There’s more than one way to build intensity over time.
Both scenes work in an improv context. No doubt. But I prefer the second iteration.
The second scene is more dynamic. Yes, both Bobs are altered by scene’s end and both scenes progress, but in the second scene Bob’s change is clearly delineated to establish a rhythm and to set expectations for heightening repetition with the audience.
It’s one of many improv lessons we can learn from The Clown. Let’s learn more.
Objective: To build scenes by exploring and heightening committed perspectives.
The link below will connect to a PDF of an 8 Week course designed to prepare improvisers for a long-form performance as an ensemble.
Long Form Performance IAIDB Curriculum Patrick Gantz 2013
An Opening is the first piece of a long-form performance presented to the audience. Every show has one. Not every show uses one.
Objective: To responsibly and recklessly endow scene partners (with characteristics, information, activities, etc.) that s/he must accept.
Objective: To play with strong emotional perspectives that evoke strong emotional reactions and drive strong emotional scenes.
Objective: This exercise is about channeling personal memories to evoke details and define mime. Continue reading
Objective: To focus on strong initiations that heighten established games with new stakes, situations, characters and relationships. Continue reading
Objective: To focus on strong initiations that endow personal and scenic games and leverage those quickly defined games with subsequent beat initiations that heighten characters and relationships. Continue reading