Program towards Performances


 

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 and accepted 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.

On the Monday of each week, four collaborative groups are formed followed by an intensive weekday schedule of body work, workshop material, improvisation sessions, light design, feedback and individual group rehearsal processes. The weekday schedule is led by Katie Duck (Music Theatre artist) and Ellen Knops (light designer) and allows for time to work all together and for time to work on individual collaborate group pieces.

We have ten Amsterdam based music, dance, acting and performance artists as part of the staff on the course. Three to four of these artists will join groups weekly. The Amsterdam artists have participated within the Summer Course program as staff for a number of years and collaborate throughout the year in sessions, workshops and performances.

The title of the Improvisation Summer Course performances is the “Freakatoni Witchy Weekends” 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 performance artists Xenia Perek as MC and Ellen Knops (Light design). 

Go here to find more about the daily work towards Performances 

You can register to do one, two or three weeks on the Summer Course Program towards Performances. 

 

Staff:

Katie Duck   Music Theatre

Ellen Knops real time Light Design

Amsterdam based artists staff

 

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 who is attending the Program towards Performances.

Workshops 2020

 

 

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. The studio 1 theatre has fully equipped light and sound boards and connected to the Bar by two large doors. The Bar is the lounge space where the second part of the performances takes place, and audiences gather for drinks.

 

Timetable / Visual schedule 

Monday

10:00-11:00 Movement session

11:00-13:00 Form groups (Katie)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-18:00 Studies towards performance weekend (Katie)

18:00 dinner 

Workshops:

19:30-21:30 Lighting Workshop (Ellen Knops) Studio 1 week 1 and week 2

Tuesday

10:00-11:00 Warm up (Local staff artists)

11:00-13:00 Studies towards weekend performances (Katie)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-18:00 Studies towards performance weekends (Katie and Ellen)

18:00 Dinner

Workshops:

19:00-21:00 / Noortje Kohn Alexander Technique Workshop Studio 1 week 1 / week 2 Maria Mavridou  / week 3 TBA 

19:00-21:00 Music workshop Bar week 1 TBA / week 2 TBA / week 3 TBA

Wednesday

10:00-11:00 Movement session (Local staff artists)

11:00-13:00 Studies towards weekend performances (Katie)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-18:00 Rehearsals in separate studios Studio 1, Bar, Bodlabot, Gallery

18:00 Dinner

Workshops:

19:00-21:00 Performance workshop Studio 1 week 1 TBA / week 2 TBA  / week 3 TBA  

19:00-21:00 Music Theatre workshop Bar week 1 TBA / week 2 TBA / week 3 TBA

Thursday 

10:00-11:00 Movement session (Local staff artists)

11:00-13:00 Studies towards weekend performances (Katie) 

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-18:00 technical rehearsal Friday groups (Ellen Knops)Studio 1

14:00-18:00 rehearsals in separate spaces Saturday’s groups Bodlab, Gallery

18:00 Dinner 

Friday 

10:00-13:00 warm up (Katie)

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Technical rehearsal for the Friday Bar event (Local staff artists) Bar

14:30-19:00 over-all preparations for the evening performance

20:00-23:00 Freakatoni performance studio 1 and Bar

Saturday 

13:00-17:00 Alexander Technique sessions and Massage appointments Katie’s studio

13:00-15:00 Technical Freakatoni Saturday studio 1 (Ellen and Ksinga)

15:00-17:00 technical Freakatoni Saturday Bar (Staff)

17:00-19:00 set up for Freakatoni studio 1 and Bar

20:00-23:00 Freakatoni performance Studio 1 and Bar

Sunday 

Workshops and individual sessions:

13:00-17:00 Individual Alexander Technique sessions and Massage appointments Katie’s studio

12:00-16:00 Performance workshop Studio 1 week 1 TBA / week 2 TBA 

Week 3 is the same as weeks 1 and 2 except that there is no workshops on the Monday.