Jochem Meijer

Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Biography

Jochem Meijer is a 41 year old improviser from Amsterdam. He has been improvising since he was 21. For over 19 years he has made his work of teaching various improv troupes, schools and companies withing the Netherlands and Europe.

He performs every week with his troupe Easylaughs in Amsterdam and is part of various specialized groups. Also he is part of the artistic committee of the impro festival in amsterdam (IMPRO Amsterdam). He loves making people click with each other and focuses on getting the group to a higher level. In his workshops he dominantly focuses on learning trough doing, not talking. So don’t expect to be sitting down in long discussions but to get moving and playing.

Workshops

27/03/2019 - Quentin Tarantino

This Workshop will focus on the work of Quentin Tarantino. 

We will work on the style elements that make scenes looks like Tarantino wrote them. The monologues, the building of suspense, the characters, the way they move from location to location, the over the top violence. After this workshop you will be able to play improvised scenes that look like they could have come out of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

27/03/2019 - 14h-17h
Duration - 3h
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28/03/2019 - Shifting Gears

Improvisational theater comes in many forms, a lot of troupes specialize on a particular style. Some will talk a lot during there scenes, others focus on silence in scenes, some groups love making small talk and others focus purely on the relationships between the characters. What would happen if you would change the style you are playing in in the middle of the scene? That is what you are going to discover in this workshop.

The goal is to shift styles and speeds during the scene. You will create dynamic scenes that can make small talk all of a sudden very important for the characters. switch from talking heads into beautiful silent moments. I will hand you an easy to remember system with which you can consciously switch back and forth between styles for the good of the scene.

28/03/2019 - 14h-17h
Duration - 3h
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30/03/2019 - Each other

A good connection between players deliver the most beautiful scenes to improv. We will focus on caring about our scene partners, really pay attention what the other is doing, saying and feeling. We will explore the first rule of improv: listening.

After this workshop you will have experienced how real focus towards your fellow player helps to lift the scene to a new level. If you care about your fellow player they will care for you and the audience will care for the scene.

30/03/2019 - 10h-13h
Duration - 3h
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30/03/2019 - Playing in foreign tongues

Playing in your native language is fun and save, you can say stuff in multiple ways and you can depend on your language skills to save you in difficult situations.

This workshop will focus on creating fun and engaging scenes in languages that are not your own. You will get tips and tricks how to play scenes in your 2nd and 3rd languages. We will also focus on playing scenes in your 4th and 5th languages. (languages that you know a few words and sentences in) And we will focus on languages that you know nothing about yet. We will change the disadvantage of not being fluent in a language to an advantage. After this workshop you will feel (even more) comfortable playing in languages that are not your own. And you will learn many new words.

30/03/2019 - 14h-17h
Duration - 3h
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SPECIAL - PIXALICIOUS

For his Special, Jochem will perform in Pixalicious with Laura Doorneweerd.

A Fantastical Adventure. 

Laura & Jochem find freaky, fabulous worlds and play the stories that are rarely told. What is happening in the cash till? How are things hanging in the laundry room? Who is bouncing between the clouds? An improvised adventure of objects and animals.