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Compassion & Empathy - The tool guide for the Improv Artiste by Rajesh PI

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 2:00PM - 5:00PM
MyBoTree , south bangalore
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'Acting is about making the other actor look good on stage'! This is the basis of Rajesh P.I's acting approach. 'When you make the other actor look good, you automatically look good too.' This synergy between fellow actors of giving and taking can lead to some fantastic improv and even great theatre. When the Improv actor approaches her/his work with a sense of awareness of the 'other', magic can happen. It can transform the quality of the Improv. It can take you down a path that you never knew existed. You discover facets within you which you never believed was even there. You begin to touch your audience in ways that you never thought possible and then you become a pioneer, a leader, a change agent, your Improv can then breathe and leave the audience mesmerized.

About the instructor:

Rajesh P.I is a theatre trainer and acting coach for the last 25 years. He started his career in 1993 and initially juggled between theatre and a day job. In 2000, he took the plunge to do theatre full time and has not looked back at a corporate career ever since. He co-founded Script Peoples Theatre in 1995 and the group went on to run the Theatre In Education Department at Christ University.

In 2015, Rajesh left his earlier theatre group and founded The Actors Collective, Over the years, he has directed and acted in numerous plays. But Rajesh is better known as a theatre trainer. He has trained thousands of participants over the years. He has also forayed into cinema and has essayed key roles in 1 Indie film (Twenty Plus, 2001), 1 Malayalam film (Rockstar, 2015), 4 Kannada films (Last Bus, 2016), (Road King, the first ever film to be shot on Skype - Under Production), (Mataash, Under Production), (Chase, Under Production). Rajesh's main love is the improv-based theatre form Playback Theatre.

This theatre form that plays back audience real-life stories in real-time is what is closest to his heart. Started in 1975, Playback Theatre is today a global movement spanning more than 60 countries around the world. He started practising this form in 2000 and is today one of the leading exponents of this form in India. His group performs twice every month and have developed a perfect synthesis between real-life story, form and metaphor in a way that makes improv a heartfelt experience for the audience.

Rajesh is the India Representative of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN). In 2019 his group will host the International Playback Theatre Conference along with Christ, Deemed to be University. This once in four years event which will attract hundreds of Playbackers from around the world is coming to India for the very first time. Improv for Rajesh is more than just technique, it is a way of life which encompasses compassion, empathy and the universal connectedness of the human spirit.

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MyBoTree 3rd floor, 5th Cross Road, 25, 60 Feet Rd, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095
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It all started in April this year, when I first saw ICB perform at their show Mashprov. I was introduced to a new form of theatre and art form which I vaguely remembered from having seen a single episode of Whose Line is it Anyway. But this, this was real. There was Abhishek, the brilliant host (the best one in ICB) who did an amazing job in explaining this art form and the many acts of the show captivating us in the process. Lavanya, who just amazed me with her expressive acting and improv skills. Balasree, whose sarcasm and perfect timing added to the charm. Sneha, who just owned the game “New Choice” with her absurd, funny and interesting choices. Then there was Akhil, who just took it to the next level by playing some grumpy politician in a gameshow. I’ve never laughed so much before.
So began my love for ICB, and my love for improv. I had immense respect and admiration for every single person in ICB after seeing them perform. Over time, I met the other amazing artists of the group. Vaishnavi, who could slay you on stage without a sweat if needed. Aarti, who could get into any character with her own fun style (Loved the one where she and Nasir played grumpy parents with

Lavanya and Sahil as the kids in a game of “Story Story Die”). 

But these were just the tip of the iceberg. Just when I thought this couldn’t get any better, I was introduced to two of the senior members of ICB, Rohit and Nasir.
The show was Improv Mayhem, also featuring an amazing Improv artist from japan, Christiane Brew. Although every single one of them performed really well, you could clearly see the magic that Rohit and Nasir had together when they performed. And that’s the show I became a big fan of Rohit.

Then came ICB’s next amazing ensemble, The Adamant Eve’s. The all-women improv group, featuring another great senior improviser from ICB, Madhu. She’s a true actor, you can see it in the way she expresses herself. This show really upped ICB’s game a notch and they even added a musical element to it. I had tears of laughter during the show. Too much fun. The girls were amazing!

And finally, the latest show by ICB, “Improvised Tales with ICB”. Something new, something wonderful. The show was hilarious. Rohit was may favourite, again. Balasree, killed it with her amazing keyboard and musical skills. The musical element for this show was exceptional. The tales like taking a boring “fairy tale” suggestion from the audience and giving it a “desi twist” was brilliance and just hysterical. And as usual, these guys up their level every single time. I measure their shows by how much I cry laughing during their show, and this show, I cried the most. 

I've been to all of ICB's shows since I came to know about. I enjoyed their shows then, and I continue to love and admire their work even now.

Can’t wait for the next one!
- by Faraz MR for Improvised Tales with ICB - With Improv Comedy Bangalore organized by ICBangalore .

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