Attaining flow in our improv requires several levels of safety and trust. This Podcast addresses these levels in a fun conversation filled with stories and Theory.
Show notes by Thomas Trinh
LEVEL ONE is feeling safe and trusting the ensemble, crowd, tech, stage, etc. . .
– An acclimation period is needed for performing, if green or in a new space.
– Trust is the ultimate act of control – giving control, not losing it.
– Two improvisers work best when they think as one person with one stream of thought. Not two and two. Idt is best not to process their thoughts differently thank you process your own thoughts.
– Stop noisy self-talk in your head – creates space for external information
– Reduce ego to improve connectivity and acceptance
LEVEL TWO – Having enough skill to match the challenge
– The higher level of play is directly proportional to the amount of ability ingrained in the subconscious
– Fundamentals+any additional ability creates for faster play, cuts out the process time the more you work from your subconscious, Muscle memory
– Future thought cancels/delays present action, filling conscious mind, negates flow
– Flow = Set skills + Focus/presence/attention
– Viola Spolin’s No motion – Take time to live and notice the environment, your partner, and yourself. Meditative
– Playing yourself can be more difficult, because of self-expectation and whether or not you would commit a certain act
– Permission, another form of trust and safety. Knowing your actions/knowledge/skill are allowed and welcomed
– Diversity (race, sexual orientation, class, etc) – each identifying feature becomes an obstacle to safety and obtaining flow. The less privilege, safety, and permission one feels/has off stage is a possible unfortunate disruption facing any marginalized people. People don’t accept me out there, how am I supposed to get them to accept me on stage.
– You will inhibit your own flow without feeling external trust, but also without internal trust. Trusting in your own ability to provide everything that is needed.
– Trusting your subconscious, trust in unfiltered acceptance.
– Every choice/point of attention (skill, diversity, character) – added filter possible of distraction of flow
– Work on one thing at a time. Just like a computer runs best processing less.