Gael has practiced improv for 10 years in Strasbourg, France and he is co-founder and the director of La Carpe Haute. He’s also co-founder of the SIN, a European International Network of improvisers. He has travelled the world during the past few years teaching, and found a thousand ways to improvise. His dream was to combine it to be a multifaceted crystal of improv! Now, he shares that way of acting, physical and noisy, kind and silly, emotive and crazy.
Spirited Away: An Improvised Miyazaki
Duration: 5 hours
Times: Friday all day
The human world can be a dark place. It can also be simple and uplifting. In fact, nothing is ever black or white. We go through everyday life looking for moments of magic. What if we switch it, and look for everyday moments in a magical world?
This workshop is about bringing you to a place where nothing is normal. Where everything is normal. Where the weirdest and most magical creature can just be a girl, and where the spirit of the forest can just be a boy. A story where magic is real and reality is magic. This poetic, sensitive and full of emotions place is Miyazaki’s kingdom. We’ll learn how to build Miyazaki's stories with heroes who care: about the world, about nature, about the human part of us, about our soul. The best way to understand what it means to be human, is to not be one.
Sound Effects and Noisy People
Duration: 2 hours
Times: Thursday Afternoon
The stories, the emotions, and the relations can be created by words. They can also be created without them. But between speaking and keeping the scene silent, isn't there a world? This is a workshop about supporting your acting using sounds. Realistic sounds, crazy sounds, annoying sounds, but the most important: your own sounds! Through different techniques and exercises, we will work on layering the imaginary world around you with sound effects to make it deeper. This workshop will also focus on re-create a whole environment, from an rainforest to a mountain in the middle of the winter. Leap into the sound world you just created! Unmute your mouth, and let's be noisy!
* This workshop culminates in mixer team performance on Thursday
A French Lesson in Romance
Duration: 2 hours
Times: Saturday Afternoon
France is well known for the wine, for the baguettes and for the Eiffel Tower. But France is also a country of romance, body language and love! This is a workshop about using our bodies, the distances, our positions to create intimacy. Using physicality and little gestures, fewer words and more eye contact, small touches and beyond everything our heart, we will learn how to create an intimate relationship. Through exercises and scene work, we will learn how to live that relationship fully to show kind, deep and realistic scenes. Impro is about life, and what would be life without love?