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Anyone who is skilled in the art of improvisation can tell you that there is three distinct phases for new improvisers. The phases are usually progressive and not all of them are always achieved. Players can plateau in a phase and never let themselves transcend it. I hear a lot from people "I'm stuck". These folks are usually at the end of one phase and are about to transition to the next phase. The trick is that every transition requires time, guts and trust. 

So let's talk about the three phases for improvisers I see the most here at the Bovine School Improv.

First Phase: Fear. So many people at the start improvisation the first thing have to get over is...

An Improvisers Journey

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  • Wed, 10/10/2018
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Anyone who is skilled in the art of improvisation can tell you that there is three distinct phases for new improvisers. The phases are usually progressive and not all of them are always achieved. Players can plateau in a phase and never let themselves transcend it. I hear a lot from people "I'm stuck". These folks are usually at the end of one phase and are about to transition to the next phase. The trick is that every transition requires time, guts and trust. 

So let's talk about the three phases for improvisers I see the most here at the Bovine School Improv.

First...

If you name, it you care for it.

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  • Wed, 10/10/2018
Hello my name is

When you're a kid you name everything. The name your dolls, your bike, even rocks. When I was a kid, I had a plant named Norman. When you get older you still name things. The things you name as an adult are bigger and a little bit more important, so they still get names. Your pet, your car, your kids you get to name them all.

You name these things because their special. They are important to you. You give them names so you you can have a connection to them.

It also is true that the things that we name, we care for. We care for our dogs, we care for cats, we care for our kids...

Permission Granted!

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  • Tue, 06/27/2017

I hereby grant you permission to do whatever you feel would serve the greater good. I trust you. You should listen to that voice inside telling you to Go! 

 

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4 Steps to Better Improvising - A Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Wed, 05/24/2017

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on February 7, 2008.

Got Group Mind?

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  • Thu, 04/07/2016

Group mind is the crowning achievement of improvisational theater. It is when all of us on stage are connected and participating and none of us are leading and the piece moves forward to it's inevitable conclusion, that no one saw coming. Our mirroring neurons are synched up and we are all thinking the same way. It is a rare event. Even when it does happen, sometimes it is just for a moment, or maybe a scene or if we are lucky we may reach group mind for a whole set. It is when we are on stage and feel like every move made is precipitated by the move before it. Everyone's choices are in...

We are creators!

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  • Tue, 03/22/2016

We are artists. We are comedians. We are creators.

When we are on stage we are creating. We are bringing something new onto the stage and into the world. We create new characters and worlds. We have a responsibility to create something we love.

Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein creates life without love. So much so that the doctor then begins to loathe the creature he has created. After giving life to the creature, "I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view. I...

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