Miyazaki Intensive 2020

Miyazaki’s Kingdom: an improvised Miyazaki

The human world can be a dark place. Can also be simple and uplifting. In fact, nothing is ever black or white. We go through everyday life looking for moments of magic. What if we switch it, and look for everyday moments in a magical world?

This workshop is about bringing you to a place where nothing is normal. Where everything is normal. Where the weirdest and most magical creature can just be a girl, and where the spirit of the forest can just be a boy. A story where magic is real and reality is magic. This poetic, sensitive and place of emotions place is Japanese director Miyazaki’s kingdom. We’ll learn how to build Miyazaki’s stories with heroes who care: about the world, about nature, about the human part of us, about our soul.

The best way to understand what it means to be human, is to not be one.

You’ve always wondered how to adapt the work of the movie director Hayao Miyazaki on stage? You would like to take part of an improvised version of it? Or you are just a curious improviser eager discover a new style of improvised theatre and storytelling?

This intensive is the best way to work on that in an international city, and perform there to directly try out what you experienced during the week of workshops.


I am travelling and creating formats to explore and share. With my partner Laura, we are working for a year around the world to teach and perform our duoshow Object of Affection in 2019-2020. My dream is to combine thousand ways to improvise in a multifaceted cristal of improv, physical and noisy, kind and silly, emotive and crazy.
Miyazaki’s Kingdom has been performed and I directed it in multiple festivals in addition to the intensive Summer Week of 2019 and other intensive workshops. In April 2020, it is one of the main shows of the Auckland International Festival, casting players from 5 continents and piling not far from 120 years of improv experience.


* Dates:
– WEEK 1: Sep 29 to Oct 3, 2020, and showcase on the 3rd, in the evening
– WEEK 2: Oct 6 to Oct 10, 2020, and showcase on the 10th, in the evening
Week 2 is accessible for students that will follow week 1 or did.

* Location: CREA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

* Duration: 25h per week, 50h for the intensive two weeks, and showcase offered at the end of the workshop’s week
-> Tue. 14h-17h ; Wed-Fri. 10h-13h + 14h-16h ; Sat. 10h-13h + 14h-17h & rehearsal + show 18h-23h



– WEEK 1: 420€ per participant
– WEEK 2: 420€ per participant
– WEEK 1 + WEEK 2: 790€ per participant
– Possibility to apply for a scholarship: send a message to explain your wishes.

ATTENTION: Limited spots available

← Vidéo of last year’s intensive showcase.


Your experience in impro and towards the world of Miyazaki (a few lines, it's mainly curiosity)

Week 2 is accessible for students that will follow week 1 or already did.

Select options of availability (to perform with the group)


at gael.perry.mail@gmail.com with the option "Send to a friend"

Thank you Gael for an absolutely fantastic week, we would totally do it again, and we are really looking forward the Miyazaki week 2.0!

Annina Fey & Simone Zbinden

Participants Intensive 2019, Das Buttär (Zürich - Swiss)

Gael makes sure that everybody is safe enough to learn and experiment with new ways of improvising, building characters and stories.

Cindy Pittens

Participant Intensive 2019, Independant (The Netherlands)

I had never heard of Miyazaki before and still thoroughly enjoyed the workshop! You will create a beautiful scenery to unlock your fantasy.

Sandra Schurink

Participant Intensive 2019, TVA (Amsterdam - The Netherlands)