FLIEGENDE FUNKEN WORKHOPS – SIGN UP NOW!

Register now for the workshops at Fliegende Funken – International Festival for Improvised Theater from 19.-22. November 2020 in the Pusdorf Studios Bremen!

TEACHERS & PERFORMERS:

STEPHEN DAVIDSON
Stephen Davidson is the Artistic Director of Improvable, QI: Queer Improv, Carmen: A gender-swapped Film Noir Fantasy, Love and Misinformation: An Improvised Play in the style of Caryl Churchill, and of Zeal: The Pride Improv Festival. Stephen teaches improv through Improvable and the Nursery Theatre, with the Free London Improv Project, and is also a diversity officer for Hoopla Improv. He has taught and performed all over the world. When coaching and directing improv he prides himself on creating a positive environment so that players can perform at their best.

This year we have concentrated everything on three fantastic workshop leaders who offer you a wide range of topics. LENA BREUER from Cologne shows you in SWITCH on Friday what we can take from the world of television for the improv stage. On Saturday and Sunday you can find out with BEATRIX BRUNSCHKO from Graz in THE POWER OF ANTS what we as improvisers can learn from the collaborative behaviour of ants. Or you can push your boundaries with STEPHEN DAVIDSON from London in IMPROVISING GENDER – be vulnerable, brave and try something new. On Sunday, Stephen takes you on a journey into the world of objects and their emotional weight in OBJECTS THAT MATTER.

 

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TEACHERS & PERFORMERS:

BEATRIX BRUNSCHKO
Beatrix Brunschko ist seit 1990 Ensemblemitglied des Theater im Bahnhof in Graz, wo sie bis heute als Regisseurin und Schauspielerin arbeitet und seit 2000 die künstlerische Leitung des Improvisationstheaters inne hat. Seit 2002 unterrichtet sie an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. Wenn sie nicht gerade in Österreich ist, bereist Beatrix Europa und die Welt, um zu spielen und zu unterrichten.

LENA BREUER
Lena Breuer ist Schauspielerin, Journalistin, Produzentin, Trainerin, Organisationstalent, Foodie aus Leidenschaft, selbstständig. Sie arbeitet aus Köln heraus für verschiedene deutsche Ensembles, produziert ihre eigene Veranstaltungsreihe “Impro Köln” und ist Mitgründerin des ersten volldigitalen Impro Fest Online. Sie liebt echte, emotionale Szenen, Geschichten mit Haltung und großartigen Blödsinn auf der Bühne.

The Fliegende Funken Festival celebrates improv in its many different styles from around the world. In recent years, artists have came from Ljubljana and Los Angeles, from London and Tel Aviv, from New York and Mainz. All these renowned teachers and exciting performers have shown what improvisation can be: comedy and performance art, patient and organic exploration or quick and hilarious improvised sketches.

 

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RANDOM (Théâtre de L'Oignon)
Random is an improv show in the style of Pure Improv. Random is a messy playground for these grown-up children that actors are and an open window on their imaginative power. Random is a freeform Improv Show. From no suggestion, actors and musicians bring you on board into different universes, discovered in front of you, from spontaneously created scenographies.
THEY DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT!
They Don’t Know the Half of it! is a London-based show, pairing a scripted actor with an unscripted improviser with the specific focus of achieving a seamlessly harmonious performance between the two ephemeral collaborators. The troupe consists of professional actors and improvisers, predominantly graduates of the MA Acting programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Nursery Originals cast members from The Nursery Theatre, as well a West End Actors.

By the way: In addition to fantastic workshops, we have shows with international and national improvers.

Friday is our German-speaking evening with STUPID LOVERS from Bremen / Karlsruhe, NORDVIBES from Hamburg and WONDER WOMEN from Berlin.

 

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MOVE OVER BABY (Stupid Lovers)
In diesem Stück bringen zwei schlichte Stühle in immer neuen Konstellationen dramatische Situationen hervor, kleine Mosaike der Hoffnung, dass irgendetwas bleiben könnte, während Alles rutscht und prekär wird. Gunter Lösel und Nicole Erichsen begeben sich auf eine turbulente Reise in die geheimen Wünsche von Menschen, die, wenn schon nicht in der großen Welt, dann wenigstens bei ihrem Gegenüber bleibende Spuren hinterlassen wollen.
NORDVIBES
Wild, frei und skurril! Die NordVibes aus Hamburg bringen eine Mischung aus echter Verletzlichkeit und absurder Comedy auf die Bühne. Mal spannend, mal verdreht zeigen sie Eindrücke von, mit, über und unter Frauen – direkt aus dem Leben auf die Bühne. Improtheater mit Zeit für echte Menschen, Momente und Gesang. Diese reine Frauengruppe zeigt Haltung, aber hält sich mit nichts zurück!

On Saturday is our English-speaking evening with our SCENEPARTNERS comprised of our workshop teachers STEPHEN DAVIDSON and BEATRIX BRUNSCHKO from London/Graz, THEY DON’T KNOW THE HALF OF IT from London and COMPAGNIE THÉ TRE DE L’OIGNON from Strasbourg.

WONDER WOMEN
Zwei Frauen, ein Auftrag. Was bedeutet es, heutzutage eine Frau zu sein? Inspiriert von den Vorschlägen ihres Publikums entwickeln Wonder Women weibliche Charaktere, die mitten im Leben stehen, die kämpfen, leiden, lebendig sind und es genießen, eine moderne Frau zu sein. Eine Show nicht nur für Frauen!

Fliegende Funken: Testimonials

This festival brings different people from different approaches to meet, exchange ideas and participate in mutual challenges. It is diverse in a wonderful way and therefor is a celebration of humanity and connection through performance art.

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Inbal Lori Tel Aviv/Berlin, PLAYING WITH THE ENEMY

The Fliegende Funken-Festival is built around a community of warm, intelligent, hilarious artists. Their collective passion to take risks and push the boundaries of what improv typically looks like was extraordinary. The organizers, staff and performers were all top-notch. Highly recommended!

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Jason Shotts LA, Performer in ``Dummy``

This festival is one of the best we've ever been lucky enough to attend. The hosts and organizers are completely generous and kind--there's no shortage of hospitality from everyone running the fest. The spaces for performances and classrooms are very good and the city of Bremen is beautiful. From the other performers and teachers to the staff and students, it was an immensely pleasurable and enriching experience!

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Colleen Doyle LA, Performer in Dummy