Two moments

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“A moment doesn’t need anything more than itself. Two moments confuse each other when brought together.” — Dave Razowsky, 23rd October 2015, Würzburg (DE)

Every moment counts in improv. As improvising actors, we have to be aware that we are constantly letting moments remain unnoticed. But worse is when we start bringing in moments (ideas, story lines, jokes, …) from off stage onto the stage.

We need to be fully present and 100% alert to everything that is going on and around our stage. This is called being in a soft focus.

Razowsky compared a moment with a glass filled to the rim with water. When you bring two of these glasses against each other, they will immediately spill their contents and the water gets mixed up. This is what happens when two moments are brought together, you sacrifice clarity.

Noticing change

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“In order for you to know that you have changed, you have to know you are present.” — Dave Razowsky, 23rd October 2015, Würzburg (DE)

At every change, your breath changes. You are there to change your partner’s breath and your partner is there to change yours. But a prerequisite for you to know that your breath has changed — that you have changed — is that you are fully present. You have to be there, before you can know you have been changed.

By the way, in order to be really there on stage, you have to leave everything behind you when you enter it.

Respond or reply

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“Responding is more than replying.” — Anders Fors, 22nd October 2015, Würzburg (DE)

Your partner wants nothing more than you to respond to his every offer. But responding can happen on many levels and way too often we resort to simply replying verbally.

Your partner gives you much more than simple text. Don’t resort to listening alone, make sure you’re completely present to pick up on everything.

Instead of simply replying to what is being said, respond to the whole offer.