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The Improvisation Game: Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance. 9781854596680

The Improvisation Game: Discovering the Secrets of Spontaneous Performance

Nick Hern Books. 2006

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  • EAN: 9781854596680
  • ISBN: 978-1-85459-668-0
  • Editorial: Nick Hern Books
  • Fecha de edición: 2006
  • Encuadernación: Rústica
  • Dimensiones: 14x21,5
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • Nº páginas: XVIII+364

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Illustrated throughout with exercises and techniques, "The Improvisation Game" conducts a fascinating and provocative investigation into the wellsprings of improvisation in theatre, dance and music.

In this book, Johnston explores how improvisation can be used both to create performance and as an end in itself.

He talks to forty or so key practitioners in the field of improvised drama, music and dance and reports on the techniques, structures and methods they use to stay productive. Those interviewed include such figures as Keith Johnstone (author of the seminal "Impro"), Max Stafford-Clark, Nancy Stark Smith, Gaby Agis, John Wright, Wendy Houston, Felix Ruckert, Simon Fell, Phelim McDermott, Tim Etchells and Guy Dartnell. Other influential figures whose work is considered included Augusto Boal, Ruth Zaporah and Robert Lepage.

The book also looks again at many famous traditions, events and performances with improvisation at their core, ranging from the Living Theatre to the Scratch Orchestra, from John Cage to Lenny Bruce, and seeks to draw out their significance in the always evolving world of improvisation.

"It is friendly, accessible, well structured and full of good advice -much of it plain common sense... Reading it is like being in a room buzzing with relaxed and informed conversation..." (Mick Walls, "Theatre Research International")

"Hous of Games is a book I will return to and learn much from." (Dorinda Hulton, "Studies in Theatre Production")


Some history I
Some history II

Part One: The Why
1. Research
2. Learning
3. Conflict
4. Entertainment

Part Two: The Who
1. The Improviser
2. The Ensemble
3. The Audience
4. The Community

Part Three: The What

Part Four: The How
1. Structure
2. Teaching
3. Games and Exercises

An unreliable lexicon
Index of contributors and artists

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