Tony Totino was there at the ignition switch of The Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary in the late seventies. Now working in Norway with Teater Liksom, here he speaks of what it means to be part of that origin story and where those beginnings have led.
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Impro has few trans national touchstones. Sure, there’s the eternal flame-war between Delheads and Johnstone clans, but the form, for the most part, rests uneasily in its own transience.
Here, Tony chats about one significant moment in improv, the early days of ‘The Moose’. On working with Keith Johnstone and the creation of the seminal formats, Theatresports tm (and its subsequent bastardization) and The Life Game tm.
The role of genre in story and our responsibility, or otherwise, to research its beats, Norwegian mythology and impro, why use set when you can mime,… and just how would you improvise in the style of Conan the Barbarian?
Tony Totino. Ep 13.
The Loose Moose now.
Teater Liksom on Wiki.
Impro Theatre and The Flint ep about them.
Some more about David Ives.
Em’s book of poetry, “Your Looking Eyes”, here
None as yet.