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Beatrix Brunschko

Samstag & Sonntag  10 Uhr - The power of the ants

Dauer 12 Stunden

Workshopsprache: englisch

Level: Masterclass

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The power of the ants - WS08

... or what happens when we do what ants do!


If you give a pile of soil to an ant colony, they will turn it into an ant metropolis with an impressive skyline within a week. Millions of little ants together create a complex, fascinating, functioning society without orderly guidance or planning. Everything they do results from the direct interaction between each individual. They constantly react to external stimuli and unconditionally follow what their immediate work colleagues are doing. They just do what ants are able to do and let us be amazed observers from the outside, who can watch how a large, collectively created work of art is created and how the life of ants writes its stories.


The behavior, strengths and abilities of the ants are the inspiration for this workshop and will be role models for us improvisers on stage when we work together as a collective to create a piece of theater from nothing. We will concentrate on the essential, central and only important improv skills and bring them into our work focus. We will really listen to our fellow players and really look them in the eye, follow them unconditionally and exclusively. We will react honestly and genuinely to what is happening in the moment when we make eye contact with our teammates. We won't initiate anything, offer anything, invent anything, just work with what already exists at the moment when 2 or more people meet on stage. We will move from moment to moment until we reach the end, whenever and wherever that will be.

At this end we will leave the stage and look back at the many scenes and stories that have emerged because we have only gotten into the interaction with our partners: inside at the moment, followed them and just done what Impro players should do it when they are working on their improv (building) works. Follow one another - like ants….

Please note: this workshop requires very close body contact (e.g. speaking loudly with the faces very close, body-hugging exercises in the group, etc.). By registering for this workshop, the participants declare that they agree to this. Should the workshop not be able to take place due to corona-related circumstances, Beatrix Brunschko will teach the workshop "The freedom of an empty stage" instead. The participants will be informed by September 15, 2021 which workshop will be held.

The freedom of an empty stage:

The improv stage is an empty stage. When we enter it, we have the absolute
Freedom to decide which coat to wear, which shoe to wear
attract, which situation we expose ourselves to, which arena we enter, which
theatrical means we choose, what content we examine, what attitude we
ingest and depict. We alone decide how radically we are present, how
very much we involve our private selves, make ourselves vulnerable and permeable, ourselves
express political opinions and take a stand. We alone can decide which means and
Shapes and aesthetics of the theatrical world we use to make a piece improvised
To create theater.

This responsibility rests entirely with us. We all have freedom in this stage world
to define what our improvised theater should look like.
And now hand on heart:
How often do we use this freedom that this unique stage situation offers us? As
we often tell stories that are unique in terms of content, aesthetics and form,
because they are based on biographies, life experiences, attitudes, fantasies,
social and political contexts of the people who are fed by this
Suspend the process with relish? How often do we help ourselves frankly and freely from the diversity theatrical means that we as actors / directors / dramaturges to
To be available?
And how often do we reproduce and vary them over and over again
standardized, universal, global structures, rules, characters, narrative forms and
Playing a form of theater that was defined more than 60 years ago and partly
is still copyrighted to this day?
What can improv want and be allowed to do? In times like these ... Let's find out!

More about Beatrix

Beatrix Brunschko ist seit 1990 Ensemblemitglied des Theater im Bahnhof (TiB) in Graz, wo sie bis heute als Regisseurin und Schauspielerin arbeitet und seit 2000 die künstlerische Leitung des Improvisationstheaters des TiB inne hat.


Seit 2002 ist sie Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz, Abteilung Schauspiel. Sie unterrichtet schauspielerischen Grundunterricht, Improvisation, Ensemblearbeit sowie Rollen- und Szenenstudium.
Im Studienjahr hatte sie 2012/13 eine Gastprofessur für Schauspiel inne.

Seit 2011 arbeitet sie regelmäßig als Lehrbeauftragte an der Universität für angewandte Kunst in Wien und an der Pädogogischen Hochschule Niederösterreich im Lehrgang Theaterpädagogik


Sie leitet zahlreiche Improworkshops in Österreich Deutschland, der Schweiz sowie in Schweden, Litauen, Tschechien, Slowenien, Spanien, den Niederlanden, in Canada, Australien und den USA. Sie ist regelmäßig Gast auf den vielen Improfestivals weltweit.

Seit 2021 unterrichtet sie online Kurse für Improvisation und Figurenentwicklung an den Improschulen der Gorillas, Berlin, Unexpected Productions in Seattle , die Pädagogische Hochschule Wien sowie für die Onlineplattform IFO.


Seit 2004 ist sie Ensemblemitglied des internationalen Improkollektivs „The Orcas Island Project“ unter der Leitung von Randy Dixon, Unexpected Productions/Seattle. Seit 2009 Mitglied des Sport vor Ort – Teams des Theaters an der Gumpendorferstraße in Wien. Sie arbeitet im europäischen Ensemble „Our Lives“ und seit 2019 mit „Mary Shelleys Mothers“ und „Den Schwestern“ - 2 international agierenden feministischen Improkollektiven.


Sie ist regelmäßig in Film und Fernsehen zu sehen, führte Co-Regie bei der wöchentlichen TV-Talkshow "Demokratie - die Show" und war eine der 5 RegisseurInnen des von der EU-geförderten internationalen Improfilmprojektes "Should I stay or should I go".

2020 war sie in „Kasimir und Karoline 2020- Das Ende der Arbeit“ im Theater im Bahnhof zu sehen. 2021 entwickelte sie zusammen mit ihrem Partner Jacob Banigan die improvisierte Online Serie „Die Serienjunkies - Unheimlich“. Zur Zeit arbeitet sie für die kommende Spielsaison an einem weiteren Web-Format mit dem Titel „Ich möchte im Sturm der Liebe landen“.