IMPRO Amsterdam features top improv talent from around the globe

IMPRO Amsterdam features top improv talent from around the globe

Once a year, Amsterdam becomes a mini-Edinburgh, featuring its very own international performing arts festival IMPRO Amsterdam. It’s a small-scale event, but word has it you really can learn massive things. This year’s workshops for foreign improvs are all sold out, which could be a telling sign that the 19th edition of the IMPRO Amsterdam festival might be a high calibre event. IMRO Amsterdam takes place from January 23th – 28th, 2017 in the Compagnietheater and participants convene from all over the world. As do audiences. Alongside the main performances there are late-night shows, open stages and various after parties.

One of the great things about this festival taking place in Amsterdam is that, unlike at the Edinburgh International Festival, you will be able to find a place to stay with relative ease, as this event does not take over the entire city. Simply book a reasonably priced apartment at Amsterdam Apartments and you’ll be able to concentrate on the things that matter.

Those who sorely miss out on the three workshops by Salvador Jiménez, Jacob Banigan and Jim Libby, (Mexican, Austrian and American performers, respectively), can make up for this by participating in the IMPRO talks. The annual event is organised by Theatersport Vereniging Amsterdam (TVA), one of the oldest impro groups in The Netherlands, and certainly the largest.

This year, the players include Snatch Comedy from Ireland, a group which specialises in their very own version of many famous impro short form games which are lightning fast and feature bizarre characters and situations. Additionally, they created many themselves and will be eager to show this off at IMPRO Amsterdam.

A Mexican group called ImproTOP will perform a Mariachi style improv.  This performance promises to be exotic as ImproTOP appears to nibble from the Mexican tradition of the golden era of Mexican cinema, as well as from Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. To round it all off, the fun is underscored with Mexican music.

The Austrian group Rocket Sugar Factory, which won the Fast Food Münich Impro Cup as well as Theatersport Berlin’s ImproCup/Impromania, have a distinct impro style you don’t see often. Their repertoire includes an impro board game (a global first, they claim) and their latest show On This Date, has seen sold out venues in various international cities. The actors have  tremendous experience which stretches over decades and thousands of shows.

The American performers the Raving Jaynes are all about dance and theatrical improvisation, physicality which is entirely spontaneous and has sympathies for yoga techniques.

Visit the Impro Amsterdam website for more information and tickets. You will find the Compagnietheater in the Kloveniersburgwal, in central Amsterdam.