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2019 Loose Moose International Improvisation School

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Loose Moose Theatre Company

1235 26 Avenue Southeast

Calgary, AB T2G 1R7

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Each summer since 1989 the International Improvisation School in Calgary, Canada has welcomed participants from around the world for this intensive course in improvisation.

WARM-UP CLASS: July 20 & 21, 2019

  • register before May 1, 2019 - $250 + $12.50 GST
  • register after May 1, 2019 - $275 + $13.75 GST

Recommended for participants who have experience in improvisation, but without extensive background in techniques developed by Keith Johnstone, or for those who would like a review of the basic exercises and terminology which will be used during the course. Based on suggestions from previous students, this class is also designed as a low stress way of working into the course, and may be helpful for those experiencing jet lag.

IMPROVISATION COURSE: July 22 – 31, 2019

  • register before May 1, 2019 - $1250 + $62.50 GST
  • register after May 1, 2019 - $1400 + $70.00 GST

The International Improvisation School offers performers and teachers the opportunity to work with instructors and each other in the unique Loose Moose atmosphere. The principal objectives of the school are the improvement of improvisors' performance and teaching skills, the examination of the philosophy and approach from which improvisational techniques are generated, and the exchange of experience and expertise in artistic areas pertaining to improvisation.

TEACHING COURSE: August 2 - 4, 2019

  • register before May 1, 2019 - $375 + $18.75 GST
  • register after May 1, 2019 - $400 + $20.00 GST

For anyone teaching improvisation with a performance group, in a drama class, or for those working outside of improvisation performances in the area of applied improvisation. Learn some skills to make you a better teacher of improvisation. Some elements that will be explored:
- Awareness: Like the performer on stage, if you don't see the offer your partner (the student) makes, you may not teach what is required.
- Styles: as there is not one student, there is not one teacher. Too narrow of an approach might sacrifice the needs of some students. Too broad an approach may water down your message.
- Toolkit for Teachers: Bring specific issues and incidence and we'll craft the tools to make your work with a group more effective.

MASK COURSE: August 5 - 9, 2019

  • register before May 1, 2019 $550 + $27.50 GST
    register after May 1, 2019 - $600 + $30.00 GST

Developing powerful, spontaneous and truthful characters is at the heart of strong acting and improvisation. Masks can be a useful tool for this purpose. They allow us to experience a state of awareness and vulnerability and help us understand what it means to have a "beginner's mind". In this 5 day workshop students will learn half and full mask techniques with a focus on developing mask characters as described in the final chapter of "Impro" by Keith Johnstone.

The second component of this workshop will be mask making. Students will also make their own masks on clay, out of papier mache, with hair and other accessories made available. Other mask making techniques may also be addressed. All participants will leave with one completed mask.

Visit www.stevejarand.com for more background on the course.

Please note that the registration fees do not inlcude registration service fees or accommodation. Any accommodation requirements are the responsibility of the participant to arrange, but we will help out where ever we can.

ACCOMMODATION
For the most part, it is best to book accommodation that is centrally located and has access to city transit. The Loose Moose Theatre is located at 1235 – 26 Ave SE, just outside the city centre and is close to a couple of city transit bus routes. There are a few different options for accommodation depending on your budget and requirements including:

SAIT Residence This is a student residence and there are single, double, and four bedroom apartments available. Accommodation is pretty basic, but rates are fairly reasonable for Calgary in the summer. Close to restaurants, shops, and city transit. If you are thinking of booking a room at SAIT perhaps let us know and we may be able to connect you with other participants to share accommodation (two or four person apartments).

Hostel This hostel is located near the city centre and has a couple of different options for accommodation.

Bed and Breakfast There are a number of Bed and Breakfast accommodations that are centrally located in Calgary. The link takes you to the B & B Association listings, but there may be other options on other sites. Calgary City View Bed and Breakfast and Inglewood Bed and Breakfast are both relatively close to our theatre where workshops will take place.

Airbnb We have had several participants book accommodation through this service.

Of course there are also hotels that are relatively close to the Loose Moose Theatre. We may also be able to arrange for you to stay at one of our company member’s homes while you are here. Please contact us for more information on this, or any of the accommodation options.

IMPROVISATION COURSES - Principle Instructors

DENNIS CAHILL
Dennis is a founding member and the current artistic director of The Loose Moose Theatre Company, where he has developed, directed, and appeared in numerous productions over the past 41 years. Dennis has been a principal instructor at the International Improvisation School since 1989, and was on faculty of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program from 2011-18. He has taught masterclasses in improvisation at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, for the Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival, and was recently invited to teach at the National Theatre School in Montreal. He is currently working on a program at the University of Calgary providing classes for graduate students using improvisation training to improve communication skills. Dennis has also toured internationally, performing and teaching improvisation in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the USA.

SHAWN KINLEY
Shawn Kinley has been performing and teaching for more than 30 years around the world. A member of Loose Moose for over 30 years, Shawn has been performing leading workshops in improvisation, contact improvisation, mask work, mime, and other forms of theatre. His students have included professional actors, athletes, university students, corporate managers, the military and children. Outside of the Loose Moose, he has worked in television, film, circus, as well as visual arts and writing. He speaks no language fluently.

BETTY POULSEN
Betty Poulsen is a teacher, dancer, choreographer, performer, and mask maker whose work has taken her to England, the Middle East, U.S.A., and Indonesia. She has a MA in Dance and Movement from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, 12 years teaching at The University of Calgary and Lethbridge and 15 years as a high school dance and yoga teacher. Along with extensive dance background she has worked in cross-cultural investigation of dance, mask, and theatre often using improvisation skills as a catalyst. Students described her work as intensely personal and at the same time personally liberating. Betty is thrilled to be a part of the Loose Moose International Improvisation School.

MASK COURSE - PINCIPLE INSTRUCTOR

STEVE JARAND
Steve has been a member of Loose Moose Theatre Company since 1987. When not improvising, he performs children’s nature theatre in schools, mountain parks, museums and zoos. Steve also travels extensively looking for new cultural experiences and attending meditation retreats. Beginning mask work 1998, Steve established the Loose Moose Mask Group and has been collaborating and teaching with Keith Johnstone at home and abroad. Each year he teaches masks as well as Impro on tours of Europe and beyond.

For more information please contact us.

E-mail: mail@loosemoose.com
PH: (1) 403-269-1444

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