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thoughts on improv notes... musical duets

Yesterday, my Musical Theatre duet class cheered me up because there are two young Korean guys who showed up, said that they were here to learn English, and then gamely sang along to various disney and broadway songs.

Afterwards, Asaf, Andy and I had very late dinner at Kerby Lane. We were talking how each of us went through phases when we gave unsolicited notes.. but now none of us ever do that again. And how tricky it is for improvisors to give each other notes. It's almost impossible actually, since feelings get hurt and people disagree and argue. The only PC way to give notes if you were hired on as a coach.

Even when Asaf/Andy were directing a show, giving notes is still a delicate art-form for them.

Totally different from Danny when he was choreographing our show: "If you don't like how I'm doing things, you can leave. Now." 
*dead silence*

I think it's because population wise, there isn't that many good improvisors.. unlike dance, where there's a million girls who are younger, prettier and more talented then you who'd take your spot in a heartbeat.

Another reason I think is improv comes out of your subconscious, and is essentially who and what and how you are... that a criticism to your improv could be construed as a criticism to your person. As opposed to when you're dancing and singing someone else's creation. 

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biscuitpig
Jun. 19th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
You're right, you're right, I concur with that.

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