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Guest Workshop: Fiasco

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Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, the Wicked Witch of the West – they all died big, fabulous memorable deaths! How often do we get to explode into fame or infamy on stage?

In this workshop, players will focus on making stupid choices on a colossal scale and daring to fuck up the scene, the story and their character’s lives. We will break through our usual no-go zones – heartbreak, death, failure, disaster – and, instead of hesitating or finding solutions, discover what is on the other side.

We will learn how to stop being afraid of the futures of our scenes and embrace the consequences of our choices, as terrible or wonderful as they may be. Finally, we will learn how to see through our big, bad choices and commit to the grand, grotesque or tragic characters these choices require. (May include grandiose death scenes, villainy and a lot of tsk-tsking from the audience).

This class is for advanced improvisers. To register, you should have *minimum* 100 hours of improv experience & instruction. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Amir Atson

I have been improvising for over ten years. I am a co-founder of Lamabati, one of the leading improv groups in Israel and proud member of Ohana, a collective of European improvisors. I have spent the last several years building the improv community in Jerusalem, teaching classes and workshops and performing at various festivals with Lamabati (festivals include: FIIF, BIG IF, SWIMP, EDFringe, TILT, CIIF, Mt. Olymprov and Istanbul). I developed the original format “Everyday Magic”, an improvised homage to the works of the Israeli author Etgar Keret. In addition to my pursuits in improv, I also perform playback theater with one of Israel’s leading troupes, Reflected Light. As a teacher, my main points of focus are group mind, the uses of physicality and trusting one’s instincts. My outlook and sensitivities as a teacher are enriched by my work as a Drama-Therapist at a psychiatric hospital.


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September 22
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$35 – $40
The Kinkonauts
The Rose Room
922 9 Ave SE
Calgary, T2G 0S4 Canada
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