logo empty space

Improvisation Course

The Empty Space

For everyone who stands in front of a public, an audience.

For those of us who feel restricted in being our true self under such circumstances.

For those who want more freedom in body and soul.

About the Zen of play… As a child we have played as much as we could and were allowed to, this was our way to learn about life.

At school, we were taught not to play.

Only during a break were we granted this and then, with restrictions. I have often seen this: a child standing quite still, observing…then suddenly, bursting into running or dropping into the grass and kicking her legs singing a song, or dancing a sacred dance with some invisible other.

Why would I want to re-learn this spontaneity, this just following my im-pulse?

It is to connect more deeply, with my creativity, my inner child and the joy of experimenting.

All of our fantastic designers and inventors know this art of play. We need to find an inner emptiness, a void of thoughts, worries, structures and comments.

A still point, the courage to surrender to the point where the space opens for new…This moment is Zen.

While in the audience we witness such a happening, we hold our breath, feeling the goosebumps for awe and respect.

So what will we learn?

The Art of Play

The Art of Improvisation

In this workshop I offer you the space and safety to find out, to unfold.

Mostly, we will first meet our own protector. This is the self, that we can allow to speak first so we get to know its language and concerns. Once this controller has had it’s say, has been heard and respected, then we might very well be allowed access to the underlying characters in us.

We learn: THE ART OF PLAY.

Now we can be the dog that is suddenly free from its leash, it jolts into life and expresses its being to the fullest, finding out as it runs along, all the stored energy bouncing of him, he will trip and bump into another…but as an elastic band he restores himself and continues.

Studio: Marci Panis, Marcusstraat 46-52, 1091TK Amsterdam

The workshop is on 5 Wednesday evenings, the first evening is a try out for you and costs less, so you can decide if you want to continue after the first class.

Language is Dutch and/or English


the pilot on March13: €7,50,-

4 Wednesday evenings from March 20 until April 10: €20,-

Times:18.30 – 22.00 hrs

minimum of participants: 6, maximum: 12

You are in, after a payment of €15,- on bankaccount NL 59 TRIO 0197725813 – Lydia Sillem and by sending me a mail, please add your mobile number.

Mailadres: [email protected]

Lydia 2019

Who is Lydia?

Lydia is a mime performer, she starred in numerous productions and short films. She co-founded Vitrine Mime Theatre in1991. She works as a director, mime-teacher, facilitates New Games, as a training-actor and as a master of ceremonies. She is a coach for anyone who faces an audience. Lydia loves thinking upside down and gives fantastic feedbacks.

Mailadres: [email protected]