Samothrace Improv Retreat 2020

From Monday August 03 to Saturday 08 August, House Of Improv is organizing the 3rd Improv Retreat on the Island of Samothrace.

Registrations are now open!.

NOTIFICATION! ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE COURSES ARE FULLY BOOKED

WHAT THE RETREAT OFFERS

Three different intensive courses for three different levels of practisioners!
20 hour Intensive Beginners Course with 2 teachers
24 Hour Intensive Intermediate Course with 2 teachers
24 Hour Intensive Advanced Course with 2 teachers
Two 3hour Introduction classes
Two Shows!
Living on an amazing Island for 6 days.
Hanging out, Swimming, Partying, Excursions with a huge party of improvisers.

SCHEDULE

Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Thu 06 Fri 07 Sat 08
Room 2 12:00-16:00
Beginners
12:00-16:00
Beginners
12:00-16:00
Beginners
12:00-16:00
Beginners
12:00-16:00
Beginners
Room 1 17:00-23:00
Advanced
w Billy
17:00-23:00
Advanced
w Billy
18:00-21:00
Intro A
17:00-23:00
Advanced
w Zlatin
17:00-23:00
Advanced
w Zlatin

18:00-21:00
Intro B

Room 2 17:00-23:00
Intermediate
w Zlatin
17:00-23:00
Intermediate
w Zlatin
17:00-23:00
Intermediate
w Billy
17:00-23:00
Intermediate
w Billy
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Room 1 22:00

Show A

22:00

Show B

SHOW A:
Intermediate Class Show
Advanced Class Show
Teacher’s Show

SHOW B:
Beginners Show
Intermediate Class Show
Advanced Class Show
Under the influence (awesome drunk show)

COURSES

Beginners
20 hours of intensive Improv Beginners workshop. In these course you will get a first glimpse of all the basic rules and principles of improv through a variety of fun and playfull exercises and games. This woskshop will give you a very good understanding of what improv actually is, how entertaining it can be, and how you learn to improvise by being silly, playfull and relaxed. After these 2o hours, you will have a thirst to make improv a part of your life. Suitable for people with NO improv exprerience.
Teachers: Panagiotis Koudas, Eirini Xigkaki

Intermediate
Group, Game and Flow
This workshop will explore the group dynamic in a playful and fun way. We will focus on pattern building, fast and responsive group play and the natural flow of many simultaneous yes, and-ings.
We will play with our bodies and focus our minds on patterns and connections beyond words. We will explore the link between organic group openings and scenes. Finally we will put this natural flow into an expressive show.
Teacher: Zlatin Tsetkov

Be and Do Stuff
For this workshop we will use the strongest acting quality, observation. We will slow down and notice. There’s a fascinating beauty in taking things slow on stage. Take your time to distinct the small elements that makes a difference and feed our impulses. Using acting techniques we will train ourselves to read our scene partner in much more depth and create strong relationships, that take our scenes to a much deeper and meaningful level.
Teacher: Billy Kissa

Advanced
Tiny Huge Characters
An interesting story is based on interesting characters. The more «real» they are, the better. With this workshop we will explore different ways to create characters that the audience and us will adore and remember. We will leave one sided characters behind and we will focus on the tools for bringing multidimensional characters to life!
Teacher: Billy Kissa

Truth and connection
The emotional power of acting lies in the ability of the actor to make the audience totally believe in the reality that is being experienced by the person on stage. How often in improv do we see people just pretending?
The difference between pretending and believing will be explored in this workshop.
The participants will focus their attention on detail. Experiencing thespace, the sense of touch, smel, sight, taste. Finally we will transfer the focus to age and relationships. By using a combination of acting and improv techniques we will exercise our bodies and minds. We will focus on the reality of the moment and will allow our bodies to react truthfully, physically and emotionally to artificial stimuli. The goal is to get closer to being, versus pretending on stage. A more truthful and deeper level of improvisation. Scenes that are explored by more than talking. Naturally developing and slowly building on truth and expressiveness into a deep and relatable performance.
Teacher: Zlatin Tsetkov

Intro Classes
For people visiting the island who want to get a small glimpse of Improv, we offer 2-3hours classes.
(can register only in one)

TEACHERS


Zlatin TsetkovZlatin has been training in acting since 1996.
In 2005 he graduated the four year training of the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia with a Bachelor in acting.
Co-founded the first improv company in Bulgaria in 2009, where he did short form for 3 years.
Later he founded the first longformimprov company ShiZi Pro in 2013. Currently the company performs every Friday in a 130 seat venue in central Sofia. He directed four improv shows including a Shakespeare style show and a musical.
Created the first improv comedy club in Bulgaria – the ShiZiImprov Club, opened in 2017.
Founder and main organizer of Sofia International Improv Fest since 2016.
Graduated the iO Theater Chicago Summer intensive in 2015. The Advanced intensive at iO and The Annoyance Theater Intensive in 2016. Took a week long intensive in improv musical with “The Showstoppers” in London, 2018. Trained with various teachers in Copenhagen, Lyon, Strasbourg and other places.
He has been teaching improv since 2009 and has created a year longimprov training curriculum for ShiZiImprov Training Centre that currently has 120 students in classes
He teaches, coaches and performs improv an average of 30 hours a week for the past 5 years.
Did corporate improv training for various international companies, such as HP, Raifaizen Bank, Paysafe and others.
Taught improv in the National Theater Academy in Sofia and Munich, Germany.

Billy KissaVasiliki Kissa is an actress, won over by Improv Theater. After graduating “Theater of Arts, Karolos Koun”, she crossed paths with Improv Theater. It was love at first sight. She dove into the world of improv head first and, having completed ImproVIBE’s training, she took her first steps towards teaching improv. Within 7 years she was taught workshops and performed in Greece, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, Τurkey,USA and Australia. She isa main instructor at improVIBE and actively part of the European Improv Network “The SIN”. She is part of the international troupe “3 Deadly Sinners” and member of the «Project EVE», a platform for women in improv.

Eirini XigkakiEirini has graduated from Voutinas acting School. Has also studied cinema in Aristoteleio Univerisity in Fine arts faculty. She is working as an actress, animatrice and voice astress since 2011.  She started studing and performing improv in 2015, after winning the audiotion to join the Felizol Improv Troupe and attended intensive courses. She peroformed with Felizol in theatres in Thessaloniki in 2015-2017.  She kept enriching her acting and improv skills by studing improv, clowing, and physical theater continuesly over the years. She joined the school of Thessaloniki and taught with Stelios Anatolitis for a couple of years. She is now living in Athens and teaching in House Of Improv. She is also a singer in traditional and contemporary music, and also studied musical Acting.

Panagiotis KoudasStarting training in improv in 2011. Attended workshops and intensive seminars with Greek and Foreign teachers and is still does. Created his first troupe in 2011. In 2013 starting teaching in two different cities. With some of his first students created a troupe called DeMaNaiKaiNai that played continuesly in local scenes for years, toured Greece and performed abroad from 2015 until 2018.  In 2015 c0c-created the troupe Felizol that performed in Theaters in thessaloniki for two years and regrouped in Athens in 2019. He regurarly taught classes in 4 cities in North Greece from 2015 to 2019, and also as a guest in various other cities. He is currently living in Athens where he runs School of Improv with Eirini Xigaki and Stelios Anatolitis. He has performed in numerous improv shoes varying from theater games, to long form, duos, experimental formats.  He is now one of the few improvisers in Greece with nearly ten years of experience who is still active in teaching and performing.

PRICING

Beginners: 20 hours/5 days course with 2 teachers.
Price: 60€

Intermediate: 24 hours/4 days course with 2 teachers
Price:75€

Advanced: 24 hours/4 days course with 2 teachers
Price:75€

Intro Class: 3 hours introduction class (Wednesday or Saturday)
Price:10€

TRAVELLING AND ACCOMODATION

Accomodation: 
All reservations and arrangements for your accomodation are NOT arranged by the retreat. We can only offer you related information.
There are three choices for accomodation.
1) Natural Living Camping – 30mins by bus/20min by car from the port of Kamariotisa. Situated near Therma, is free of charge and offers limited comforts. Its walking distance from Room 1 (where some classes and both shows take place) and is the departure point for the bus for Room 2. Most retreat members choose this location for their stay.
2) Varades Municipality Camping – 30mins by bus/20min by car from the port of Kamariotisa.
Offers more comforts and charges your staying. Situated near Therma, its a walking distance from Room 1 (where some classes and both shows take place) and 5 mins walking from the departure point for the bus for Room 2.
more info here: https://samothraki.gr/municipal-camping/
3) Rooms and hotels. There is small numbers of rental rooms and small hotels in Samothrace. If you choose to rent we suggest you do it at least one month ahead. We strongly suggest you rent somewhere that is at walking distance from Therma so you can join all activities. In case you decide to bring your car, you can of course rent anywhere you want but please take under consideration that you have to be on time for your courses and car transportation to the island is kind of expensive

Transportation
All reservations and arrangements for your transportation are NOT arranged by the retreat. We can only offer you related information.
To Samothrace
Samothrace Island is only accesible from the port of Alexandroupolis. It is a 2 hours trip. There are usually two trips per day in Augoust, but with the coronovirus measures the ship is only allowed half the passengers. Please buy your tickets ahead. All members of the retreat MUST be present on the island on Monday morning.
Ferry Route Shedule will be available in this link: https://www.zanteferries.gr/dromologia-neo/
You can purchase tickets online in this link: https://www.aktoploika.gr/north-aegean/index_samothraki.htm
For more information you can contact Alexandroupolis Port Police at: 25513-56200 , 25513-56216

To Alexandroupolis
From Athens:
1) By aeroplane (4 flights per day) – 1 hour flight
2) By train to Thessaloniki and then by 1) train (12 hours trip) or 2) by Bus to Alexandroupoli (8 hours trip)
3) By Bus from Kiffisos (8 hours trip)
4) By car to Thessaloniki – Kavala – Xanthi – Komotini – Alexandroypoli (via National and Egnatia high speed road)

From Thessaloniki 
1) By train (6 hours)
2) By Bus (4 hours)
3) By Car (via Egnatia road 300km)

Transportation On the Island
The retreat mainly takes place in Therma Village. Therma Village is close to the camping sites (15mins walk).
Room 1 (Classes and both Shows) is located in old school of Therma.
Room 2 is located in Kamariotisa port. There will be a small bus only for retreat members – doing the trip Camping – Kamariotisa and back, before and after each class. It will have a small fee. The bus will depart 30mins before each class. Anyone missing the bus will have to find a way to get to Kamariotisa on his/her own.

At your arrival to the island, in order to reach Therma Village/Camping site from the port there is a municipality bus available rougly every 45mins.

If you want to make your own excursions, and visit remote beaches you will need a car. Car transportation to the island costs about 120€. We suggest you create groups of 4/5 people and arrange to transport a car if you want, and share the expenses.

NOTIFICATION! ADVANCED AND INTERMEDIATE COURSES ARE FULLY BOOKED

CONTACT

You can registert/contact us through
a) Our facebook Page 
b) By Phone at: 6982878777
c) Using the following contact form