FiiF2017 Performance Teams

We are very excited about the amazing teams performing this year!

We have Finnish Teams, International Teams, and, for the first time ever, Headlining Acts each night!  

Read on below to learn about the teams coming to FiiF, and the formats they’ll be performing!

FINNISH TEAMS

Each night of FiiF2017 opens with a Finnish Improv Team performing in English!

HOMETOWN
TAMPERE

SHOWTIME
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
ACT I

ABOUT JADAJADA IMPROV

JadaJada Improv is an ensemble of International Improvisers based in Tampere, Finland.

Every player on JadaJada also performs with a variety of other teams in Finland, and each player brings their own training, experience, and expertise to the team.

Founded in 2011, JadaJada is Finland’s longest running English-Language Improv Team, performing High-Energy, Free-Spirited Improvised comedy throughout Finland and across the globe, and is proud to have been a Production Partner of FiiF since the beginning!

FORMAT

We ask a member of audience to provide us with the longest word they know in their Native Language, without telling us the definition.

We then then unpack the sounds, emotions, and energy of that word, using it to send us into an unstructured frenzy.

Mouthful: it’s a lot to take in.

HOMETOWN
ROVANIEMI

SHOWTIME
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
ACT I

ABOUT LENTÄVÄ PORO

The Flying Reindeer Theater Company is the nothernmost improv company in the world. (That we know of!) Our home is all the way up on the arctic circle in finnish Lapland, where freeze tag is the only kind of tag we can play.

Since our humble beginnings as a small improv troupe way, way, way back in 2010, we’ve grown into a full-blown comedy theater. We do comedy in many forms, including original musicals and plays, but improv is our one true love and it’s always at the core of everything we do.

We love being in the moment and exloring the previously unexplored while having fun with the audience.

FORMAT

Hardy & Hardy is a comedic study of the dynamics of a relationship between two people.

Two improvisers challenge themselves to go slow, calm and deep in a real-time monoscene.  They celebrate the volume spoken by silence as they explore the lives of their characters and let the funny find them.

No script, no cuts, just two characters and their story.

HOMETOWN
TAMPERE

SHOWTIME
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
ACT I

ABOUT SNORKKELI

Snorkkeli is an 18-year old Improvised Theatre group from Tampere. Snorkkeli’s performers are talented actors and musicians who love improvisation.

Together, they have performed fantastic Improvised Musicals, touching romantic comedies, fun Children’s shows, long form plays, short form games, and anything else you can name!

 

FORMAT

Rakkaus. Amor. Love.

Have you ever wondered how people fall in love? In this story, we follow a Romance as it blossoms and grows into something beautiful! Of course, along the way there will be some misunderstandings, plot twists, interesting characters, and perhaps even a kiss!

With love, as in improv, anything can happen!

INTERNATIONAL TEAMS

We’ve gathered 12 Teams from around the world to come to the FiiF2017 Stage and perform their signature formats.

A great opportunity to peek into the rest of the world’s take on Improvised Theatre and Comedy!

HOMETOWN
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

SHOWTIME
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
ACT II

ABOUT THE AUNTS

‘The Aunts’ ensemble consists of four independent actors and a musician, who formed in 2015 after they graduated from Kibbutzim College’ Acting School. Later that same year, The Aunts won the ‘Improvisation Championship’ of Israel.

As actors in repertory theaters and of the Israeli national theater ‘Habima’, who perform every night the same play, they wanted to give the audience a chance to influence the show they are seeing, rather than simply being present without participating. As a result, their audiences not only help shape each performance, but continue to help this team develop as a group and create inspiring productions.

FORMAT

The story of this play is the story of our main character – a hero which is in a journey achieve his goal in life.

The audience plays a large role in this show, both providing elements of the Narrative, such as location and theme, as well as changing the show and story on the spot through specially designed devices. These devices are given to the audience before the beginning of the show, and each has a different dramatic, structural, or scenic effect on the show.

This show has been running throughout Israel for over a year with great success.

HOMETOWN
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC

SHOWTIME
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
ACT II

ABOUT BAFNI

Founded in 2010, Bafni has quickly become one of the top Czech improv theatre companies.

Starting from theatre sports and matches, we are moving towards longform and freeform improvisations. We perform 2 – 3 regular shows per month with a stable ensamble in Prague and Brno.

FORMAT

Welcome to ImproTheatro. A space where true stories from the actors’ lives, experiences from the audience, and even the specific elements of the venue inspire stories and scenes filled with czech-style black humor, physical performance and songs that will get stuck in your head.

Enjoy the show that goes pretty well with a beer in your hand.

HOMETOWN
MUNICH, GERMANY

SHOWTIME
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
ACT I

ABOUT BAKE THIS

Bake This is Munich’s first English speaking improv troupe, with an international cast from Malta, England, the USA, Germany, Canada, Spain, and Israel. They’ve been mixing it up since 2011, performing regularly and challenging themselves to take risks on and off stage.

Their name derives from their original rehearsal space in a small bakery and reflects their diversity in blending comedy with serious theatrical elements. They have a continuously expanding, international audience of whom many frequently return to their shows for more. They love to bake it big on stage, and if it can be belted out in song, even better – big emotions, big fun!

FORMAT

Give us a recent event – political, scientific or gossipy; grandiose or just plain weird, and we’ll explore the event or story together as it’s recalled. Then we’ll show you THE TRUE story.

Through the medium of song and dance, we’ll uncover the unsung heroes and confront the blatant propaganda we’ve been fed all our lives. Join us for heartfelt ballads, raucous crowd scenes, and magical duets as we offer an unusual window into the stories untold, even surprising ourselves at what we discover!

HOMETOWN
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

SHOWTIME
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
ACT II

ABOUT DIZZY

Dizzy is a duo consisting of of Peter More and Jochem Meijer, who have played together for more then 15 years.

They love to focus on the small little details in a scene and lead each other to surprising places. Not only do they have there duo Dizzy, they are part of the Easylaughs family (a weekly performing group in amsterdam). Dizzy creates beautiful lighthearted shows, where joy comes first.

FORMAT

Dizzy will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. They will retell the best story ever told. They have heard this story and will try to retell it as accurately as possible.

What elements of a story will make it the best? Will there be dragons there? Will there be robots? Maybe a princess or time travel? Come and see for yourself and experience the story to stop all stories.

HOMETOWN
MINNEAPOLIS, USA

SHOWTIME
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
ACT II

ABOUT DRUM MACHINE

Drum Machine is Jill Bernard’s one-person sweepingly epic unscripted musical.

The authof of “Jill Bernard’s Small Cute Book of Improv, Jill’s commitment to play and joyfulness in improv has become a signature of her shows.

Jill has performed Drum Machine in over forty improv festivals across the globe.

FORMAT

Drum Machine is Jill Bernard’s one-person sweepingly epic unscripted musical featuring multiple characters in scenes, monologues and songs accompanied by a musician.

The show opens with a brief interview of an audience member, then Bernard creates a musical that weaves details of their life into a historical period suggested by the audience.

HOMETOWN
BERLIN, GERMANY

SHOWTIME
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
ACT I

ABOUT FOXY FREESTYLE

Foxy Freestyle has been performing together for over a decade. Their shows focus on strong characters and stirring stories, providing illuminating collages covering important themes of life.

As a group, they are the primary engine in the Berlin Improv scene, performing and promoting Long Form Improvised Theater, and constantly introducing new formats and styles to the Berlin Improv Community.

FORMAT

“STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT”

– A long form improv show for two actors. –

Two strangers meet at a location (based on a suggestion by the audience). Due to external circumstances they have to stay at that place just by themselves. Little by little, their strangeness turns into familiarity and closeness. Flashbacks highlight some events earlier in their lives. At dawn the two will seperate again.

What remains with them is the memory of a night with a stranger.

HOMETOWN
BREST, FRANCE

SHOWTIME
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
ACT II

ABOUT IMPRO INFINI

Impro Infini creates performances with the art of improvisation, for stages, streets, for everyone, institutions, businesses…

Relying largely on physicality, movement, and mime, their shows are a refreshingly bare approach to improvised comedy.

Wherever there is a need to invent, to understand, to laugh and dream, to advance, to learn, share. Wherever we are together.

FORMAT

In everyday life, how can we express ourselves when its not possible to talk? Décibel is spechless show using only the universal body language, onomatopoeia, and sound effects.

This show use the art of mime to allow the audience to “dive” into situations, real or not, where the use of language is not possible. The actors, after having recovered from the public ideas of silent or extremely noisy places, imagine and play stories in these places which are all as hectic as the others. Accompanied by a musician-percussionist who participates interactively in the stories, they will bring you to realistic and surprising universes.

HOMETOWN
LONDON, ENGLAND

SHOWTIME
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
ACT II

ABOUT PHIL LUNN IS...

Phil is an improviser from London, UK. He’s been improvising for several years, both on stage and behind the piano.

Phil has worked with several leading UK groups including Music Box, Hoopla, and The Maydays, and has performed around the UK including several shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is Musical Director for Story Kitchen, a Theatresports company, also teaches improvised singing.

FORMAT

An evening with a lady who isn’t to be forgotten.

Phil Lunn Is… a cabaret singer, created for this one performance. Entirely improvised songs and entirely improvised conversation, all inspired by the audience.

HOMETOWN
COLOMBIA & REUNION ISLAND

SHOWTIME
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
ACT I

ABOUT THE MENTORS

The Mentors is a show created just for FiiF2017 by Daniel Orrantia and Keng-Sam Chane Chick Té, two FiiF Instructors who come from very different worlds, each with their own approach to Improv and Performing.

Keng-Sam is an improviser from Reunion Island (French Department), and plays with language, music, and physical space as inspiriation to create improvised theater. Daniel Orrantia comes from Colombia, where he uses clowning, mime, and comedy as tools for expression and storytelling, in an effort to push boundaries between physical theatre and improvisation.

Together, these two Mentors will create a show out of the elements provided to them by the Festival Atmosphere.

FORMAT

What happens when you give two world-class improvisers from different parts of the globe a chance to create their own show at an International Festival?

Will they play in English? Spanish? French? Who knows! We’ve given them full creative rights to develop, cast, and curate a performance just for FiiF2017! We’ll let them choose whether to play as a duo, or hand-pick their team from our ensemble of over 60 improvisers from around the world! The only thing that is certain, is that this show is going to be exciting!

HEADLINERS

New this year are FiiF Headliners! These teams of Professional Improvisers perform at Festivals and Events across the globe.

Be sure not to miss this opportunity to see why they are considered the best in the world!

HOMETOWN
MINNEAPOLIS & CHICAGO, USA

SHOWTIME
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th
ACT III

ABOUT SCRAM

SCRAM is an internationally touring improv show featuring Jill Bernard (Minneapolis) and Joe Bill (Chicago).  Both performers are world-class improvisers and teachers, each with their own unique approach to Improvisation.

Jill Bernard has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. A commitment to play and joyfulness is key to her style.

As a founding member of The Annoyance Theater, Joe Bill’s approach to improv is to teach players to “take care of themselves, in order to take care of others in a scene”.

Together, this mastermind duo has performed as SCRAM at festivals and events throughout the USA and the entire World.

FORMAT

Joe Bill and Jill Bernard improvise three scenes concurrently. Funny, daring, and theatrical, featuring two performers willing to break your heart along the way.

SCRAM blends elements of Joe’s signature format with Jill’s solo musical show to create a mesmerizing experience for audience and performers alike.

HOMETOWN
CHICAGO & MELBOURNE, AUS

SHOWTIME
THURSDAY, JUNE 15th
ACT III

ABOUT OUR PLAY

“OUR PLAY” features two internationally known impro teachers and performers. Patti Stiles (Melbourne) and Joe Bill (Chicago).

Patti Stiles served her theatre apprenticeship at the world renowned Loose Moose Theatre and was trainied by Keith Johnstone, bringing this knowledge and experience to the improv stage.

Joe Bill is a founding member of The Annoyance Theater, and is widely regarded as one of the best teachers of Scenic and Comedic Improvisation in America, teaching and performing regularly at iO Chicago.

Together, this duo creates beautiful Improvised Theater that transcends culture, style, and distance.

FORMAT

Our Play is a show that proves that, whatever “style” of improv you perform, there is a commonality to be found. Joe and Patti are two legends who make each show togther a beautiful thing to see.

Ultimately, the magnificence of the performance comes from their diverse approaches and the their ability to support each other fiercely. Come watch these masters perform together at the height of their craft.

HOMETOWN
BRISTOL, UK

SHOWTIME
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th
ACT III

ABOUT THE MAYDAYS

The Maydays are an award-winning British company who have been performing and teaching improvisation for 13 years.

Previous winners of Brighton Fringe Best Comedy Show Award, they have headlined sellout international improv festivals throughout Europe and toured to USA, playing in some of the major improv shows in Chicago.

The Maydays have a monthly residency at Komedia, as well as other gigs throughout the UK, and run sellout residential improv retreats twice a year. They also deliver bespoke shows and training for large scale corporate and private events Company members include Best Female Performers (winner and nominee) and a Funny Women Finalist. 

FORMAT

Happily Never After: a dark and twisted musical tale inspired by the warped imagination of film director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice).

Starting with your suggestion, these award-winning improvisers will take you on a unique journey through mysterious worlds, meeting the grotesque and the innocent and weaving a fantastical tale thats different every time. With black comedy, dynamic physicality and a bespoke cinematic soundtrack this will be a truly playful, creepy and enthralling experience.