IMPRO Amsterdam and the importance of play

It is only one week ago that I stepped out on stage to do the last show of the wonderful improvisation festival “IMPRO Amsterdam”. But right now it feels more and more like a distant dream, lingering just out of reach. Yet, only two days in to the festival it felt like it would never end. It was an intense and emotional week that will take some time to process. Each year the IMPRO Amsterdam festival creates a mixed ensemble by putting together representatives of different impro groups around the world. This ensemble of international improvisers then spend the week teaching workshops and playing shows together on the main stage. Each group also gets a slot to showcase their own format. This year the ensemble consisted of representatives from: Big Bang (USA), Folie á Deux (UK), Gbgimpro (Sweden), Os Improváveis (Portugal), Patti Stiles (Australia), Picnic Impro (Colombia + Canada) and the Dutch cast who are chosen through an audition process. I’m very thankful for getting the opportunity to be part of the ensemble this year, to [...]