About Gosia Rózalska
improviser and teacher from the north of Poland. Doing improv since 2004, as one of the first in Poland (she loves the fact, that they had no idea what they were doing and they had to discover every step). Her first group was W Gorącej Wodzie Kompani, right now you can see her for example in projects like “Abordaz” duo/trio, “7 Women of Different Ages” which she directs, “Muzalians” – improv/dance/beatbox project, “Young Improv” and Improv Theatre at University of Gdansk, where she teaches and directs. Besides living improv life, she graduated Film Directing in Gdynia Film School, Photography at Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and Cultural Studies at University of Gdansk – and she loves mixing all her arts with improv. She has her own company, she’s Polish improv-Mama and she writes a blog about improv (www.rozalska.com). She’s a part of international Ohana group, and she’s conquering the world, starting with Seattle International Festival of Improv, IMPRO Amsterdam, Olymprov in Athens, Big IF in Barcelona, Sofia International Improv Fest, WIP Workimprogress (Italy), Improfestival Mainz, soon Improvention in Canberra, Autralia. She’s been teaching in Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany, soon Spain and Australia. She’s a big nerd, and she’s been working with teachers from all over the world (For example: Randy Dixon, Joe Bill, Susan Messing, Rachael Mason, Jason Geary, Glen Hall, Anders Fors, Jay Sukow, Tara deFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto, Jacob Banigan, Uncalled4, Gael Perry, Dan Seyfried, Liz Peters, Kaci Beeler, Neil Curran, Flavien Reppert, Victoria Bang, Jochem Meijer, Laura Doorenweerd, Timothee Ansieau, Sinimaria Tomperi, Enna-Matilda Kukkola and basically whole Ohana team of teachers) and she’ll never stop. In improv she seeks for freedom, adventure, and she always wants more. In workshops she believes, that improv can make people fight the feeling of Not Being Good Enough, and show them, that all the creativity and spontaneity and ability to listen with curiousity, we have in us, let us shine. She loves to teach. She believes, also based on herself, that improv can make you better. She treats improv as art., but it can also be a tool of self-developent.
Friday: 2pm - 5pm
Is improv theatre, or cabaret, i sit art, or entertainment, or everything combined, it’s improviser’s choice and everyone can answer differently. But what we can all agree on, is that improv is a muscle. And muscle needs to be trained, to be strong and flexible. This workshop is a training. And I will make you sweat. Impossible warm-ups, disconnecting body and mind, burning the brain, and switching it off and on, combo-exercises. No discussion. No storytelling. Improv gym. Improv crossfit.
Women Who Run With The Wolves
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Workshop inspired by the book with the same title by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. This workshop is about women and for women (and those who identify as women) only . The Wild Woman is a part of each and every one of us. You can find her in stories, myths, fairy tales since the beginning of humankind. That's the spirit full of power, creativity, joy and instincts. Our times are confusing and unbalanced. Let's take a step back and work through female archetypes on what we show on stage today. How do we use our powers, and do we REALLY use them in improv? Get inspired by the stories, and connect to our primal wildness to create truthful female characters and let's not be afraid of power, love, anger, revenge, compassion, and other energies, that we hold back too often
I'm With You
Sunday: 10am - 1pm
“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak” – said Epictetus, and that became a motto of my first improv group and stayied in my head. Are you searching for a magical way to make every format and every ensembe work? Well, you got it. Under your nose. Or next to it. Listen. And react. How exactly use in practice the popular saying “Let your partner shine”? How not to be afraid of playing with a stranger-improviser? How to play a format, that you’ve never heard of? How to offer yoursef, but not to jump on your partner? How to not let others to cross your boundaries, when the situation gets out of control? In this workshop you will jump on the sledge of the scene with your partner and slide, without stopping on the way. And when you’re done, you’ll hi5, even if you’ve never seen each other before.