Tilt's Story

 

The third annual Tilt international improv festival will take place 1-3 October, at the Vaba Lava theatre in Tallinn. This is the party of spontaneous theatre! All the Estonian improvisers will come together to showcase their best improv. Also, great improvisers from Europe and the USA will come to show the Estonian audience what good improv can be really like! There will be fun, excitement, anticipation and lots of unexpected turns in the air. Because that’s the way Tilt is. And it’s definitely worth being part of ;)

This year’s Tilt is brought to you by Improgrupp Jaa!, Kogu Moos, and Eesti Improteater.

Feedback

The participants of the festival said this:

"I’ve been coming to Tallinn for improv for nearly 5 years. It’s amazing to see how Estonian improv has grown in that time! A huge part of the reason the Estonian improv community has expanded (and will continue to expand) is thanks to the amazing people behind TILT, who have combined the warmth and personality of Estonia with the enthusiasm of people who love what they do, creating a welcoming and nurturing festival experience!

I’ve been honored to take part in this festival twice, and look forward to the next opportunity!

What fun!"

„As an international participant in Tilt 3, I felt like I was given a VIP access into the micro-cosmos of Tallinn’s improvising world, seeing the similarities and differences within it and when compared to Bucharest’s situation.

Tilt 3 was a forward-moving experience for me, a great ice-breaker, as I got to teach in English for the first time, and perform my duo show with Axel in English for the first time. The audience was very supportive, as well as the workshop attendants, and I felt both experiences were rewarding and full of learning points.“

Monica Anastase, Improvisneyland (ROU)

„TILT Tallinn. In one of the least populous countries of the E.U. this festival has magic! The “warm” feeling of the hosts and participants is contagious and everyone you come in contact with is friendly and wanting to know and get more from this experience. I liked a lot the place where we stayed, the room mates and the city, but most of all: The people!“

Axel Moustache, Improvisneyland (ROU)

„What a fun mix of people with wildly different improv styles! It was a privilege to spend time in such a beautiful city with such beautiful improvisers. This is a well-organized festival that’s off the beaten path. Well worth the trip.“

Kevin Miller (USA)

„Tilt is a fantastic impro festival that I would recommend to any impro groups in Europe. This is an outstanding opportunity to perform in English and to meet nice improvisers of all over Europe. The welcoming of the managing team and the audience are amazing. The beers are cheap and the food is incredible. And in addition, see some shows in Estonian language is so unique. It is like discover the elves life…
Thank you so much guys for your invitation! This was a great time to be part of this adventure.

French Kisses from Paris.“

Loïc Colin, la Compagnie d’Improvisation Eux (FRA)

„We had an absolute blast! Thank you so much for having us! You guys organised a brilliant festival!“

Helen O’Donnell, Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

Media

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Festival photos are hosted by Facebook.
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Shows

Thursday 01.10.2015
at Vaba Lava (Map)

19:00 — 19:45
In Estonian
€6.00 — €8.00
IMPROSSIIVNE / KOGU MOOS (EST)

Hello"! / "Bad Lock

The opening of the International Improv Festival Tilt will be done this year by two of the freshest Estonian improv theatres – Improssiivne with their performance “Hello!” and Kogu Moos with their performance “Bad Lock”.

“Hello!”

Improssiivne welcomes the audience and other improv groups with short-form games, where they create different characters and styles. The show will present you well-known games like „Why are you late“, one-liners like „I like my men/women as I like my..“ and lots more!

Improssiivne is a new group in two ways. First, they are a relatively young group with young members. Second, it’s their first time at an international improv festival – thus the name „Hello!“. „With this show our wish is to officially greet you for the first time.“ – say the members.

facebook.com/Improssiivne


“Bad Lock”
Improv troupe Kogu Moos presents You a long-form show with their own personal flavour of it. With the help of the audience we will create a unique secret. The secret will be locked up in a safe place. But oh no, it turned out to be a bad lock! Now the secret seeks to get out and our brave improvisers have to manage with all of it. Will the secret’s attempts be foiled or will it succeed to turn our character’s lives upside down? Let’s see, who will prevail…

Improv troupe Kogu Moos was born with the year of 2015, when in the company of young enthusiastic improv hobbyists there was a spread of feeling that just jamming is not enough anymore and the dose of improv wisdom needs to be raised.
Despite the fact that every one of us has rather different background, our ways found here the crossing point and the enticement to go jointly to discover improv hunting ground that none of us could reject. The symbiosis of ourselves may bring daylight to quite a few novel and interesting or cozy and familiar tastes of life.

facebook.com/KoguMoos

20:00 — 20:30
In Estonian
€6.00 — €8.00
Ruutu10 (EST)

Harold

Ruutu10 (EST)

Ruutu10 (EST)

Harold

 

The legendary improv guru Del Close, in collaboration with Charna Halpner, developed the format of Harold in USA in the 1970s. The members of Ruutu10 have been very lucky to learn the format in its birthplace – the iO theatre in Chicago under the supervision of local improv masters. Now the responsibility falls to them to introduce this format that has very long traditions also to the Estonian audience.

To start the show the audience will be asked for one word only. Inspired by that single word the group will draw ideas and subjects for the show. In the following scenes and games the group will create worlds where they discover, develop, and explore these subjects in more detail. If all goes well, at the end of the play the worlds will intertwine and the ideas, scenes and games will interlace into a smooth pattern.
Ruutu10 welcome you to join them at the discovery trip!


Ruutu10 (The 10 of Diamonds) is a comedy troupe, that believes in the liberating power of laughter.
We have studied improvisation and comedy in America and Europe under the guidance of the best instructors in their field.

Ruutu10 consists of ten young improvisers who have been playing together since the beginning of 2013. During this time we have regularly organized public performances in Tallinn and Tartu as well as elsewhere across the country. In addition we organize public improv jams where everyone can play improv games in a safe environment.

Ruutu10 is dedicated to constant self-improvement. Aside from training on a regular basis we update our knowledge base by reading books on improvisation and studying under the best improvisers in the world. Among other things we have all completed the five week improvisation intensive course at the prestigious iO Theater in Chicago.

Ruutu10 believes that laughter is liberating because:

– Deep laughter is only possible when we feel good and safe
– It relieves us of tension and brings out the best in us
– Laughter is a creative way to learn about love and cooperation

ruutu10.ee
facebook.com/ruutu10

20:45 — 21:30
In Estonian
€6.00 — €8.00
Eesti Improteater (EST)

Born in Tallinn, XX century

Eesti Improteater (EST)

Eesti Improteater (EST)

Born in Tallinn, XX century

 

Estonias oldest improv theatre will perform a show inspired from historical themes where in three-quarters of an hour the audience can see the stories of people from the previous century. In the show „Born in Tallinn, XX century“ the actors will improvise a story about Tallinn and its inhabitants using what has been preseved from the century as inspiration and imagining the rest.


On the stage with Eesti Improteater in renewed lineup: V.Annus, I.Tamm, M.Gabriel, K.Oidekivi, K.Aaslaid, R.Annus.

improteater.ee

21:45 — 22:30
In Estonian
€6.00 — €8.00
Improv theatre IMPEERIUM (EST)

An Ancient Hero

Improv theatre IMPEERIUM (EST)

Improv theatre IMPEERIUM (EST)

An Ancient Hero

 

Estonians know a few strong and clever ancient heroes – Kalevipoeg, Suur Tõll, also Kaval-Ants (all Estonian folklore heroes) etc. But there are a lot of characters in these folk tales, who never get to be the main characters. We will pick one of the characters from a folk tale or a fairytale, from audience suggestions, and give this character a chance to be the hero of that story.


Improv theatre IMPEERIUM (Empire) originated from the first professional improv group in Estonia in 2014. Thus, event though Impeerium is still young, it’s actors already have a six years of experience with improv. The members of the group are all professional actors, who, in addition to being members of Impeerium, are also part of drama troups in other Estonian theatres or work as freelancers in various theater, television and film projects. In addition to actors, there are also talented musicians and lightning designers in the group, who all help to spread love for improv all across Estonia.

The Imperials entertain audience with two-act performances, create excitement at preordered shows and arouse fantacies in improv workshops. In improv nobody knows what is going to happen, but everything is possible! And that is one of the reasons why the group loves improv in all it’s shapes and forms.

The Latin word ‘imperium’ means power. Improv theatre Impeerium wants to conquer the heart of every Estonian and with that create another country on the world map full of love for improv, where people appreciate the value of cooperation and creativity and where imagination is power.

improimpeerium.ee
facebook.com/improimpeerium

Friday 02.10.2015
at Vaba Lava (Map)

19:00 — 19:45
In Estonian
€6.00 — €8.00
Improgrupp Jaa! (EST)

Standing Upright

Improgrupp Jaa! (EST)

Improgrupp Jaa! (EST)

Standing Upright

 

In this long-form show, we focus on the things that make great improv great. No gimmicks, no crazy rules, no turbo-paced scene jumps that leave the audience clueless. We will bring you relatable, relationship-based drama and comedy heavily inspired by the UCB style of improvisation. Join us for nearly an hour of improvised theatre, created and performed on the spot with you and for you.


Improgrupp Jaa! consists of young amateur actors with different backgrounds, who are interested in exploring the theater world without rules, where everything is created here and now – in the form of improvisation. They have been together since 2009 and performed in different places around Estonia and abroad. They are constantly seeking for possibilities to develop themselves and improv scene in Estonia further!

facebook.com/jaaimproteater

20:00 — 20:45
In English
€10.00 — €12.00
JadaJada (FIN)

The Wide Open

JadaJada (FIN)

JadaJada (FIN)

The Wide Open

 

JadaJada Improv is proud to present: The Wide Open! A brand new longform improv show that begins by having the audience suggest the name of the show’s format! We then provide 3 potential format descriptions and let the audience decide which one they want to see! Each show is a brand new experience with a format that has never been rehearsed or seen! And of course we attack each new format with our signature high-energy and quick wit!


JadaJada is Finland’s Premiere English Language Improv Troupe. For over 4 years, JadaJada has been delighting audiences in their hometown Tampere, Finland, with their command of multiple facets of improvisation, including Short Form, Long Form, Free Form and Musical Improvisation. JadaJada has also had the pleasure of performing together in Tallinn, Barcelona and Chicago. JadaJada have also met and played with dozens of teams from around the world at the Finland International Improv Festival, of which they are sponsors and financiers, and which takes each year in the beginning of Summer in Tampere.

jadajadaimprov.com
facebook.com/jadajadaimprov

21:00 — 22:00
In English
€10.00 — €12.00
Improvisneyland (ROU)

A couple of everything

Improvisneyland (ROU)

Improvisneyland (ROU)

A couple of everything

 

“A couple of everything” is a duo show that has a rather theatrical approach to the lives of three different sets of characters. The performers start from an audience suggestion, then monologue about it for a while, and then start improvising the three different stories, each of them having three episodes.


Improvisneyland is the oldest group of improv in Romania whose cast has never changed – its seven members have been the same in seven years. Axel and Monica are professional actors, and they are proud to have performed at the world famous Chicago Improv Festival this year.

facebook.com/improvisneyland
improvisneyland.ro

22:15 — 22:45
In English
€8.00 — €10.00
Kevin Miller (USA) & co.

History Under the Influence

Kevin Miller (USA) & co.

Kevin Miller (USA) & co.

History Under the Influence

 

Inspired by the popular series Drunk History, a group of sober improvisers try to keep up with an extremely drunk narrator in “History Under the Influence.” Kevin spends a couple of hours before the show getting hammered, and then stumbles onstage and asks the audience for a historical event they’d like to see performed. The resulting re-enactment is insane, hilarious, and occasionally accurate.


Kevin Miller has performed, coached, and taught improv in Austin, Texas for over 13 years. He is an instructor for the Merlin Works Institute of Improvisation at the ZACH Theatre in downtown Austin, and he has performed with troupes around the US and as far afield as Tampere, Finland. Kevin owns a dog, a cat, and four chickens.

facebook.com/historyundertheinfluence

Saturday 03.10.2015
at Vaba Lava (Map)

19:00 — 19:45
In English
€10.00 — €12.00
Barzha (RUS)

Leap Over a Wall

Barzha (RUS)

Barzha (RUS)

Leap Over a Wall

Improv group Barzha (russian word for “barge”) comes from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. They perform short-form improv and most enjoy the unexpectedness on stage.


 

Barzha has been doing improv for almost 4 years. Being one of the first improv groups in Russia, their mission is to popularize improv in their country. They have already performed improv in Estonia with friends from Tallinn and Riga and are looking forward to spreading their improv wings even further!

tochkaimpro.ru

20:00 — 21:00
In English
€10.00 — €12.00
EUX (FRA)

Bio

EUX (FRA)

EUX (FRA)

Bio

 

Bio is a long-form show, where the main character is created with the help of the audience who then get to watch his or her life unfold in front of their eyes. This is a one-hour play filled with flashbacks, incredible characters and one unbelievable story. Watch the hero of this story discover with us his secrets, moments of glory and times of doubts. Nothing is prepared, nothing is discussed beforehand – everything is improvised!


The French improvisation company EUX is a 9 years old ensemble settled in Paris, France. Short-forms, long-forms, directed improvisation – this group wants to do everything! For past seven years they’ve also conducted their own classes, teaching and training people several times a week. Their work mainly focuses on ways to liberate the brain from the fear on stage, enabling to improve, fast and easily, all the skills that everybody already possess to create stories.

youtube.com/watch?v=nhvcmsGdtCY
euximpro.fr
facebook.com/euximpro

21:15 — 22:15
In English
€10.00 — €12.00
Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

The Wunderkammer

Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

The Wunderkammer

 

In the Wunderkammer, DNAYS improvise scenes, stories and characters inspired by Ted-style talks from academics and all round huge brains with a Q&A with the audience. Neither they, nor the audience, have seen the talks before – every show is unique.

The Wunderkammer is one of London’s most popular improv comedy nights, selling out consecutive monthly shows since Spring 2014 in residencies at the Natural History Museum and The Nursery Theatre. Previous speakers have included a cell biologist from King’s, a bubble scientist from the National Physical Laboratory, a Cornish hip-hop guru, philosophers, a medieval linguist, a Cambridge astrophysicist, Government economist, a military historian, and a Guinness World Record holder.

It has been performed internationally at the Union Hall in Brooklyn NYC.


Do Not Adjust Your Stage (DNAYS) are an award-winning London-based improv comedy group. DNAYS have performed together since 2007, gigging regularly in London, across the UK and beyond. Cast members have trained with a broad range of improv schools including the UCB, iO, Second City, Free Association and Monkey Toast. Following a European Tour in 2013, DNAYS took to the USA with shows in 2014 and 2015 at the prestigious Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre. Previous festival runs include the Edinburgh Fringe, Amsterdam Impro Festival, Manchester Comedy Festival, ImproFest UK, Improv Fest Ireland and Barcelona Improv Festival. Their original show format, The Wunderkammer, bringing together expert speakers and improv comedy, has performed to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim in the UK and US since 2014, with residencies at The Nursery and Natural History Museum in London

“Unmissable…Impressive, spontaneous, creative and hilarious. Fearless comedy to great effect” (Everything Theatre, 2014)

As recommended by the Londonist, Twenty Something London, To-Do List and Know London in 2014.

dnays.com
facebook.com/dnayscomedy
twitter.com/dnayscomedy
instagram.com/dnayscomedy/

Workshops

Friday 02.10.2015
at Vaba Lava (Map)

11:00 — 14:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Improvisneyland (ROU)

Emotions

Improvisneyland (ROU)

Improvisneyland (ROU)

Emotions

 

Do you want to impress the audience with more than laughter? Do you want them to empathize with your characters, to be captivated and encouraging? Improvised scenes can be so much deeper and meaningful if you allow yourself to express emotions in a realistic and vulnerable way.
Using techniques learned partly in their acting formative years, and partly at the Chicago Improv Festival, the trainers will gently lead the improvisers in this class to relaxed, truthful scenes, in the style of TJ and Dave.

For improvisers with some experience.


Axel and Monica have been sharing their improvisation skills and techniques since 2010. Regular workshops, corporate teambuilding, business training, they’ve done it all. And still, they still feel like they have a lot to learn from every group of improvisers they come into contact with.

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

15:00 — 18:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

Playing fast, playing fun

Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

Do Not Adjust Your Stage (GBR)

Playing fast, playing fun

 

What does DNAYS love about improv? Having the best fun in the world as a team on stage, in a rehearsal or in a workshop. Learn to play fast in this workshop where the focus is on having the best time together. It will free your mind from worrying on the back line and remind you that when you’re having fun, so is your audience. We wouldn’t want you to miss out.


Do Not Adjust Your Stage (DNAYS) are an award-winning London-based improv comedy group. DNAYS have performed together since 2007, gigging regularly in London, across the UK and beyond. Cast members have trained with a broad range of improv schools including the UCB, iO, Second City, Free Association and Monkey Toast. Following a European Tour in 2013, DNAYS took to the USA with shows in 2014 and 2015 at the prestigious Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre. Previous festival runs include the Edinburgh Fringe, Amsterdam Impro Festival, Manchester Comedy Festival, ImproFest UK, Improv Fest Ireland and Barcelona Improv Festival. Their original show format, The Wunderkammer, bringing together expert speakers and improv comedy, has performed to sell-out audiences and critical acclaim in the UK and US since 2014, with residencies at The Nursery and Natural History Museum in London.

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

15:00 — 18:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Timothée Ansieau (FRA)

F**k the rules

 

The purpose of this workshop is to clarify what are our rules and have fun by destroying them! It offers you new ways to discover new rules and behavior on stage and have a new notion about what is a rule and the purpose of it.

Workshop for experienced improvisers


The workshop will be directed by the artistic director of improvisation company EUX – Timothée Ansieau. Timothée is an energetic coach who has been exploring and teaching improv for past nine years.

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

Saturday 03.10.2015
at Vaba Lava (Map)

11:00 — 14:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Improvisneyland (ROU)

Be in the now

Improvisneyland (ROU)

Improvisneyland (ROU)

Be in the now

 

The only occasion we have to actually create anything is the present moment.This workshop will remind you of how much more imaginative, unafraid and interesting improv is when you let go of any preconception or anticipation of what the scene may be.
After a quick warm-up and energizer, we will approach scene work via several acting techniques and improv tools, from both the Keith Johnstone school and the Chicago-style approach.


Axel and Monica have been sharing their improvisation skills and techniques since 2010. Regular workshops, corporate teambuilding, business training, they’ve done it all. And still, they still feel like they have a lot to learn from every group of improvisers they come into contact with.

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

11:00 — 14:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Kevin Miller (USA)

Mime work like a pro

Kevin Miller (USA)

Kevin Miller (USA)

Mime work like a pro

 

The workshop focuses on defining the environment you’re in through mime and using it to tell a richer, more believable story. Refining your work so that the audience and your fellow players know exactly what you’re doing.


Kevin Miller has performed, coached, and taught improv in Austin, Texas for over 13 years. He is an instructor for the Merlin Works Institute of Improvisation at the ZACH Theatre in downtown Austin, and he has performed with troupes around the US and as far afield as Tampere, Finland. He owns a dog, a cat, and nine chickens.

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

15:00 — 18:00
In English
€18.00 — €18.00
Trent Pancy

Do It To It -­ Freestyle Rap & Improvisation

Trent Pancy

Trent Pancy

Do It To It -­ Freestyle Rap & Improvisation

 

Freestyle Rap & Improvisation – Do It To It is a quick and dirty introduction to everything you need to know when it comes to rap and improvisation. This workshop focuses on the basics of rhyming, rhythm, beatboxing, and everything else you need to step up and own the stage. We’ll also jump into scenes to discover how much fun it can be to incorporate rap (or any rhyme skills) into your short form AND long form improvisation.


Trent has been studying, performing and teaching improv for over 12 years. Armed with a BA in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College,Trent moved to Chicago, where he completed the improv programs at The Second City Conservatory, The Second City Music Program, the iO Theatre Training Center, and also trained at ComedySportz Chicago.Trent currently lives and works in Tampere, Finland, where he teaches, produces and performs improv and stand up comedy.

Since moving to Finland, Trent has made his living producing, performing, and teaching improv to established improvisers, beginners, and as a consulting tool through Applied Improvisation. Trent teaches improv classes weekly through his own training center The improvAcademy, as well as public and private workshops for teams all throughout Finland and Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Germany,The Netherlands, Spain, and more.

Notable international festival teaching experiences include:
The Finland International Improv Festival (2012-2015) The BIG IF (2014)
ImproAmsterdam (2015)

Workshop takes place at Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus.
Workshop fee: 18€. Booking: tilt@improfestival.ee

Venues

Vaba Lava

(Open Space), Telliskivi 60A, small stage.

Rahvaülikooli teatrikeskus

Vene 6 (II / III floor).

Shimo Lounge

Rataskaevu 9.

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