IMROV

What a lovely semester it has been! This term I took dance, acting and writing and participated once again in the SFU Improv Club.

Through improv I have learned many relevant life lessons, such as “being a yes”, accepting offers, supporting others, going with the flow, having fun, listening, being present and more. It was a really fun time this year as I actively maintained our twitter and facebook, posting QUOTE OF THE WEEK to highlight the best one-liners from our practices.

We hosted three bi-weekly shows at the Highland Pub called Funny Monday’s, where we featured improv and stand up comedy (which I am hoping to try this summer). One of them was 2.0 themed, a dream I have had for a long time.

I also got the chance to perform as part of the festival ensemble at the UBC Impulse Festival where I got to meet some awesome people (including the brother of a guy from a TV show!) and see some innovative improv (including two amazing formats: the EPIC [suggestion: mundane task = half hour adventure] and hostage [three improvisors were taken hostage and given a case of beer, for inspiration the improvisors would yell HOSTAGE and a live Skype feed of the increasingly drunken hostages would play for a while, inspiring the cast to improvise more]).

I am really lucky to have such a funny, awesome group of friends.

The SAN Dance

The SAN Dance

Us and Them

On the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Us and Them,” an interactive show up on by Headlines Theatre.

I as the show began watched the shadows dance under the glow of the sunlight (stage light). The harmonics tickled my ears with their delicate touches of perfections, it was a quiet beauty.

As the opening scenes unfolded I observed many things. When I began looking for differences, they grew to be great and many. I think we see what we want to see. When you look for differences they are infinite. I also saw consumerism get in the way. Quite literally, one character couldn’t see his path over his big screen TV. I see a social irony here….

Also apparent to me were the differences and perspectives in every situation. There is an inside to every window and a room behind each wall.

A large theme that the show presented was the modern differences in gender. Transgendered stigma was explored. It is something that I have only been part of dialogue on recently and I am still learning about issues and challenges faced by transgendered people. This is an area where I am fairly ignorant. Man… Woman… can’t we just be people? I am curious if these issues would exist outside of North American culture.

“We never know what we do.”

– DAVID DIAMOND

Is too much equal to nothing at all?

After the play we engaged in a DIALOGUE. In a dialogue, we suspend judgement and listen to others, even those with whom we don’t agree. This dialogue was centered around hot to build bridges, tear down walls, and stopping putting them up in the first place. The community in the room looked for access points to create these new outcomes.

“Is the wall inside yourself?”

– DAVID DIAMOND

I was left with these conclusions. Laughter, silliness and acknowledgements are the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING. I want to be a celebrator of differences and an empowering force of change in the world : )

US AND THEM runs until Saturday, November 12th. Shows are at 8PM at The Cultch. Dooo it!

US & THEM: the inquiry

 

You’re invited to…

US & THEM: the inquiry.

A THEATRE FOR LIVING WORKSHOP (hosted by Jenni Rempel)

Monday, March 21st at 5:30PM

SFU Burnaby, Room BLU 10021.


WHY DO PEOPLE…

+ Hoard food or money?

+ Over consume with no regard for others or the planet?

+ Racially profile?

+ Witness hardship and even atrocity and not reach out?

+ Plan and carry out the annihilation of cultural or ethnic groups?

+ Pollute someone else’s “back yard”?

+ Drop (so many different kinds of) bombs on people?

+ Turn a blind eye, a deaf ear?


What makes all these, and so many other ways that we compromise the planet’s and humanity’s well-being, possible? The creation, over and over, of “the other”: the creation of the “them” in “us and them”.
If global warming teaches us anything, it must be that on this tiny, fragile blue speck hanging in the middle of a vast nothingness, there is nowhere to go. Inside this reality in which humanity lives, who are “they”? A new revolution is required on the planet. Somehow, we must find a way to let go of our mechanistic need for certainty – our need to know that “we” are right and entitled and therefore “they” must be wrong and not entitled.  We must find a way to relax into the certainty of UNcertainty – to know that in whatever geography, whatever politic, whatever context, there is no certain “them”; there is only an ever-evolving us.


WHAT IS “THEATRE FOR LIVING”?

Theatre for Living has evolved from Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed”. Humans think in metaphor. Theatre is a metaphoric language. Combining this with the immediacy of flesh and blood authentic stories makes theatre a very powerful medium for self-reflection and transformation. Us and Them hopes to live in a territory of what John Paul Lederach calls constructive social change. He defines this in his book The Moral Imagination as:

“…the pursuit of moving relationships from those defined by fear, mutual recrimination, and violence toward those characterized by love, mutual respect, and proactive engagement. Constructive social change seeks to change the flow of human interaction in social conflict from cycles of destructive relational violence toward cycles of relational dignity and respectful engagement.”

In this workshop we will use a technique called The Rainbow of Fear and Desire to explore many impluses present in a single conflict. Workshop participants may be directly involved in the action by performing or may choose to observe and be indirectly involved.

ABOUT THE HOST…

Jenni Rempel is certified by Headlines Theatre, after having completed the Rainbow of Desire Group Workshop Facilitator Training. She comes with a background in leadership, training and over 10 years of theatrical performance and directing experience. She is an SFU Student studying Interactive Art + Technology and Communications.

 

Where’s Waldo FLASHMOB

This Sunday I want to my second flashmob of the year. WHERE’S WALDO! It felt really good to be back doing silly things in public, especially since I missed the impromptu singing on public transit recently!

We went to a book store and entertained the workers who were SUPER CONFUSED! And just being there in general was pretty funny. In the food court I heard some boys saying “I just saw another one! There are so many!”. Made. My. Day.

I was emo waldo haha! “He’s missing, and it makes me feel so blue”. Overall it was really funny and interesting to be part of. My lack of red kind of reminded me when I played the Emo Kid in High School Musical back in grade 11. Good times. It was too bad we never found Waldo, but then I feel like searching for him is half the fun. Do you ever really, truly find Waldo? And if so… what’s next?

Check out these awesome photos of the event!

2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party

What can I say, I am a lover of flash-mobs. It all started last August when I found out about the Zombie Walk via Facebook. I went with my friend Alison and had a really fun time. On Saturday a local group called Vancouver Improv Anywhere hosted the 2010 Silent Skytrain Dance Party and it was super fun time. We met at the VAG and for a while everyone was doing that awkward “I wonder who else is here for the flashmob” thing, but then they pulled out the megaphone and we were off.

To start things off (and later to finish things) they had everyone do a congo line from one platform to the other.

Then we would board a train, do out thing for 4 stops and get off to wait for the next train. It was really entertaining to see people’s reactions. Some people got really pissed off, I remember this one guy started yelling when we got off the train, saying how now he could enjoy his ride in peace. Lots of people whipped out their video cameras and stuff. I considered asking one guy if he was just gonna stare or join us : P

I also met a slew of really cool people. It seems like lots of people that are into musical theatre also like flash-mobs haha! At one point I asked people what music they were dancing too and I met a bunch of Panic! at the Disco fans! I also found out that a bunch of my fellow partiers had been to a bunch of the same concerts as me. I’m always so glad to meet other awesome people!

The guy who hosted it filmed a bunch of stuff so i’ll post that video once it is online, this was taken by another dude. You can see me (3rd in the congo line) at the beginning of the video : P

Overall it was a super awesome experience. After it ended I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw people plugged into their headphones, I kept picturing them dancing : P

Next time i’ll remember not to wear so many layers, phewf! It was a true Vancouver workout.