(Inter)acting with the Inner Partner Courses in Finland

(Inter)acting with the Inner Partner Courses in Finland

Culture Current and its members have been organizing (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (IwIP) courses in Helsinki, Finland since January 2012.  The first beginner and intermediate courses were organized in collaboration with Alexander Komlosi and Milja Sarkola at Takomo Theatre. Since then, Culture Current has opened up 1-2 Beginner courses a year.  In 2012 and 2013 beginner and intermediate courses took place at The Performance Center Helsinki.  Since then, we have been practicing at the Finnish Actors’ Union rehearsal spaces.

Alexander Komlosi has been leading these classes. Ida Backer and Hanna Räskinmäki have also assisted and lead classes.  We’ve had guest teachers from Prague, including Irena Feithová and Howard Lotker.

In Finland, Alex has also taught classes at the Theatre Academy Helsinki, Svenska Teatern (the Swedish Theatre), and Valtimonteatteri independent of Culture Current.

Alex has taken advantage of IwIP to develop his own solo improvisational performance and pedagogical approach. It embraces many of IwIP’s basic principles and practices as well as those Alex from his research into performative well-being, and his own authorial acting and clown practice.

What is (Inter)acting with the Inner Partner? 

(Inter)acting with the Inner Partner (IwIP) is a solo improvisation discipline that explores the nature of dialogues in and around us. It is a guided process of coming to know yourself by relating to your inner partners in public. IwIP offers a holistic (psychosomatic) path of studying and practicing the basic principles and dynamics of creative communication and dramatic play.

What does it mean to be and (inter)act dramatically, playfully and spontaneously in a performance situation?

Through IwIP, you study and practice these and related questions and how they relate to a number of core values and dynamics like dialogue, partnership, conductive empathy, freedom, vital energy, dramatic play, and authorship with a trained teacher in class. You reflect on your experiences through written reflections on your own (with your inner partners).

In its broadest sense, IwIP is a path of self-discovery, self-understanding, self-acceptance, and self-realization. In its more specific senses, IwIP becomes what you make of it.

For more information about the discipline, please visit IwIP’s website.

If you’re interested…

IwIP courses for beginning students (if you have never practiced the discipline before)

IwIP for beginning students are being planned for spring, 2019. Please contact us if you’d like to receive information.

IwIP courses for continuing students (if you have participated in a course for beginning students and have attended at least 8 classes)

For fall, 2018, IwIP courses for continuing students will take place twice a month on Saturdays.  Please click here for more information.

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