Strasbourg. He participates regularly in diverse European festivals, playing shows in English and studying with teachers from all over the world, such as Keith
Johnstone, Patti Stiles and Lee White. He has trained in the Meisner technique, participated in the marathon of improv with Inédit Théâtre in 2011, coached French teams and teaches regularly. He is now and forever a member of La Carpe Haute, a professional group he created in 2012 with his best friends.
The Power of a Silent Line
Duration: 3 hours
Times: Thursday Morning
"Bla bla bla, bla bla bla." That's what a scene too often looks like. As improvisers, we often fear the silence because we think that nothing is happening anymore. That's not true! Many times silence is the best line we can say! More than 70% of communication occurrs through our body and our behaviour. Isn't it proof that words can be useless? Our actions, our looks, and our emotions tell so much. Don't panic, we'll talk in this workshop! But we'll also learn to answer with silence. A living silence means much more than a verbal line...
Here and Now:
Duration: 5 hours
Times: Friday All Day
How do you improvise more naturally? How do you clear everything that's useless to get at what really matters? It's so nice to play or watch improv that looks natural, honest, and full of connection. Improvisers can have the feeling that they're stuck in their heads and tell stories about characters who are not here in a time which is not now... The most powerful and important story is the one currently happening on stage between partners. Who are they for each other? How deep is their relationship? What are they dreaming of? This workshop, inspired by Meisner technique, is about being connected and focused on your partner, truly and deeply in the moment. Fuck the story, fuck the plot, fuck comedy! Just scenes that seems real. Step by step we'll find what really matters for the characters and why they are playing this scene. To be sincerely improvising here and now, with our partner.
Unplug Your Brain
Duration: 2 hours
Times: Thursday Afternoon
Our brain is a formidable machine to create and imagine, but sometimes it's our own trap, our only barrier. This workshop aims at unplugging our brains, to explore what our bodies have to suggest.
We will train not to be heady or too rational, to allow your scenes to be silly, to accept and play the nonsense. Let your bodies surprise yourself and embrace their strong propositions, to just have fun, play like kids, discover new places, characters and relations, to follow the inspiration and your instinct.