YBY ep 262: Gael Doorneweerd-Perry on experiencing pure freedom performing onstage!
This week, Yes But Why speaks with globally acclaimed improviser, Gael Doorneweerd-Perry.
Gael is a French improv performer/teacher who is currently running The Flock Theatre in Amsterdam alongside his wife, Laura Doorneweerd-Perry. Gael started his improv journey in Strasbourg where co-founded Anananas & Pampamplemousse (formerly La Carpe Haute). He’s also co-founder of the SIN, an international network of improvisers in Europe.
Gael and Laura travel all over the globe, performing and teaching improv. Most recently in 2019-2020, they toured the world to teach and perform their romantic comedy narrative improv show, “Object of Affection.
In our conversation, Gael talks to me about his love for storytelling and for cats. Gael tells me about his start in improv with La Lolita Association in Strasbourg. We talk about the Flock Theater, the improv theater in Amsterdam that Gael runs with his partner, Laura Doorneweerd-Perry.
I talk about being a control freak. Gael says he prefers to perform unstructured, freeform improv. He says, “As much as I am someone who is very organized, I am also someone who don’t like authority.” Oh boy, we couldn’t be more similar.
We talk about the cultural differences of improv in different parts of the world. We have a really great discussion about communication and Gael really blows my mind with his theory on the “sending” and “receiving” communication styles. Seriously it opened my eyes to a whole new way of teaching improv.
Gael tells me about being creatively excited for teaching his upcoming classes. He is exploring Japanese cinema in one class and radio plays in another. Support Gael by taking one of his upcoming workshops! You will not be disappointed! Sign up for Gael’s newsletter and stay tuned for future projects!
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