Last year in July, I went to the Manila Improv Festival with The Improv Company on a four-day improv-packed trip. (I posted updates on instagram but didn’t write about it at all on the blog.) There, I watched lots of improv shows, took several workshops and performed in two shows.
I was still pretty green then, having done my first official show three months prior. Before that, I wasn’t a good player, preferring to hang around the curtain, afraid to take the step out.
But being in the Festival changed me.
It was Day 3. I’ve watched so many shows my brain was saturated with improv like a wet sponge. It was fun being in the improv vacuum. Almost every conversation was improv-related. Almost everything I saw was improv-related. In this safe space, improv was the norm instead of The Other.
When seasoned players did their shows (in their best form), everything felt like magic. There’s no script but everything felt natural. So this is what trusts looks like.
I didn’t want to break the spell and return to the other normal.
Being at the Manila Improv Festival also gave me a chance to see improv beyond where I started, beyond the few players I always see on stage. I felt like the frog in the well who finally leapt out and saw how big the world actually is.
From there, I had an improv growth spurt. The improvisers, especially those who do improv full time, inspired me. If they could make improv their job, I could at least be more brave in my practice and shows.
Singapore Improv Festival is coming
That’s why I’m really excited about the Singapore Improv Festival from 3 to 5 June 2016. I hope to experience the improv vacuum again, with days full of doing and watching.
For you all who just want to watch the shows, this is a good chance to see practically all of Singapore’s improv teams perform. Besides The Improv Company’s house teams (two of which I’m in), they’re inviting external improv teams in the country. (There are more than you think.)
If you’re curious, it’ll be a good chance to chat with the improvisers too about why we do what we do. You probably can throw a stone and hit an improviser.
There will be workshops for the public and improvisers. Do come and join the workshops if you’re curious about doing it yourself.
Early bird tickets are now available on Peatix: sgimprovfest.peatix.com.
Have you watched improv or do you watch improv? What would you like to see at The Singapore Improv Festival, let me know in the comments.