What is Improvisation? (Improv for Short)
Improvisation is making up something on the spot. For example, in some music pieces, there is a dedicated time for a musician to make something up. Improvisation in drama is when you are paired with another person and are told to create something interesting, and you act without a script.
There are a few things that are very important to improvisation. Here are some of them.
Accepting not Blocking
If you are in drama class and you and your partner are asked to go and do some improvisation in front of the class and your partner says “Hey! Let’s go to the park and play!” and you say “no let’s not”, that is a block. That is not good because it leaves all of the work to your partner and he or she has to keep making ideas until you accept one. An accept is when you go with your partner’s offer. For example, If my partner says “Oh my gosh! That’s a bear!” and I say “We have to get out of here!” that is accepting my partner’s offer.
Naming the Obvious
Naming the obvious is explaining what something is. For example, if someone says, “Oh my gosh! Look at it!” Nobody knows what “it” is. So instead of saying, “Look at it!” say “Look at that huge dog over there!”
Sharing the Story
Sharing the story is if you start a story about being lost in the desert and there is nothing around and you’re trying to find water and your partner says, “Oh look there is a dollar store!” It just doesn’t go with the being lost in the desert. To make a good improvisation, you have to let your partner know what you’re doing.
Stay in Character
Staying in character is not switching from character to character. For example, you can’t be a teacher one second then suddenly switch to a student. If you do that, the audience will start getting confused by the switching and it will mess-up the whole improvisation.
How Did We Use Offer and Accept in our Improv?
Well, when Kensuke made the physical offer, he used his arm to call me over to where he was and the accept was when I walked over and said, “It’s so awesome how the sunset comes right over the water so perfectly”. That is how we used the offer and accept in our physical offer skit.
How Could I Improve my Performance and Improv Skills?
I think when I said “It’s so awesome how the sunset comes right over the water so perfectly”, I should of said that in a more surprised voice. For my performance, I think I should have not done so many hand- gestures because it kind of distracts the audience from what I was saying.
Here is my video:
<iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/139671159″ width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/139671159″>6B Drama: Offer Scenes4</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/yisarts”>YIS Arts</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>