Improvisation! What a life saver! I am so happy I signed up for classes with Estudio Gori Artieda last autumn as I have been learning and loving them. And in Spanish too!
Last Sunday we had a show at Teatre Lloseta with the four courses that are held at this theatre school. Not everyone participated, some couldn’t and some wouldn’t but when teacher Gori informed us in January that we would have a show on 8th March, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. As there were 28 students participating, I was dealt two improvisations – one with sentences in a box and the other called “zapping”.
My mantra in the weeks leading up to the show was “I love being on stage” and my face never tired of smiling when I saw myself there. Impro has helped with my radio show too and I become more confident every time I go in the studio.
After every Monday evening class, sleep was hard to come by as I was buzzing with ideas. The classes have helped me become more observant as now when I am out and about, I am taking in the moment and looking around rather than rushing through with my eyes closed. Walking the dog has become a performance and people must wonder what on earth I am doing when I am waving my arms around pretending to be a tree or an animal!
The icing on the cake of this is that I have made a new group of friends. We went out for dinner last week and I am getting to know some awesome women. I want to start an improv group and I have a feeling I shall be having lots of fun with them in the months, years to come! We are all types and all ages and are doing improvisation for different reasons and each and every one of us is meant to be there.
I feel I have climbed a mountain this past autumn and winter. I was so scared and nervous of trying this “something new” but I pushed myself. I am pushing myself every class by being the first on my feet to try something new. I am not sitting down anymore, this is my time, it is never too late and this time it feels right. I studied drama as part of my Bachelor in Arts degree all those years ago. I would hide at the back of the theatre. I got my degree but I never had the confidence to do any theatre, until now.
I was meant to be on the stage! I am still not sure how or what or when or where but that doesn’t matter anymore. I have a radio show I am proud of, I have my improv classes which are taking me some place I don’t yet know where. I have my words on paper which help ground me and release me at the same time.
Sunday was a night to remember! I was a cockerel, an almond tree, amongst other things! I was a student, a colleague, a performer and an artist and I couldn’t ask for it to be any other way. My friend Cati suggested I am still too much in control and she’s right! Here’s to the next lesson and that is to lose myself in the drama, once and for all!
For drama classes in Spanish Facebook: Buffons Teatre