• Improvisation

    Drama for self discovery

Improvisation and theatre games captures the interest of young and old alike. Like magic, improvisation is the art of appearing to create something out of nothing. This weekend retreat will introduce you to the basics of improvisation. You will build self confidence, and explore different ways of expressing yourself, in a relaxing and playful environment.

All you need for participating in this retreat is bucketload of enthusiasm and willingness to let go and have fun. You will explore and develop important skills such as listening, quick-thinking, risk-taking and self-confidence: skills that will help you in your daily life.

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This retreat is ideal those who wish to express themselves better, and especially for those working in the corporate environment and wanting to advance in their careers by breaking old patterns of self defeat and low self confidence.

No prior experience in theatre or drama in necessary to attend this retreat. You will learn to build interpersonal skills and take the opportunity to develop creativity, confidence, spontaneity and self expression.

Improvisation is a great way to develop trust and support risk taking through games and drama exercises. At work, improvisation is a valuable tool for strengthening team building, interpersonal skills and fostering creativity.

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Drama directly engages your identity and your immediate physical body and environment. In so doing, it addresses issues related to self confidence and enables you find different ways to express yourself.

These are experiencial learnings, and you will gain a better understanding of yourself in situations related to interpersonal communication and group dynamics.

You will experience an opening with yourself, and the Retreat will provide the foundation for any deeper work related to improvisation and theatre.

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Elke Vankoert will facilitate this retreat. She discovered theatre and improvisation after moving to Auroville in 2006. Until then, Elke's passion had been classical dance, but after participating in a Shakespeare production in 2008 her passion shifted to theatre.

While taking part in theatre productions and musicals she discovered theatre improvisation and since 2012 she has been part of a small Auroville-based improvisation group called Impro Possum.

During this retreat you may also get to know some of the other members of this group: Emanuele Grassi and Véronique Jobard.

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This will take place in Auroville, a place of unending education and an experiment in human unity. Auroville has won international acclaim for its efforts in social and environmental sustainability, and has developed innovative techniques in bodywork & healing.

Auroville is an international community with over 2000 people from around 50 different countries. Located 8km from Pondicherry, 3 hours drive from Chennai city/airport (150km) along the scenic East Coast Road (ECR) and 8 hours by an AC sleeper bus from Bangalore (350km).

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Set in a green-forested area close to the sea, Auroville provides a perfect ambience with its rustic setting, and a creative and vibrant community. Participants will stay within Auroville and travel to different locations throughout their stay, accompanied by our program coordinators. Accommodation, food, transport, hostess for children and other logistics are optional extras, and we can assist you in making the necessary arrangements. Contact us on any of the following: 

Cell: +91-8608217030

Email: info@aurovilleretreat.org

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Day 1: Warm-up activities, partner games, basic scenes with a fair amount of silliness
Day 2: Body position and movement, character development, guessing games and bizarre games