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What is Improvisation Improv or Impro Improvisation is getting on stage and performing without preparation You simply make your performance up as you go This sounds very easy to do because this is what we do in every day life--we improvise as wego along However we need to bear in mind that on stage improvisation is different in the sense that we go on stage to entertain the audience Is Improvisation an art form Yes it is However it is an art form that contains its own aesthetics andrules We need to learn the rules and principals in order to play it properly It is only then that the true joy of creating and entertaining is experienced The History of Improvisation Improvisation is related to Commedia dell arte which was performed by Sixteenth century comedy groups in markets squares and public places The performers were given a scenario and were given the task of creating lines that would make the scenario come to life Commedia dell arte was practiced for some two hundred years and later became known as impro improv and improvisation and used as a training technique for actors Eventually the practice was revived by Keith Johnstone of England and Viola Spoline of the United States and through its success is now considered to be an art form Improvisational Comedy vs Stand up Comedy Physicist Neil Bohr says Some things are so serious they can only be joked about Likewise in playing a comedy scene an improviser needs to play it deadpan serious In improvisational comedy the improviser doesnt pre-plan the scene and doesnt try to be funny She in an ensemble puts hisher full trust into the hands of other fellow improvisers on stage The self-revelations may not always be pretty but they are honest and spontaneous The audience intelligently in light of these new honest to truth revelations makes the connections intellectually and identifies with
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