The Improvisation Summer Course was created as a platform for artists to gather and create real time interdisciplinary compositions towards live public performances. The artists who are registered on the Improvisation Summer Course come from all over the world and have various backgrounds in music, dance, performance art, acting and other related educations.
The aim of this course is to encourage collaboration among artists, interdisciplinary practice and research towards real time composition with the question “What is your relationship to public”?
Every morning there is a three hour Body Work and Music Theatre Workshops with Katie Duck.
Every afternoon there are three and a half hour guided rehearsals with Katie Duck and real time light designer Ellen Knops, individual rehearsals and technical rehearsals.
Every weekend “Freakatoni Witchy Weekends” is held on the Friday and Saturday evenings at the OT301, in the Studio 1 theatre and in the adjoining Bar. The evenings are supported by the Amsterdam Crew, MC artist Xenia Perek and Ellen Knops (Light design).
Here is a visual timetable of the daily work on the Summer course Visual schedule
Go here to find more about the structure of the performance evenings and the daily Process towards Performances
You can register to do one, two or three weeks on the Summer Course Program towards Performances.
Summer Course staff 2020:
Alongside the daily program towards performances, two hour workshops are offered in the evenings on Monday weeks one and two and on the Tuesday and Wednesday weeks one, two and three. Four hour workshops are offered on the Sunday afternoons weeks one and two.
These workshops are led by seasoned music, dance and performance artists who have a hunger to continue their research and practice in improvisation towards real time compositions. The workshops are open to the public with a reduced price for anyone registered on the Improvisation Summer Course.
Location of the Improvisation Summer Course Amsterdam: OT301 Cultural Center
Overtoom 301 / 1054 HW Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Link to routes
The OT301 was squatted by artists in Amsterdam in the early 2000’s. Two years later is was legitimised as a sub Culture Centre for diverse community and international art activities including experimental music, theatre, poetry, visual art, dance, film, workshops and classes.
The building is in old west central Amsterdam, with an Art Deco decor rumbled between the constant renovations and graffiti. The building has four floors of ateliers, movement and dance studios, galleries, cinema, theatre for live performances and sound/recording studios. It is set right on the Vondel park, the largest park in the city.
The Improvisation Summer Course daily work and the performances takes place on the ground floor Studio 1 theatre space and Bar (ground floor). The studio 1 theatre is a fully a equipped theatre connected to the Bar by two large doors. The Bar is the lounge area where the second part of the performances takes place, and audiences gather for drinks. We add the Gallery studio (ground floor) and the Bodlabot studio (first floor) for the individual rehearsals.
Lunch is served daily and a dinner on the Monday, exclusively for the Summer Course participants, in de Pepper (ground floor OT301 building). It is open to the public for dinner on the Friday and Saturday Freakatoni Witchy Weekend evenings. De pepper exist on the policy to not set their fee for a meal. They ask that you pay what ever it is you can afford.