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Vancouver to host huge Theatresports event in October


Take 100+ improv actors from 18 countries, add 50 performances across three theatre venues and what do you get? A lot of laughter.

Vancouver looks like the place to be in October if you like the ever popular formats of Keith Johnstone as from October 14 to 20 Vancouver TheatreSportsTM hosts the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival. You can expect a wide variety of styles and regional influences as the festival celebrates how the art form has evolved around the world.

The International Theatresports Institute claims to be the largest improv network in the world, and given it represents 90 improv companies, schools and universities from 22 countries on six continents it is hard to dispute that claim. 

This biennial conference and festival brings together improvisers from around the globe and Vancouver TheatreSports Artistic and Executive Director, Jay Ono is looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some incredible performances. 

“Vancouver TheatreSportsTM turns 40 in early 2020 and we are excited to kick off our anniversary celebrations by sharing so much laughter with the people of Vancouver,” says Ono. 

Norway’s “The Toys Strike Back” one of the many international show featuring this October

“It will be a fabulous opportunity for the public to see the different styles of improv as performed by the visiting delegates. Many Vancouverites do not realize that VTS is renowned globally as being a leader in the improv art form, with some of the best improvisers in the world being part of our company. It will be inspiring and instructive for all the improvisers, our own as well as the international delegates, to perform together and explore new formats and ways of playing. At the same time, the public will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see companies and improvisers who do not normally perform outside of their home country.” 

In addition to delegate-only workshops, the week includes more than 50 public performances in an International Theatresports Festival across three Granville Island venues. Currently, improvisers from as far away as India, Norway, Japan, Brazil, and New Zealand have signed up to attend the week-long Vancouver conference and perform in the Festival. 

The Banana Board in a Gorilla Theatre show

The Festival celebrates how the improv art form has evolved around the world to reflect the influences it receives from different cultural terroirs. Improv formats created by ITI founder Keith Johnstone (TheatresportsTM, Gorilla TheatreTM, Maestro ImproTM, and The Life GameTM) are showcased along with signature shows/formats by some of the world’s leading improvisers and improv companies. 

The growth of improv festivals is the subject of the current Improv Chronicle Podcast – a new, short, documentary style podcast all about the world of improvised comedy. Check it out now by subscribing on your preferred podcast app here: https://pod.link/1474460772