Category: Improv

Stepping in

11 October 2013 0

Creativity is not the clever rearranging of the known – Viola Spolin   Which raises the question of discovery – how do we find what we don’t know? We go on adventures. Some of us go on BIG adventures, climbing mountains or cycling across Europe. Some of us prefer smaller adventures, like punting or trying…

By Viv McWaters

Facilitation tips for improvisers

27 September 2012 4

One of the ongoing themes around applied improvisation is the use of language, and recognising that improvisation has its own jargon. This jargon may sometimes be unhelpful when introducing people to the principles and practices of improvisation. I’m forever grateful to friends such as Izzy Gesell, and Simo Routarinne who helped school me in the…

By Viv McWaters

Collecting insights

26 September 2012 0

There was a lot happening at the Applied Improvisation Network Conference in San Francisco. As well as the pre-planned sessions, and the open space offerings, the one-on-one and small group conversations, and the serendipitous moments, there was the Twitter and Facebook back channel, photos being posted on Flickr, videos being made, drawings made, and people…

By Viv McWaters

Let the games begin

17 September 2012 0

The Olympics are over for another four years. But it’s not those sort of games I’m referring to. Not sporty, competitive games. Nor video games. And no, not board games either. These games are for fun. They are active, playful, not too energetic (though they can be), not too competitive (though they can be that…

By Viv McWaters

Tom Salinsky’s improv wisdom

2 July 2012 1

I’m at Improvention in Canberra – a festival of improvisers from all over Australasia, and a smattering from elsewhere. There’s shows, and competitions, and workshops, and serious discussions, and partying, and lots of coffee and other beverages. I feel like an imposter. There, glad I got that off my chest. And that’s all I’m going…

By Viv McWaters

Postcards provide a window to the world

13 June 2012 1

Probably not the sort of postcards you’re thinking of. These postcards are made of people, creating a scene from nothing but a suggestion. We started with Southern Cross Station (Melbourne’s main train station) – people posed themselves as commuters, trains, signs, rubbish, ticket machines, aimless people, newspapers. Ian David, from Melbourne Playback Theatre Company, was…

By Viv McWaters