Improvising with music, and not over it

This workshop is addressed to stage performers and musical improvisers (improv musicians and sound tech improvisers).

Have you ever felt the awkwardness when everything is supposed to be all right in a horror scene? Cried in front of a sad movie? Felt transported by an epic speech before the final battle?

It’s all thanks to music. This workshop is about how to play with music, and how to consider it as full part of the show. You will learn different techniques to work with music, from reading the beats of the song to shutting your mouth and play along, in order to magnify your scenework when you play with a musician or a DJ. If you are a impro musician or a sound improviser, you will learn how to cease the light and play the full role you are supposed to have: being heard.

Music is not a noise, it’s a voice you want to hear!

Practical requirements


Option to have a local music improviser (live or from track) joining.

Possible durations
  • 3 to 6h – Bases of interacting with music (live or tracks), playing on it and listening to the musical offers.
  • 9h to 36h – Extended work on music, silent scenes and learning different techniques to play on music. Possibility to lead to a showcase with work on basic freeform skills.
Number of participants
  • All durations – Maximum 12 participants.
Level of the workshop
  • 3 to 6h -Intermediate/Advanced.
  • 9 to 36h – Advanced.

The format: Musical Puzzle

A freeform show, inspired by music and based on interacting with all the musical offers. Can be performed with a local musician or a local sound improviser that would follow the workshop, or with Gael as a sound improviser.