BIF days 2018

At BIF days (22nd to 25th of March) you can choose one of the three offered BIF days workshops (11 hours). You can see as many shows of the IMPRO as you like (also in the first festival days before the BIF days start). You participate in a panel-discussion about the European project Our Lives. You can join the Open Stage of all BIF-participants. You are invited to the closing party of the IMPRO.

BIF days Workshops

All BIF days workshops are held in English, with a maximum of 12 participants each. 

Basic skills in improvisation are necessary, preferably a minimum of two years of impro experience.

All workshops will take place at JugendKulturZentrum PUMPE, Lützowstr. 42, 10785 Berlin-Mitte.



March 2018



Welcome-Meeting at Ratibor

Welcome-Meeting (Ratibor Theater) with Coffee & Cake to get information, festival-passes and to know each other.


20:00 or 20:30

Show of IMPRO 2018

Our Lives format
followed by a talk with the director



March 2018


11:00 - 15:00


4 hours



Panel about Our Lives

Maja Dekleva Lapajne, Christoph Jungmann and Marie Wellmann talk about the international impro project


20:00 or 20:30

Show of IMPRO 2018

Please choose from the festival schedule



March 2018


11:00 - 15:00


4 hours



Open Training

at "Die Pumpe"



Final Show of IMPRO 2018

at English Theatre Berlin





March 2018


11:30 - 14:15


2:45 hours



Jam Session

at Bühnenrausch


Out of my life

Beatrix Brunschko, Graz, Austria

What if, say, the waiter/waitress we play by request of the audience had exactly the same morning routine in the bathroom as oneself and later, after work met up with the same friends in the same bar as oneself, and if he/she owned and used the same things as oneself? What if we open up our daily lives to create the improvised life of this waiter/waitress? What if this fictitious character was free to help himself/herself to the riches of our personal experiences and observations, if his/her short stage life was drawn from our wealth of experience? What if this is what we were to explore? Let’s find out!

»Improvisation for me is all about trust. Trust in the moment, my partner, myself, the audience and trust in the magic, power and strength of this art form.« (Beatrix Brunschko)

The lives of others

Henk van der Steen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

There are various ways to create characters on stage. In improvisation theatre we very often have to make quick, bold choices. And sometimes there is enough space to discover your character while you are playing it. In this workshop we will dive into various ways to create nice, nasty, beautiful, ugly, average, unusual, believable and stereotypical persons on stage. A lot of those characters you’ve met already, very often. They’re part of your life: your brother, neighbour or favorite bakery-employee. Other characters are hidden somewhere in your body (and can quickly be found!). And others appear spontaneously when you change your voice just a little. Sometimes one bold statement is enough to know who your character is. We will investigate, discover, play, fail and have lots of fun.

»We as improvisers are finders, not searchers. The moment we stop searching, we’ll find our scene, fun and magic.« (Henk von der Steen)


Let me hear your body talk

Alenka Marinič, Ljubljana, Slovenia

When improvisers are asked for self-criticism, they often say »we talked too much in the scene«. Talking is often used to hide insecurities in the character development - so often we are tempted to keep the story going by an excessive use of words. »Let me hear your body talk« will bring our awareness back to the body. Together we will explore what we perceive, what we intrinsically know (in the body) and how we can use this knowledge to our advantage when improvising on stage. You will get to know the fundaments of physical theatre: rhythm, spatial awareness, gesture, breath, body language, levels of presence and - most importantly - how these fundaments can generate play! It is a workshop about what happens and is happening on the stage before words are needed, if we stop and listen!

»I really love impro because it is a celabration of horizontal arraignment instead of hierarchal relationships that we very commonly find in theatre. In impro there are no big writers and directors. There are only players who are playing their hearts out in front of and with the audience!« (Alenka Marinič)



Registration: 235,- Euro

At the IMPRO 2018 all shows from 17th to 25th of March are included in the BIF days fee.

There is the possibility to have lunch at the workshop location on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the additional cost of 20,- Euro.


Die Gorillas/Culturalis

Barbara Wallace

Conditions for participation in the BIF program

Reservation of workshop in order of registration plus receipt of payment.
Transfer of 50% of the workshop fee until Jan 15th of 2018 (first come, first served!), second 50% until February 15th of 2018.
Early Bird: Registration plus receipt of payment of 100% of the workshop fee until Dec 31st.
Participation in the workshops on your own risk, there is no insurance protection by Die Gorillas.
More than 6 weeks before workshops: full refund.
More than 4 weeks before workshops: 75% refund.
4-3 weeks before workshops: 50% refund.
3-2 weeks before workshops: 30% refund.
2-1 week(s) before workshops: 10% refund.
Less than 7 days before workshop: no refund.
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