Authority

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“To react is to accept another’s authority to change you.” — Sébastien Chambres, 5th April 2017, Brest (FR)

Indifference is the the worst thing in improv. Indifference to an offer is the very essence of blocking it. Ignoring or not caring about your partners is exactly what will make others not want to play with you in the future.

Improv is all about reaction, not about action. And real reaction invokes change.

Accept anything to change your character. This doesn’t mean you should change your mind all the time (a strict vegetarian should never accept that sausage). It can also mean you change your emotion, change your status, change your energy, change the speed/volume/pitch of speaking, etc…

If you’re serving your partner, you accept their authority to change you.

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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.